The pandemic in the periphery of Delhi: Covid-19 and boundary (re)making in peri-urban India

Kamra, Lipika and Khatri, Sneha (2021) The pandemic in the periphery of Delhi: Covid-19 and boundary (re)making in peri-urban India. City and Society, 33 (2). pp. 1-10. ISSN 8930465

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Sonipat is a satellite city (with an eponymous district) to India’s capital city of Delhi.1 It has so far been largely overlooked as a preferred suburb for those working in Delhi and looking for affordable housing outside the city. Sonipat district has a population of 1,450,000 people, of which close to 300,000 reside in the city. Despite officially being a part of the National Capital Region (NCR), Sonipat has not become as urbanized as Gurugram and Noida, the two key satellite cities that adjoin Delhi. By contrast, it is very much a peri-urban space that is still on the cusp of a new urban dawn. As the district and city you first encounter when you cross Delhi's northern border into the neighboring state of Haryana, Sonipat is gradually becoming home to new residential complexes educational institutions, and factories. Newly constructed villas and apartments are sold by real estate companies on the unconfirmed promise of Delhi’s underground metro rail extending to Sonipat, and a new fast expressway connecting Sonipat and Delhi is under construction. Being attached to Delhi, therefore, is seen as a big advantage for Sonipat’s future as an urban center.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Pandemic | COVID-19 | Urban India | Sonipat
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Health (Social sciences)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Human Factors and Ergonomics
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Sociology
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2021 08:28
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2021 15:11
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Additional Information: This article is being made freely available through PubMed Central as part of the COVID-19 public health emergency response. It can be used for unrestricted research re-use and analysis in any form or by any means with acknowledgement of the original source, for the duration of the public health emergency.


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