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Impact of Urbanisation on Land Use/Land Cover in Puducherry City, India

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Abstract: The change ofland use plays a major role in the developmental activity of adeveloping country. Due to rapid growthof urbanisation and dramatic increasingpopulation, the fertile agricultural land has been converted to built-up area with respect to thedemand for housing requirement and to the need for basic infrastructurefacilities. The quantum of open space and surface water bodies has also been encroached. There has been a rapid growth of population in Puducherry city from 3.48million in 1991 to 5.44 million in 2011. Hence the conservation of naturalresources becomes one of the major challenges especially in small and medium town. This study wasconducted to assess the effect of change on landuse in urban agglomeration area ofPuducherry city for the duration period from 1997 to 2017. There has been anincrease in population in Puducherry city mainly attributed to higher scale ofmigration from adjoining rural areas and medium town for better education, jobopportunities and quality life. Hence, ithas been strongly recommended for stringent DevelopmentControl Regulations to quantify the urban sprawl and manage the impact of urbanisation of land use land cover inPuducherry city.

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