With India’s big cities bursting at their seams and with small towns growing rapidly (as the latest census shows), India is urbanising rapidly. Even as one focuses on what can be made to improve quality of life in the existing towns and cities, there is a need to think of creating entirely new cities.
The fact is that India needs to urbanise and villages are not where the future lies, even though some in high places still hold views to the contrary. The reality is that the history of development and economic growth is also the story of urbanization and cities.
Consider the challenge that lies ahead for India. In the next 10-15 years, urban India will have to accommodate about 200 million Indians who migrate from rural areas away from agriculture and in search of manufacturing and services jobs. How will our cities manage?