Spatial Analysis on the Provision of Urban Amenities and their Deficiencies – A Case Study of Srinagar City, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Research on Humanities and Social SciencesResearch on Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol.2, No.6, 2012

Jahangeer A. Parry, Showkat A. Ganaie, Zahoor A. Nengroo, and M. Sultan Bhat

“The paper examined inequality in the distribution of urban amenities in Srinagar City. Inequality in the study area is manifested in the form of unequal provision of social amenities within the wards (municipal units) of the City. The spatial distribution and concentration of two social amenities, viz, educational institutions and fire service stations was studied. The study mainly relied on the secondary sources of data. The Z-score variate has been used to determine the spatial concentration pattern in the provision of these amenities. However, Lorenz Curve proved to be a useful tool in accessing and quantifying the spatial disparity. The results of the analysis indicate that inequalities exist in the provision of accessibility of these amenities among different wards in Srinagar city. The reasons for the uneven distribution of urban amenities are spurt urban growth in the last three decades and poor management planning. The paper suggests that planning body must keep pace with the urban sprawl in order to ensure the equitable distribution of urban amenities in the city.”