I am extremely indebted to my worthy guide Dr. Ravinder Singh Gill, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Government College Dharamshala (H.P.). It is my pleasure to work under his supervision. I wish to appreciate my deep sense of heartful thanks to him for his knowledgeable guidance, creative criticism and inspiration throughout the course of Ph.D.
I am also greatful to the Chairman, Department of Geography, Prof. D.D. Sharma for providing necessary guidance; suggestions and laboratory facilities.
It is also my privilege to thank Prof. B.S. Marh, Prof. Anurag Sharma and Prof. B.R. Thakur for their useful suggestions during the course of study.
Thanks are also due to Mr. Sushil (Supdtt.), Mr. Dilbar and Mr. Rattan Department of Geography who have always been helpful during research work.
I would like to express my heartful thank Prof. Seema Ohri, Associate Professor (English), Government College Bharmour for rendering relevant help at the time of writing this thesis. I also thanks to my Principal and colleagues of Government College Bharmour for cooperation and inspiration during research time.
I would like to thanks all the hundreds of Respondents of study area, who provide me information as well as help me to fill the questionnaires. I would also thank Dr. Brajesh Saklani, Sr. Scientific Professional at Aryabhatta Institute and Research Scholar Mr. Ajay, Department of Geography to help me during use of GIS software.
Words are inadequate to pay my deep hearted gratitude to my worshipped and beloved Parents, Brothers, Sisters and other family members, without whose support and inspiration this work could not have been completed. I would also specially thanks to elder Brother Dr. Vinod Sharma Associate Professor of Geography for inspiration in study throughout life. I would also specially thanks to Mother-in-law for constant inspiration during research time. I am very sorry to my Daughter Vaishnavi Sharma not sparing much time to her during my research time.
I express my sincere gratitude to the Library staff of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. I also express my sincere gratitude to various Department staff like Census office Shimla, Meteorological centre Shimla, Aryabhatt institute Shimla, Remote sensing institute Shimla, Survey of India Chandigarh, Industrial Department Shimla, Central ground water board Chamba and Kangra, Land record Revenue Department Chamba and Kangra, Agriculture Department of Chamba and Kangra.
Last but not the least; I am pleased to extend my sincere thanks to my wife Shaweta Sharma for her priceless help rendered in various ways.