Encroachment? Walking through the Lal Kuan locality on Delhi-Faridabad border, one confronts the sharp line of division between natural, necessary and encroachment. The informal housing as well as new planned development is taking up spaces abandoned after closure of mining activities. People taking up the land are building to sustain their lives but are essentially developing by altering the natural terrain composed of Aravali hills. Such urban edges give a glimpse into challenges of walking the tight rope of urbanisation. #informal #housing #sustainable #development #encroachment #urban #urbanprecis #stone #expansion #village #India #urbanisation Photo – Manik Doomra (@manikdoomra)
Urban Villages – The villages in proximity of major urban centres are fast losing their rural character owing to easy access to money, services and material, jobs and opportunities. Such rural centres are no longer dependent on agriculture alone. This material transition is often coupled with eroding worth of traditional knowledge and systems. The very systems which evolved due to sustainable nature and tendency to be in tandem with nature.