Shradha Gupta


Industries framing an image of Naroda

Gordon Cullen in his book 'The Concise Townscape' explained that Townscape is a visual art contained in the arrangement of buildings, roads, trees, nature and urban environment that decorates the space, it is one way to recognise the physical form of a city. Considering the area located in the suburbs of Naroda Industrial Area, which started developing post-independence, when the major focus was drawn towards the rapid promotion of industries and orderly development in the state of Gujarat (Shodhganga,6.4 GIDC,184). During this period many textile mills were established which influenced the growth of the precinct. The precinct grew as an industrial estate, which attracted people from Saurashtra in search of better job opportunities, therefore a rapid increase in the demanded affordable housing. Many factory workers settled in chali which were initially provided by the factory owners as an incentive. People who could afford better housing option opted for row houses, semi-detached or apartment as a housing option. With time there was a considerable downfall in the factories due to which people had no job security so, people started to search for better job opportunities, educational facilities, etc. as the connectivity improved with the establishment of BRTS and wider roads. Intending to fulfil the housing demand, people tend to build individual houses and no efforts were made in having open and recreational spaces for kids and elders. Now, to enjoy the facilities of parks, recreational spaces, better Infrastructure, people of higher income group have started to plan their retirement free from industrial pollution, they are now settling around the fringes i.e. Nikol and Nava Naroda, whereas people living in Chali who cannot afford land price are improvising their lifestyles. 

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Ahmedabad is a noteworthy industrial city known as the Manchester of the east where Industrial development began to create along with the western piece of the city. In 1947, post-independence, eastern side began to grow because of the development of numerous housing and institution. At that point in1962, GIDC created three Industrial domains as Naroda, Odav and Vatva which lead to the arrangement of small estates alongside plants producing greater business openings. As Naroda was thriving with n

The proposal and implementation of GIDC Act 1962 impacted the development of the precinct as it is located in the suburbs of Naroda Industrial Area, from where industries started to spread. The act aimed at rapid promotion of industries and orderly development in the state of Gujarat (Shodhganga: 6.4 GIDC: 184). This led to the formation of Naroda Industrial Area in 1962, where industries such as Textile, refinery, engineering, drugs and pharmaceuticals were developed. Then by 1965, there were r

In 1986, when the population was increasing after the downfall of the textile industry and the growth of the diamond industry, Government worked on development plan AMC extended its limits towards Naroda and separated Bapunagar as a Green Belt zone for cleaner condition, however with the growing demand of residences, farmers as a team with manufacturers offered the land to Individuals so they had the option to settle close to the working environment and the land rates were less expensive wh

In 1998, TP Scheme was applied to the precinct. Town-Planning Scheme (TP Scheme) is a crucial planning tool used in Gujarat which allows appropriation of land for public purposes such as building street networks, social amenities and other infrastructure. TP Schemes help organize urban growth in a planned manner. The TP Scheme divides the precinct into three different zones. But the precinct was mostly developed before the TP scheme was applied so the main job was to divide the existing buildin

The precinct doesn’t have any planned open space as such. The reason behind this is because of the presence of few social spaces around the precinct. There are many temples within the precinct but has not been used because of the proximity of Mahakali Temple which attracts more residents mainly due the grandeur and scale of the space which is also used for celebration of festivals. Also, there are few markets namely the Arvind Mill Market, Hirawadi Vegetable Market and Bapunagar Vegetable Market

Even though there are only a few land parcels available within the precinct which are to be developed, the precinct is stagnant in terms of growth. But, since the precinct has high population demand, builders prefer to construct high rise buildings rather than row houses so as to accommodate more population. In the Precinct, most of the buildings consume 100% FSI which means the land is utilized completely by the Industrial as well as residential zones. The increase in travel distance is also b

From wage gaps to social prejudices, Indian women face multiple barriers to entering the workforce in greater numbers. The area is providing more than 6500 job opportunities, out of which 80% of the jobs are specifically for the males in Industrial, commercial, residential, institutional and in other sectors as well, which indicates the number of job options males is having. Whereas the leftover 20% of the job opportunities for women are mainly in Residential and Institutional sectors, there are

The women labour forces face societal attitudes which gives preference to marriage over job and education, which is also the reason for lack of suitable job opportunities. Women workers remain highly over-represented in the low value-added industries as well as occupations, such as agriculture, textiles, and domestic service,” (Tandon,2018). These low-value-added industries have led women to continue to be on the lower end of the pay scale earning less than ?10000 per month on an average. The p

This cycle of migration is continuous one goes another comes. But with time, living conditions along with their style of living changes. This change also helps in resolving society restrictions for women. They are becoming more liberal and independent. In terms of physical change, residents are hoping for better liveable neighbourhoods which are free from industrial pollution, have recreational open spaces for elders as well as children and have better connectivity. But one thing that bothers is