New census towns have accounted for 30% of the reclassification from rural to urban in the last 10 years
Why do census towns matter? Their share of urban population has doubled in the last 10 years, but they still comprise only one-seventh of urban India. But they matter because their growth challenges many preconceptions and myths that equate urbanization to migration, municipalities to urban areas, villages to agriculture, and cities to manufacturing.
Census towns are not about moving people, they are about morphing places. In the last 10 years, the reclassification of population from rural to urban as a result of identification of new census towns is responsible for nearly 30% of the growth in the urban population, while migration appears to account for less, around 22%, with the rest being the normal natural increase in pre-existing cities.
By Partha Mukhopadhaya (CPR) for live mint, 7th October 2007
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To raise the awareness amongst the population, the Government of India has launched a Census 2011 Facebook page. It is not necessary to subscribe on Facebook to access the page and some interesting informations are available, notably on the debate of the defintition of urban area in different countries. Moreover, there are some links to online papers on topics relative to the census. See the link.
A second Facebook page on the census 2011 exists, with a dozen of link to papers from Times of India and Youtube videos relative to census. Unfortunately, the page is not updated since February. See the link.
A Paper by R. B. Bhagat
Economic and Political Weekly August 20, 2011 vol XLVI no 34.
First published results of the 2011 Census show that the level of urbanisation increased faster during 2001-2011 than the previous decade.
This paper purposes a personal reading of the observed new trends in urbanisation, the components of urban growth and a state level analysis.
A paper by Amitabh Kundu
Economic and Political Weekly May 14, 2011 vol XLVI no 20.
The provisional numbers of the 2011 census show a change in the pattern of urban growth in India, notably a reduction in the growth of metropolis.