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Title: Role of grounwater in urban development : study of Delhi and its peri-urban areas.
Author: Rohilla, S. K.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3533 9061
Awarding Body: Queens University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2008
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This research emphasises that quality of our lives is dependent on quality of our environment, which in turn is dependent on the quality of land use as a result of urban planning. In the process of urbanisation, the subsurface environment namely the presence or absence of groundwater is a key factor. This thesis examines role of groundwater in urban development and planning from the point of view of sustainability of the in-situ resource in the long run as an important source to meeting increasing water requirements of urban agglomeration. The study area for the thesis is the National Capital Territory (NCT) Delhi and its peri-urban areas. The existing urban agglomeration of Delhi is already overburdened and is increasing extraction of groundwater to meet the constant demand supply gap resulting in a rapid decline of groundwater table in the NCT Delhi. In terms of the available and utilisable groundwater for domestic and non-domestic requirements the existing city core as well as the peri-urban areas of Delhi has fallen into the category of overdrawn groundwater resources. The thesis examines the stages and patterns of urban evolution in the Delhi metropolis and its peri-urban areas and links the role of groundwater in urban development in the past as well as present. Further with the help of a case study -'Dwarka sub-city' within the immediate urban extensions in NCT Delhi, the thesis establishes the systemic role that groundwater plays in the various stages of urban development and planning in NCT Delhi and its peri-urban areas. Based on the findings, the thesis suggests policy interventions in developing a land use strategy for urban areas reflecting concerns of sustainable use of groundwater in Delhi.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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