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What do you understand by carrying capacity-based development plans? In the context of Himalayan towns, which are often ecologically sensitive and vulnerable, carrying capacity-based development plans become crucial. Examine.

Topic: urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

1. What do you understand by carrying capacity-based development plans? In the context of Himalayan towns, which are often ecologically sensitive and vulnerable, carrying capacity-based development plans become crucial. Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

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Why the question:

In August 2023, the Supreme Court mooted a re-evaluation of the load-carrying capacity of hill towns and cities, for which the Centre has proposed forming a 13-member technical committee.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about carrying capacity-based development plans and its importance in the Himalayan region.

Directive word: 

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidence.  You must appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming an opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by defining carrying capacity-based development plans.

Body:

First, in brief, explain the concept of carrying capacity-based development plans.

Next, write about the vulnerability of Himalayan towns to various ecological phenomena.

Next, write about the measures that will be incorporated as part of carrying capacity-based development plans to overcome the above – account the environmental, social, and infrastructural limits of a specific area to ensure sustainable growth etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.