Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Land Use in Fringe Area using GIS: A Case Study of Madurai City, Tamil Nadu

International Journal of Geomatics and Geosciences, Volume 1, No 2, 2010

Manonmani I.K.

“Urbanization is one of the most powerful socioeconomic components of the modern society. It is a dynamic force since it undergoes considerable spatial and temporal variations. In cities like Madurai this variation is more pronounced in the peripheral areas due to rapid horizontal expansion which has outpaced the vertical expansion of the city. In addition, the rapid growth of India which has triggered the infrastructure development like modern highways, proliferation of more automobiles etc. facilitates such horizontal expansion of the city and more and more people were found to shift from agricultural to nonagricultural occupation. Hence, it is logical to expect that a proper utilization of land in the fringe areas is basic for effective urban planning. Hence, in the present study an attempt has been made to study the fringe areas; particularly their land use modifications.”

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