Thursday, August 13, 2009

The future for urban India - Sanjoy Chakravorty

By 2030, India’s total population will be around 1.5 billion—the largest in the world—therefore, the urban population will be around 600 million, more than twice as much as in 2001

Urbanization level of India: 2001: 28%. 2030: 40%

A slow but unstoppable change is taking place in India. It will affect everything people do, the very way they live and work. No, I’m not talking about climate change, but the ongoing urban expansion. The problems are staggering, and it is imperative that we pay attention immediately to the possibilities and consequences.

Let us consider five questions with far-reaching implications:

First, where will these additional 300 million people live? Where will urban growth likely take place?

Second, what type of settlements are likely to absorb such a large population growth: new or existing ones?

Third, How large can a metropolis become?

Fourth, how will people get into and around a city that has grown to a population of, let’s say, 30 million by 2030?

Fifth, where will the poor live in this city?
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