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Urban Environment in India: Issues and Challenges

Awadhesh Kumar Singh (Editor) Nasruddin . (Editor) S.P. Singh (Editor)

Growing urbanization is posing serious environmental concerns in India in terms of changing land use pattern, increasing carbon emissions, solid waste generation and disposal, air and water pollution and poor sanitation amenities. A large segment of urban population in India resides in slums, squatters and informal settlement. These settlements are often located in low laying areas prone to direct and indirect risks due to environmental degradation including changes in the climate and lack of basic urban services. An urban environment is complex primarily because of rapidly changing variables such as socio-economic and demographic indicators, land-use patterns, resource demand and utilization patterns, lifestyle changes etc. In the light of climate change, a new layer of uncertainty is added in terms of changes in precipitation, temperature and occurrence of extreme events. Furthermore, there are scale mismatches; in terms of the timescales over which policymakers and urban planners operate, and scales over which projected impacts of environmental decisions, degradation, climate variability and change will manifest. Major challenge for cities in the face of rapid population growth is to maintain sustainability within the social, economic and environmental dimensions. Urban systems are at risk to different kind of hazards. Several factors contribute to the urban risk profile. The changing urban environment has implications on ecology, human morbidity and mortality. There is wide array of problems faced by urban centers. Therefore, there is need for creating efficient sustainable plans to overcome the challenges. The improvements in living conditions like improved transportation, sanitation, clean drinking water, improved sewage and solid waste management and well-managed infrastructure lead to preventive measures. The present volume highlights the dynamics of urban environment, sustainability and emerging issues and challenges in the context of changing urban eco systems. It is expected the volume will be highly useful in understanding of urban environment, and evolving roadmap for improving environmental conditions and sustainable environmental planning in India.

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About the authors

Awadhesh Kumar Singh

Dr. Awadhesh Kr. Singh (b. 1961) is presently consultant, Institute of Development Studies, and Faculty Member, MMEM Programme, Institute of Management Sciences, Lucknow University, Lucknow. Dr. Singh is associated with a number of academic bodies NGO's, journal, magazines, and research institution. He has a few published books and over six dozens of papers in his credit. Dr. Singh has attended and participated in a number of seminars, workshops, training programmes and conferences. He is well received in academic forums.

S.P. Singh

Dr. S.P. Singh, obtained degrees of B.Sc. (Hons.) Ag. & A.H. and M.Sc. (Ag.) Horticulture from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar (UP) India in 1964 and 1970 respectively. In the same University, he conducted research and imparted technical know-how on seed production technology in cereal and vegetable crops to the progressive farmers of Tarai region of western U.P. He was awarded Senior Research Fellowship by CSIR, New Delhi leading to Ph.D. degree in Horticulture at National Botanical Reserch Institute, Lucknow under Kanpur University, Kanpur (UP) in 1974-78. He joined Konkar Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli, Ditt. Ratnagiri (MS) as Assistant Professor in 1978 and worked in the cadre of Associate Professor from January 1979 to Nov. 1983 in the same University. Presently Dr. Singh is serving as Associate Professor of Horticulture at Gujarat Agricultural University, Junagadh Campups, Junagadh since December, 1983. Dr. Singh has published more than 50 research papers and 65 semi-research articles in Horticulture. Dr. Singh is a life member of the Indian Journal of Plant Science Research and Indian Farmers’ Digest His main areas of interests are floriculture, olericulture and plantation crops. He is author of three more books, viz. 1. Mist propagation, 2. The Gliricidia, 3. Scientific Management of Arecanut Gardens.

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Title Urban Environment in India: Issues and Challenges
Format Hardcover
Date published: 04.04.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789386611130
length 455p.