URBAN SPRAWL IN KARACHI

S. AKHTAR, M. R. DHANANI

Abstract


In the per iod of 1981to1998 massive f l ight of populat ion was recorded in Karachi Ci ty f rom the cent ral ci ty to the outski r ts. As a resul t cent ral populat ion densi ty sharply fel l and populat ion densi ty gradient adopted a gent le s lope. Simi lar ly dur ing the per iod 2002 to 2012, massive rural lands in Karachi had been conver ted into urbanized lands. As a resul t f i r st t ime overal l populat ion densi ty of Karachi fel l . These resul ts indicate urban sprawl phenomenon in Karachi which was f i rst ident i f ied in Amer ica in the 1950s. This paper is an at tempt :
a) to invest igat e urban sprawl phenomenon in Karachi
b) to evaluate how urban sprawl in Karachi is dissimi lar to Amer ican ci t ies
c) to probe causes and impacts of sprawl in Karachi , and
d) to analyse opinions of the ci ty dwel lers about the pol icies of dispersal and counter dis persal .

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