Analyzing the urbanization of major cities of Pakistan from 1975 to 2015.

Authors: Mahtab A Lodhi*, Independent Scholar
Topics: Remote Sensing, Land Use and Land Cover Change
Keywords: Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of Urban Areas, Satellite Imagery, Pakistan
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Lafayette, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 41st Floor
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According to provisional census data 2017, Pakistan’s population has increased to 208 million. The provisional census data also show an increase in urban-rural ratio. About 36 percent of country’s population is urban. Population in 10 largest cities has increased by 71 percent since the last census conducted in 1998. The population of these 10 major cities accounts for about 20 percent of the country's total population. At the current rate of urban growth, Pakistan’s urban population is expected to reach to a level of 50 percent by 2030. The rapid urbanization in the country is posing serious developmental, social, and environmental challenges. The most serious urbanization related challenges and problems include urban infrastructure deficit, housing, energy and fuel shortages, urban poverty, unemployment, crime, and environmental pollution. The study utilizes the historical satellite imagery to estimate the rate of urban growth in selected eight major cities of Pakistan between 1975 and 2015. Among the eight major cities analyzed in the study, Quetta located in Baluchistan province, Karachi in Sind province, and the twin cities of Islamabad (Federal Capital Territory) and Rawalpindi, experienced the highest urban growth during the past 40 years period.

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