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International Journal of Research in Social Sciences
Year : 2018, Volume : 8, Issue : 9
First page : ( 214) Last page : ( 232)
Online ISSN : 2249–2496.

Spatial Variations in Urban Land Value and Its Determinants: Kurseong Municipality

Lepcha Neelee K. C.1, Lama Dr Indira Lepcha Nee2

1Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Kurseong College, Kurseong

2Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of North Bengal

Online published on 5 August, 2019.

Abstract

There has always been a demand for land due to its potential perspective for accommodation and making investment. With the process of rapid urbanization, land has become a scarce resource due to its limited availability especially in urban areas. The facts on urban land value, therefore, have become vital for town's economy and play a fundamental role in urban planning. The existing land value, its patterns and responsible factors for its variation are important for identifying the future urban development and envisaging probable changes. The present paper attempts to determine the variations in land value in different wards of Kurseong town and identify the factors influencing land values taking a number of indicators into consideration with the application of statistical techniques. After applying Karl Pearson's correlation coefficient method, the study reveals that a strong positive correlation exists between the land value and various urban facilities available in the town and population density in different wards. There is also a marked decrease in land value and percentage change in variation from the CBD towards the peripheral area.

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Keywords

Urbanization, land value, land use, spatial variation, temporal variation.

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