Changing Urban Traits – A study on Bengaluru Urban Agglomeration, India

  •  Priyadarshini Sen    


Bengaluru once a tiny village in the 12th Century grew through times to become one of the fastest growing cities in the world in the 21st Century. A city of the past, present and future is unlike any other cities in India, yet is a very much Indian city; it has a history of 450 years. The following essay presents the history about Bengaluru, its growth and changing land use and development from a traditional royal kingdom to the country’s leading software destination. Ideologically the concept of conurbation introduced by Patric Geddes (1915) signified a growth process of built – up structure in the rural enclaves in between a chain of towns generally linked to a primate city. Further, T.W. Freeman introduced the term agglomeration given by a central city with satellite towns. For Bengaluru, the process of sprawl of a primate city is well linked to the essential expansion of itself encompassing the other towns and growth foci. Objective of this paper is to highlight the city of Bengaluru in the context of its changing land use and growing influence on the rest of the urban centres of Karnataka state. Besides suburban growth has been dominant for the developing countries since late 20th Century which began with the movement of the wealthy and gradually spread down through all classes in the society with improving transport networks.

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