India is undergoing an epochal transformation. It is industrializing and urbanising. More and more of its people are moving from villages to towns and cities. Industrialization and urbanization are also making India wealthier. More and more of its people are escaping poverty and scarcity. With additional resources at their command, they are consuming more of everything, including floor space and transport.
With increasing populations and rising prosperity, Indian towns and cities are highly stressed. They are also rapidly growing out into their peripheries and their older built-up areas are being redeveloped and are densifying. Unable to cope with the pressures of population and growth, they seem to be falling apart. They are becoming increasingly difficult to live in, highly inefficient, and very ugly.
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