The Erosion of Sense of Place: Shimla, a Himalayan Town

Authors: Rajinder Jutla*, Missouri State University
Topics: Urban Geography, Environmental Perception, Sustainability Science
Keywords: Sense of Place, Sustainability, Urban Geography, Asian Cities
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Gallier A, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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This study will focus on Simla, a hill station founded by the British during their colonial rule. This is reflected even today in its Gothic and Tudor style buildings. The city was originally planned for a population of 30,000 to 40,000 but the present population has crossed 200,000. Simla has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years and has emerged as a popular tourist destination in the Himalayas. This has put added pressure on the land. Slopes which were once thought to be unsafe and inappropriate for construction were altered for development. This growth has transformed the character of the city and has caused an erosion of its picturesque image, changing it from a landscape of tall majestic evergreens to one of concrete buildings perched on hillsides. The paper will examine the development of Simla and its resulting environmental cost in the post-independence period.

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