Living In The In Between: Transforming The Urban Fringe in Bettahalsuru, Bangalore
Abstract: India is and has always been an agricultural country. The country’s Agri-exports touched Rs 2.52 lakh crores (about USD 35 billion) in the financial year 2019-20 (Sally, 2021), out of a total income from exports of around USD 300 billion (Sally, 2021). This makes rural regions and agricultural lands incredibly important to the country. The urban regions in India are valued for their urban infrastructure. Indian cities are homes to the largest urban transformation in the twenty-first century. More populations are predicted to be living in Indian cities in the near future. With the rural regions and urban areas both playing integral roles in India’s urban development, the areas in between are being neglected. These areas mainly house low-income groups with very little urban infrastructure and vast open lands that are being wasted. In order to ensure sustainable urban development in India, it is a matter of urgency and relevance to improve these areas and strengthen these communities.
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