DESIGNING URBAN OPEN SPACES OF BARDDHAMAN TOWN, WEST BENGAL, INDIA

Namita CHAKMA, Biswajit GHOSH

Abstract


Located in 23014'N latitude and 870 51’ E longitudes, Barddhaman, the Class I town (since 1961) is the head-quarter of the Barddhaman district, West Bengal, India. In term of size of population, the town ranked 13th in the state. Being site and situational advantages, this agriculturally prosperous town since its inception has been recognised as the seat of settled civilization. Urban open spaces are important component to sustainable living in urban areas as they provide environmental, social and economic benefits. Barddhaman town has 122 open space sites comprising an area of 193 ha (8.59%): some are used as playground and rest are vacant as non-used assets. The present work intends to build a framework for rational use of open spaces for the sustenance of the town. For the present study 20 of such open spaces have been selected and comparatively analysed on the basis of standard score of two variables: distance from CBD (1) and areal extent (2) to find out their economic and environmental significance. Finally, a proposal has made for the uses of open spaces to make the town sustainable.

Key words: Open space, town, CBD, standard score, environment, sustainable town


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15551/scigeo.v58i2.168

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