India’s population growth woes and how the infrastructure industry could bring some respite At the time of writing, India’s population is estimated to be around 1.37 billion and counting. As per census data available in government repositories, out of all the residential buildings or buildings used for residential-cum-other use, 50.3% have been categorized as “good”, 44.5% as “livable” and 5.2% of them as “dilapidated”. Apart from a large number of houses being merely livable or even dilapidated, there are millions of people in the country who are either homeless or live in unauthorised colonies. And more notably, a large chunk of this population is based out of urban areas. India has experienced a significant uptick in the trend of people migrating from rural areas to urban cities in search of better living in the past couple of decades since the full-fledged advent of globalisation. In spite of all the positivity and possibilities within in such a scenario, this trend and the concomitant uptick also contributes to the inherent socio-economic disparity prevalent in India since times immemorial. Adding to the aggravation would be the rapid advancements in building and construction technologies. Most of the livable or dilapidated buildings, on which a… Read full this story
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