“Rurban” a concept for languid and benign urbanisation

Keshav Chaturvedi

The new government in India is planning to replicate an attempt made by the state government (Gujarat) from where the present prime minister has been chosen. The concept is called “Rurban” development. The philosophy behind the concept is to provide city like infrastructure in the over grown rural areas with an aim to ease pressure on cities and also stop migration a step earlier.
According to the 2011 census report, a huge chunk of migration is happening within rural areas. The report says that almost half of the rural population now lives in 1.2 lakh (120000) villages with a population ranging between 2000 to slightly more than 10,000 inhabitants.
In the last 10 years the number of big villages (those with more than 10000 inhabitants) has increased by 670. In many parts of the developed as well as developing world even cities don’t have this kind of population. Due to…

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