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Consequence of Housing and Infrastructure Development in Rann of Kutch

Author : Kandarp Saparia 1 Dr. Nanak Pamnani 2

Date of Publication :17th April 2019

Abstract: The Rann of Kutch is a seasonally marshy saline clay desert, a shallow wet-land which submerges in water during the rainy season and becomes dry during other seasons. The dry season is extreme as it dries out the marshland leaving isolated salt islands on a vast plain. The monsoon is no different in extremity, as it floods the marshland and the whole area is transformed into a vast inland sea. Formation of the Settlements and Architecture in Rann of Kutch has developed through time which is a consequence of the climatic conditions and life style of the people. This study accumulates Planning, Design and Settlement Pattern in Rann of Kutch, Housing Morphology in terms of Built form, Structure, Construction, Materials and Technologies of Present Housing and Infrastructure Scenario. Study concludes with suggestions of issues of Housing and Infrastructure Development in Rann of Kutch

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