TREND OF URBANISATION AND GROWTH OF SMALL TOWNS IN BARDDHAMAN DISTRICT, WEST BENGAL, INDIA

Sushmita CHAKRABORTY, Namita CHAKMA

Abstract


As per the census of India 2011, Barddhaman district (22o56' N to 23o53'N and 86o48' E to 88o25' E) holds 4th position in percentage share of urban population in West Bengal, India. The district shows an increase in rate of urbanisation from 1971-2011. Level of urbanisation is high than the state and national averages. There exists wide intra district variation in level of urbanisation. Interestingly, much of the share comes from Western Barddhaman, comprising Asansol and Durgapur subdivisions. Town spacing is also low here, indicating high concentration. The present work intends to study trend of urbanisation and growth of small towns in Barddhaman district, West Bengal, India. Census of India data (1971 to 2011) have been used for the analysis. There is an uneven development of the small towns and the number of them obviously high in Western one than the Eastern part.

Keywords


urbanisation, level of urbanisation, small town, town spacing, urban growth

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15551/scigeo.v60i1.332

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