Assymmetrical development and urban Agglomeration issues in Shilong

Volume: 10 | Issue: 01 | Year 2024 | Subscription
International Journal of Town Planning and Management
Received Date: 03/01/2024
Acceptance Date: 04/01/2024
Published On: 2024-04-16
First Page: 1
Last Page: 9

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By: Elangmiki Shullai


Abstract: The expansion of the hill city of Shillong has sprawled into an urban agglomeration that lacks organised urban management with a population that is not as well served through development schemes as the core municipal area. Over the past few decades, growth in the Municipal area has gradually decreased as population density has overshot acceptable limits. At the same time, new Census towns have enlarged the urban agglomeration with some towns witnessing considerable growth. However, such growth has not been accompanied by an effective urban management structure which leads to asymmetrical development. The absence of a unified body to address urban planning and development in a holistic manner results in a scenario where limited urban development schemes are received in these towns. Considering the increasing urbanisation into the city and agglomeration area, a satellite township has been developed to decentralize important functions from the primate city and act as an exercise for decongestion. This measure requires balance however, as the inclusion of sprawling neighbourhoods will require an efficient public transport system and an adequate road network, compelling people to depend on motorized transport. Residents of these neighbourhoods would also have to spend more on transportation costs than those that live within the primate city. This leads to social isolation as people spend more time commuting than engaging in social interaction. It also causes health problems with a large increase in auto emissions also increase, which in turn causes threats to the environment in the form of global warming.  Within the core city and urban agglomeration, a revamp of building regulations with an efficient use of land will help preserve open space and control urban sprawl. This can be achieved by increasing building footprints, especially for core commercial areas while retaining height restrictions.

Keywords: Urban Sprawl, Urban Agglomeration, Density, Urban Growth, Global Warming.



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