ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Planning as Practice?

Governing Conjunctures and Informal Urbanisation in Solapur Town

Solapur is a town in Maharashtra with a vibrant industrial legacy, yet fraught with spatial and socio-economic divisions in the contemporary moment. It shows a pattern of largely informal development and the gradual emergence of a new industry and politics centred on land. This paper which throws light on the evolution and dynamics of urbanisation arising in Solapur, brings out the disconnects that cut across its industrial, spatial, political and social landscapes and reveals a town functioning at low levels of industrial dynamism and physical and social infrastructure, characterised by high levels of poverty.

The fieldwork for this paper was supported by the Ford Foundation under the Urban India Research Facility-2 Project. The authors would like to acknowledge Anup Tripathi, who provided research assistance and Srikant Kamble and Santosh Pawar who were local collaborators in Solapur. The authors are also grateful to an unknown reviewer who provided useful comments on an earlier version of this paper.

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