Book chapter / Urbanization in Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Vaddiraju, Anil Kumar. ‘Kerala and Tamil Nadu: Rapid Urbanization and Dispersed Urban Growth’. In Urban Governance and Local Democracy in South India, 57-71. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2021.
Abstract: This chapter presents the trends of urbanization in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The chapter argues that the urbanization process has been more dispersed in both states than that of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
We also argue that the dispersed pattern of urbanization in Kerala and Tamil Nadu makes it a more inclusive development process.
After discussing the trends of urbanization in both the states, we present a case study of one city in Tamil Nadu, namely Salem.
While there is no doubt that the urban development process in Tamil Nadu is even, dispersed and balanced, the problems in cities such as Salem are more or less in accordance with the problems we found in other cities such as Dharwad.
Urban governance also did not show much difference between that of cities such as Dharwad as the cities were basically governed by bureaucracy.

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