‘In­dia has to build 700-900m square me­tres of ur­ban space each year’

Oman Daily Observer - - INDIA -

UNITED NA­TIONS: In­dia has to build be­tween 700-900 mil­lion square me­tres of green ur­ban space ev­ery year to meet the needs of a fast-ris­ing ris­ing ur­ban pop­u­la­tion that will reach 600 mil­lion by 2030, ac­cord­ing to Hous­ing and Ur­ban Af­fairs Min­is­ter Hardeep Puri.

“In­dia’s ur­ban agenda will con­sti­tute one of the defin­ing projects of the 21st cen­tury,” he told the High Level Po­lit­i­cal Fo­rum on Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment on Wed­nes­day.

Ex­plain­ing the mag­ni­tude of the task for In­dia, he said on that it was the equiv­a­lent of build­ing ev­ery year a Chicago, the third largest city in the US. By 2030, 40 per cent of the In­dian pop­u­la­tion would be liv­ing in ur­ban ar­eas, up from 30 per cent now and 17 per cent at in­de­pen­dence, he said.

About 70 per cent of the ur­ban in­fra­struc­ture needed for this size of the ur­ban pop­u­la­tion has yet to be built and they should be green and re­silient, he added.

“In­dia is in the process of cre­at­ing 100 Smart Cities to strengthen ur­ban in­fra­struc­ture by ap­ply­ing smart so­lu­tions and giv­ing a de­cent qual­ity of life to cit­i­zens,” he said.

To meet the chal­lenge of pro­vid­ing hous­ing for all, he said In­dia had em­barked on “the world’s largest hous­ing pro­gramme for the poor” — the Prad­han Mantri Awas Yo­jana. He added: “The govern­ment aims to build 11 mil­lion af­ford­able homes for ur­ban In­di­ans by the year 2022. We have al­ready sanc­tioned over 5 mil­lion and are con­fi­dent of meet­ing the tar­gets by mid­dle of 2019.”

Out­lin­ing the chal­lenges faced by In­dia, Puri said: “We re­main con­fronted by a com­plex ecosys­tem of ur­ban chal­lenges through and in en­sur­ing hous­ing for all, tech­nol­ogy based so­lu­tions to en­hance ser­vice de­liv­ery, bet­ter mo­bil­ity and greener trans­port, smart gov­er­nance, and in do­ing more with less.”

Puri is also the pres­i­dent of the gov­ern­ing coun­cil of UN Habi­tat, the world body’s pro­gramme for de­vel­op­ing sus­tain­able ur­ban set­tle­ments and hous­ing for all.

He said: “To­day, more than 90 per cent of the global ur­ban growth is oc­cur­ring in the de­vel­op­ing world. In­dia, China and Nige­ria to­gether will ac­count for 35 per cent of the growth in the world’s ur­ban pop­u­la­tion be­tween 2018 and 2050.”

More than 700 cities will have pop­u­la­tions of over 1 mil­lion by 2030, ac­cord­ing to UN Habi­tat.

The govern­ment aims to build 11 mil­lion af­ford­able homes for ur­ban In­di­ans by the year 2022 HARDEEP PURI

Hous­ing and Ur­ban Af­fairs Min­is­ter

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Oman

© PressReader. All rights reserved.