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Cities have developed on the banks of rivers from the dawn of civilizations. The urban fabric of Indian cities is an intricate tapestry composed of settlements that span almost 4000 years of urban history. Cities as old as 2500 B.C co-exist sometimes in harmony and sometimes in conflict with cities that are still being conceived. The pace of urbanization in India is unprecedented and the country hosts some of the most populous cities in the world. According to the 2011 census, urbanization in India has increased faster than expected reversing the declining trends of the earlier decades. (Census of India, 2011) This boom presents its own set of challenges and opportunities. The role of a Landscape Planner becomes prominent since ensuring the balance of ecological processes and the components of Master Plans are imperative to ensure a sustainable future.



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