A major part of Haryana has become the victim of urbanisation. The increasing expanse of the concrete jungle is gulping away the villages of Haryana and turning them into so-called urban villages. A large number of high-rise buildings, apartments and multiplexes seem to have made their way into Haryana’s villages. But, is the growth real? The real estate sector has seen a boom with the increase in construction across Haryana. With Gurgaon, the IT hub in the city, new accommodation and offices became a necessity.
Urban villages are more commonly known as a ‘village in a city.’ And, urban villages can be found all across the world, including metro cities such as Delhi, New York and London as well. An urban village can be located within a city, or sometimes around the neighbouring regions of a city.
While urbanisation brings along a new hope for the people of Haryana to grow and flourish, it also has widened the divide between the rural and urban belt in Haryana.
These so-called urban villages lack development as they are mostly used as cheaper forms of on-rent accommodation or even commercial purposes, but they lack the development as they are not included in the urban areas of the city. Awareness among the residents needs to be created about the importance of agricultural land and the correct modes of realty selling and buying, as various cases of land grabbing have been noted in the past.
The village landscape has definitely altered a lot, along with the lifestyles of the people, their sources of livelihood have also changed. It has been noted that most locals have quit their agricultural lands and have taken up other sources of income, such as earning through renting property or by setting up small-scale commercial set-ups, and even through doing odd jobs in nearby urban areas.
Agriculture must be promoted, so that villagers don’t end up selling their lands only in return of some quick money, reducing the country’s rich source of agricultural produce. After all, it was the state of Haryana which made India self-sufficient in food production by contributing to the famous Green Revolution in the 1960s.
Haryana must be saved from the rapid urbanisation, along with its agricultural land by implementing policies and schemes in favour of the people of unnoticed regions of Haryana.