Density in various forms

Policy brief Cities

  • Indian census data suggests that around a third of citizens live in areas that could be considered urban, with this set to rise to about 40% by 2030.
  • However, in addition to population numbers and density, the criteria to be considered urban also contains a less conventional stipulation that at least 75% of adult main male workers in an area must work in non-agricultural activities.
  • This means that there are many areas that would normally be considered urban but are not. Therefore potential opportunities for growth and development are ignored along with the challenges they pose.
  • The authors suggest that expanding the definition of urban could help guide better investment and would better utilise these areas for India’s development and growth