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Record number 486519
Title Limits of policy and planning in peri-urban waterscapes: the case of Ghaziabad, Delhi, India
Author(s) Mehta, L.; Karpouzoglou, T.D.
Source Habitat International 48 (2015). - ISSN 0197-3975 - p. 159 - 168.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.03.008
Department(s) Public Administration and Policy
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) periurban interface - political ecology - water management - cities - governance - city - adaptation - sanitation - lessons - science
Abstract The notion of the waterscape has been proposed to capture the interconnectedness of economic, political, cultural and social processes embedded in water. More recently recognised, yet still relatively under-theorised are waterscapes that are ‘in-between’ the city and the periphery. This article focuses on peri-urban Delhi, specifically the area around Ghaziabad. We show that peri-urban waterscapes do not fit into existing urban or rural planning models because these same models largely fail to recognise the peri-urban interface as a distinct form of territorial development. As a result a diverse range of mobilisations around water relevant to the peri-urban poor are systematically undermined while power asymmetries that shape access to water remain unrecognised. Peri-urban spaces thus continue to be planned as if in a transition towards urban modernity despite the complex social, political, technological and cultural realities these spaces represent. The failure to address current limits of policy and planning in peri-urban waterscapes has long term implications for the resilience, sustainability and transformative adaptation of both city and periphery.
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