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House, but No GardenApartment Living in Bombay's Suburbs, 1898-1964$
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Nikhil Rao

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678129

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678129.001.0001

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An Indian Suburb

An Indian Suburb

(p.21) 1 An Indian Suburb
House, but No Garden

Nikhil Rao

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter charts the history of the Indianized vision of suburbia—from its beginnings in the plans of the Bombay City Improvement Trust and through its changes and revisions during the first two decades of the twentieth century—changes which coincided with increasing self-assertion among the Indian populace. And while the Trust’s efforts would later be deemed inadequate, their contributions are quite substantial in the grander scheme of things. In physically acquiring land held under a variety of tenures and then leasing it out in standard 99- and 999-year leases; as well as by building a network of roads, which would conceptually and physically link the spaces of the city, the Trust contributed greatly to the emergence of the land market in the twentieth century.

Keywords:   suburbia, history, twentieth century, Bombay City Improvement Trust, leasing, land market

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