Comparative Study of Urban Development Pattern: Case of Mumbai and Ahmedabad, India

Brinda Deevi, G. Karteek


Due to rapid urbanisation, regulating and sustaining urban growth is a point of major concern in cities today. Often cities have dispersed and unorganized growth patterns with very less control on the urban form. FSI is one of the determinants of urban form which regulates the intensity of built form in cities. This article explores the impact of FSI on cities and how the compactness of a city is affected by change in FSI and vice-versa. A compartitive analysis of FSI in two Indian cities-Mumbai and Ahmedabad are conducted to find the relationship between FSI, compactness and urban form. The study concludes that the land cost, transportation and urban spatial pattern in influenced by FSI and density factors in these cities. It was found that Mumbai with high population densities could not manage to have a controlled growth as compared to Ahmedabad where diffrential FSI patterns and high densities in the core areas helped the city to maintain a compact urban form. The study brings more insight on the aspects related to the city growth and factors affecting the same. 

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