Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of the RWTH Aachen University

Monthly Archives: March 2011

Urbanisation in India

India’s rate (less than 30 percent) and growth of urbanization was for a long time still low. Due to economic reforms urbanization increased.  Until the year 2015 the number of megacities in India will increase to nine. Three of them will belong to the 10 biggest cities in the world. Read more »

Water Resources in Hyderabad – A Short Overview

The past rulers and kings of Hyderabad used a lot of resources in their time to create large reservoirs along the River Musi to supply the growing needs of water for the city of Hyderabad. They never would have thought that in the future, the growth of the city will become the reason for destruction of the various water sources of the city, both manmade and natural. Destroying or polluting the locally available water resources when the water needs of a megacity like Hyderabad is continuously increasing is simply unintelligent.

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Informality in Hyderabad/India

Hyderabad, the capital of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, is one of India’s fast-growing metropolises and according to the Census the population in its urban agglomeration amounted to 5.8 million inhabitants in 2001. By 2011, when the results of the latest Census will be published, it will have far exceeded the 6 million mark. Read more »

Urban lifestyle forms and resulting issues for water resources

One effect of the on-going urbanisation and globalisation process in India is the rise of the so named middle class. Although an Indian middle class already existed in the colonial area, this term is contemporary used in the sense of advertising and marketing for a new consumer class. Associated with this use is the term lifestyle. Read more »

Slums and Squatters

Indian cities are often associated with the existence of large slum areas whose inhabitants live in self constructed dwellings under very poor economic and environmental conditions. Read more »