ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Poverty of Urban Planning

The Indian City: Poverty, Ecology and Urban Development ed Alfred de Souza; Manohar Publications, 1978; pp xxxi + 243, Rs 55. THIS small book contains eleven penetrating studies of the Indian urban scene in its most striking aspect; pervasive povetry. Recent years have brought mounting concern over the declining quality of life, the hazards of industrial pollution, the transportation problem and the chaotic traffic conditions, as well as the law and order situation in our cities, and much has been written on one or the other of these undoubtedly grave issues. But till I got 'The Indian City" I had yet to see a book that deals so sensibly with the central problem which generates most others in our cities, the problems of the poor, and the gross inefficiencies and inequities that characterise urbanisation.

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