Connectivity, which includes communication networks, electric connections, health infrastructure, educational infrastructure, transport facilities, etc.,is one of the most important pre-requisite for an economy.Among them, roads areconsidered to be the most fundamental connectivity because of its affordability within the community. It can be stated as a key component ofdevelopment, especially for the rural areas.
Mizoram is a land-locked state and so, road transport continues to be the principal means of communication for most community, business, and personal purposes.This book is a study of how investments in the construction of roads and its resultant connectivity influences the development of an economy, and what the pattern of relationship is between road connectivity and development, taking the villages of Mizoram as a case.The analysis was undertaken by adopting various road connectivity parameters which were tested against identified development variablesof demography, employment, agriculture development, and availability of social infrastructures. Itwas found that road connectivity do lead to development in several fields.Itmoves people away from unsustainable shifting cultivation to more sustainable agriculture practices like plantation and horticulture, and wet rice cultivation.Moreover, it has favourable effects on the demographic and employment patterns of the villagers. The book may be found useful by all the stakeholders in the subject.
Lianhmingthanga(PhD in Economics) is presently associated with the Department of Economics, Mizoram University, Mizoram. He has published a number of research papers in several journals, and is involved in numerous research projects.
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List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1: Introduction
Overview of Existing Literature
Current Situation of Road Connectivity in India
Need for the Study
Rural Roads in Mizoram
Chapter 2: Situational Profile of Connectivity in India
Connectivity Infrastructure and Socio-Economic Development Across the States of India
Road Connectivity Scenario in Mizoram
Chapter 3: Existing Status of Rural Road Connectivity and Economic Development in Mizoram
Classification of Villages
Road Connectivity and Rural Development in Mizoram
Chapter 4: Impact of Road Connectivity on Rural Development: An Empirical Analysis
Testing the Difference in Performances
Relationship Between Road Connectivity and Rural Development – A Regression Model 98
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Chapter 5: Conclusion
General Trend of Road Connectivity and Economic Development
Analytical Results of the Impact of Road Connectivity on Rural Development
Conclusion and Recommendations