Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 394

Full Length Research Paper

Analysis of the impact of urban sprawl in altering the land-use, land-cover pattern of Raichur City, India, using geospatial technologies

  R. Basawaraja1*, K. B. Chari2, S. R. Mise3 and S. B. Chetti1  
  1Civil Engineering Department, SLN College of Engineering, Raichur, Karnataka, India. 2Anuraag, Nacharam, Hyderabad, AP, India. 3Civil Engineering Department, PDA College of Gulbarga, Karnataka, India.
Email: [email protected].

  •  Accepted: 05 May 2011
  •  Published: 31 August 2011



In this paper, an attempt was made to study the implications of urban sprawl on the land-use and land-cover pattern of a typical rural region, located in the State of Karnataka, India. Raichur quickly emerged as a city with the typical promises of an urban image. The GIS and remote sensing based assessment of the study area reveals that the city is still juvenile and there is some chance to save it from the adverse impact of urbanization, popularly described as sprawl.


Key words: Land-use, land-cover, urbanization, GIS, remote sensing, urban sprawl.