Urban Development in Howrah
ISBN: 978-93-84082-39-0 • 2015 • HB • 426 pp. • ₹ 1595 • $ 74.95 • £ 49.95

Urban Development in Howrah: Socio-Economic Perspectives


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edited by Mahalaya Chatterjee
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Calcutta
Anis Mukhopadhyay
Honorary Associate, Centre for Urban Economic Studies, University of Calcutta

This volume is the first comprehensive effort to understand and analyse various aspects of the urban development of the district and the city of Howrah, as well as its economy, transport, environment and its future prospects. It flourished as a centre for diverse industries during the colonial period, but post-independence planning for balanced industrial growth of the country and later the new economic policies wiped away most of the advantages it had as a manufacturing centre and industrial growth pole. It retained, however, its premier position as an important transport hub and is now re-emerging as a logistics centre. Unplanned urbanization, the decline of industries, lack of civic and other amenities as well as the impact of a growing population had marked the decline of Howrah. However, a new Howrah, buoyed by market forces is straining to break out: this volume is a chronicle and a manifesto for Howrah’s future.


Parama Bannerji (Ray Chaudhuri) • Nandita Basak • Uttam Bhattacharya • Sonbhanlal Bonnerjee • Eshita Boral • Gargi Chakraborty • Koyel Chakraborty • Mahalaya Chatterjee • Riddhi Chatterjee • Rita De • Tessta Dey • Arijita Dutta • Pabitra Giri • Dipanjana Maulik • Soumen Mitra • Saurav Mondal • Anis Mukhopadhyay • Souvanic Roy • Sudip Kumar Roy • Prakasnarayan Santra • Manas Kumar Sanyal • Sankar Kumar Sanyal • Prasenjit Sarkhel • L.N. Satpati

‘Given that the west bank of the Hooghly has always faced administrative apathy and academic obscurity, Urban Development in Howrah: Socio­Economic Perspectives assumes a significant position in understanding urban agglomerations beyond their metropolitan counterparts.’

Anurag Mazumdar, Economic & Political Weekly


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