Exploring the Metropolitan Area of Delhi: A Spatial Exploratory Data Analysis of the Metropolisation Process

We can define metropolisation as an urban phenomenon based on two movements: the concentration of population and wealth in the biggest agglomerations and an expansion of these agglomerations that overwhelmed the classical opposition between rural and urban areas (MORICONI-EBRARD, 2001). Delhi has been one of the fastest growing metropolises over the past few decades in India (the population multiplied nine times in 50 years). With the development of a Geographical Information System (GIS) on the National Capital Region of Delhi (an area covering 33,578 sq. km and comprising 37 Millions inhabitants) we would like to assess and analyse the spatial and the social changes produced by metropolisation. By using data from 1991 and 2001 Census, our objective is to build specific indicators that can help us to define metropolisation and the metropolitan area of Delhi. Can we picture different levels of integration in the metropolitan area of Delhi? What areas of NCR are taking an active role in the metropolisation process? What areas are left behind by the metropolisation? How is metropolisation transforming the economic and social structure of former rural areas? Is metropolisation accelerating some social changes observed in the North Western part of India, such as the decrease of fertility or the degradation of Sex Ratio?

Institutional partnerships

- Go to the website JNU : Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India)
- Go to the website Université de Rouen, Département de geographie (Rouen, France)
  • Participants :
    Paramita BANERJEE
    Swati SACHDEV