History Of Urbanisation In Pakistan

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Today, the population of the world is more than 7 billion and more than half of it is living in cities and defined urban areas. This ever increasing population has altered and modified most of Earth’s land surfaces. The processes of urbanization and urban development together with technologies have brought about change in the land use and lands cover both at global and regional scale in due course of time.
Pakistan is by no means an exception and all the major cities of the country are experiencing the change. Lahore is the capital of the province Punjab and is the second largest city in terms of population in the country. Since this City is historical one and has undergone a remarkable expansion, growth and developmental activities such as buildings, road construction, and loss of prime agricultural fields as well as many other anthropogenic activities since 1970’s .This situation is like many other provincial capitals of the country, such as Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta as well as many developing cities of the country.( Temporal Analysis of Land Use and Land Cover Changes in Lahore-Pakistan S. A. Shirazi ,Pakistan Vision Vol. 13 No. 1 )
The first few years after the Independence in 1947, in spite of a large influx of migrants from East Punjab (India) and a significant increase in the population, Lahore did not experience much of urban development. This was perhaps, owing to the unsettled conditions, but during the last 20 to 30 years a steady spatial growth of the city
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