‘Urbanisation in the city’: How cities are changing the way they do business

Urbanisation in India is rapidly evolving, according to new research. 

Urbanists from India and abroad have long sought to understand the changes that have taken place in the urban fabric over the past few decades, but what is most interesting is how urbanists are using data to understand how these changes are shaping their own cities. 

The research, conducted by urban consultancy firm Urban Edge and consultancy firm RBS, shows that urbanisation is now changing the landscape of India’s infrastructure. 

According to the study, which was conducted in partnership with the government, urbanisation has changed the way India’s cities work, and that’s because cities are no longer based on large, heavily populated, sprawling, urban cores but are increasingly connected. 

In addition, the study finds that in the past five years, the population growth in India has slowed dramatically, and cities have become more diverse. 

To be sure, there are some important caveats. 

“We know that the increase in population has not yet matched the growth in the size of the city.

This means that urban growth rates remain largely dependent on population growth, which may not always be sustainable over the long term,” said RBS India chief executive Prakash Srivastava. 

Moreover, India’s urban population has remained at about 3.5 billion for the last few years, which means that India’s growth rate of 3.1 per cent is unlikely to meet the 4 per cent that the country’s population growth is expected to be in the next decade. 

But there are reasons to be optimistic. 

One of the key factors that led to India’s recent population growth was the country opening up to foreign capital. 

As a result, India has seen an explosion in private investment in the country, and it has also seen an increase in the number of urban-focused companies, said Srivasta. 

This has resulted in the creation of new jobs and an influx of young talent, which have helped to drive the country into the future. 

For example, Srivashas team analysed data from the government’s Census 2011-12 and found that India has now become a “digital city” with an urban population of about 3 billion people. 

However, the new urban infrastructure that is emerging in the Indian cities is also creating jobs, said the urbanist. 

India’s urban workforce is also growing, as is the number and growth rate in the population. 

At the same time, the growth rate is not sufficient to meet all the demand. 

If we look at the cities where we are now and in the future, we will see that we need a large number of jobs, urbanised employment, said Rajiv Shah, head of urban economics at RBS. 

He added that India is now a world leader in urbanisation, with about 80 per cent of its urban workforce being urbanised. 

Srivasta said that the future of urbanisation lies in India’s transformation from a sprawling, densely populated city to a more urbanised one. 

A large part of the transformation is being made by cities, he said, adding that there are many more opportunities for cities to be innovative. 

With India’s population growing at a rapid rate and the population of cities rapidly increasing, it’s becoming harder and harder for cities such as Mumbai and Bangalore to maintain their quality and livability, said Shah. 

Mumbai’s growth has slowed recently, and Bangalore has also been growing at much lower rates than the rest of the country. 

Shah said that there is a need for better public transport and infrastructure in urban areas, as well as for more investment in public transport, as infrastructure is the biggest driver of urban growth. 

It’s also becoming harder for a city to maintain its quality, he added. 

While the country has witnessed a rapid growth in population and urbanisation in recent years, there is also a growing gap between the quality of infrastructure and that of the urban environment, according the report. 

There is also an increasing mismatch between the growth of population and the infrastructure, and there is an inability to provide adequate services, said RBC’s Srivasu. 

Indian cities are now being able to achieve much more in terms of urban mobility than before. 

From 2000 to 2014, the number per city grew by 3 per cent, and from 2014 to 2020, the figure grew by a whopping 16 per cent. 

Today, about 20 per cent to 30 per cent more people are living in urban spaces than in 2001, and this is expected, said Sudha Kannan, research director of urban planning at RBC. 

Overall, India is becoming a more densely populated country, where people are becoming more mobile and mobile is a key factor in the transformation of urban areas. 

Bengaluru is one of the most populated cities in India. 

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