We need a policy response that goes beyond callous neglect, hasty amalgamation and brazen land acquisition
India is said to be on the brink of an urban revolution with its urban population expected to reach 600 million by 2031. However, much of this growth will not be in the core city but on its peripheries. Urbanization in India’s mega-cites is characterized by urban sprawl and not increasing urban density. A 2013 World Bank report, Urbanization Beyond Municipal Boundaries, found that rural areas adjacent to municipal boundaries are generating higher economic growth and employment than the city.
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