Recreating Lakes of Faridabad as Economic Spaces: Studying Badhkal and Surajkund

Authors: Anuja Yadav*, University of Delhi
Topics: Economic Geography, Urban Geography, Water Resources and Hydrology
Keywords: De-Growth, Place-Led development, Post-Industrial cities, Recreate
Session Type: Paper
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“Triumph of a city is gauged by the broadness of its vision and pinnacle of its dreams”. Post-industrial cities are experiencing economic and political changes, which promotes creativity and innovation. Recreating economic spaces is a fundamental to global development, which fosters inclusive development. The present research focuses on the post-industrial city Faridabad, which is nestled amidst the Aravalli Hills and located in National Capital Region. It also explore the notion in context of de-growth or post-growth. The city has been energized by the recent myriad developmental plans. Two of its most famous tourist spots, Badhkal Lake and Surajkund Lake, lost their economic, social and ecological value. The city will unleash its true economic potential through the model of place-led development. These newly re-created economic spaces will build a new sense of community, and create opportunities for people to come together. Regarding this, both participant and non-participant observation techniques will be used. Questionnaire surveys as well as in-depth interviews of the selected people will be used to fulfil the gap in research. This city is working on a new vision for its future that will address its long-term challenges while improving the quality of life for its residents in the short term.

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