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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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Toward Greater Mumbai

Toward Greater Mumbai

(p.198) 6 Toward Greater Mumbai
House, but No Garden

Nikhil Rao

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the suburbanization of the island of Salsette, most of which would later be annexed to form Greater Bombay. Town planning—as distinguished from urban planning—was the favored method in Salsette, and it followed a system of land-use conversion that allowed landowners to retain ownership of their lands. This form of suburbanization offers a look into the changing pattern of relationships between city authorities and suburban residents, on the one hand, and between municipal power and provincial/regional level power, on the other. While the island followed a largely different path from that of Dadar–Matunga in terms of suburbanization, the innovations introduced in the previous suburbs were also implemented in Salsette. This meant a similar focus on apartment building, as well as the social institutions that came with them.

Keywords:   Salsette, town planning, urban planning, land-use conversion, suburbanization, Greater Bombay, apartment building, social institutions

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