prak prthor iha naivaisa
yatha-sukham vasanti sma
prak—before; prthoh—King Prthu; iha—on this planet; na—never; eva—certainly; esa—this; pura—of towns; grama-adi—of villages, etc.; kalpana—planned arrangement; yatha—as; sukham—convenient; vasanti sma—lived; tatra tatra—here and there; akutah-bhayah—without hesitation.
Before the reign of King Prthu there was no planned arrangement for different cities, villages, pasturing grounds, etc. Every thing was scattered, and everyone constructed his residential quarters according to his own convenience. However, since King Prthu plans were made for towns and villages.
From this statement it appears that town and city planning is not new but has been coming down since the time of King Prthu. In India we can see regular planning methods evident in very old cities. In Srimad-Bhagavatam there are many descriptions of such ancient cities. Even five thousand years ago, Lord Krsna’s capital, Dvaraka, was well planned, and similar other cities—Mathura and Hastinapura (now New Delhi)—were also well planned. Thus the planning of cities and towns is not a modern innovation but was existing in bygone ages.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Fourth Canto, Eighteenth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “Prthu Maharaja Milks the Earth Planet.”
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