Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of the RWTH Aachen University

The not so secret Secret Lake – Environmental issues in Hyderabad’s fast growing periphery

Hyderabad is one of the fastest growing cities in India and has an estimated population of around 7 million, expected to rise to 9 million in 2025 according to numbers of the United Nations. This fast growth can partly be attributed to the exceptional economic transformation it has experienced in the last 15 years. Read more »

Trip back to Rourkela

I and my son had spent a three weeks home leave in Germany. For the way back to Rourkela, I had booked a flight with Air India from Frankfurt to Kolkata and a night train from there to Rourkela. First part of the flight was to Delhi and we arrived in the morning. We were tired because of time difference of 3 ½ hours and it was difficult to sleep in the small airplane seats. Read more »

Urbanization in the Pearl River Delta (China) and its impact on water resources

After three months I’ve finally finished my Bachelor thesis! The topic was urbanization in China and its consequences on water resources. I demonstrated this using the example of the Southern Chinese Pearl River Delta, which can be described as a huge urban agglomeration. There, my research focused on the cities Foshan, Dongguan and Shenzhen. Read more »

Indian Megacities – Mumbai and the Growth of “Neo Towns”

For my research about Megacities in India I must at least have visited Mumbai. Formerly known as Bombay, it is ultimately the biggest city of India right before Delhi. At the same time it is one of the most populous Asian urban agglomerations and among the 10 biggest of the world. I prepared myself with the thesis of Peter Gotsch, a German urban planner and experience scientist. This publication covers the theme „Neo Towns“, hence it was especially suitable regarding the examination of the New Middle Class. Read more »

Urban Development of Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar is the capital city of the state of Orissa, which is situated in the east of India. The city lies within the district of Khurda, which features the highest degree of urbanization in Orissa, the highest population density and a population growth rate of nearly 25 % between 2001 and 2011 (according to provisional 2011 Census data). Bhubaneswar is the economic as well as the educational centre of the state. Until the Indian independence in 1948 the city was only of religious importance. The rapid development since then gives evidence of how political will can affect regional and urban development. Read more »