Rajarhat and the Dystopia of Urban Imagination
Sen, Suhit K.
|Series title:||Cities and the Urban Imperative Ser.|
|Publication Date:||Aug 2013|
| Publisher:||Taylor & Francis Group|
| Imprint:||Routledge India|
| Book Format:||Hardback|
|List Price:||USD $160.00|
| Book Description: |
This book examines the politics behind, and the socio-economic and ecological repercussions of, the making of a new township, variously called New Town, Megacity or Jyoti Basu Nagar, in Rajarhat near Kolkata. Conceived by the West Bengal state government in the mid-1990s, in pandering to the vision of urban planners of creating a hi-tech town beyond an unruly, crowded Kolkata, and feeding the hunger of realtors and developers, the city is built on the foundations of coercive,...