New Delhi: The urban population in the
country is expected to touch 32 crore next year and could even
reach 53 crore ten years later.
This was disclosed by Minister of State for Urban
Development Saugata Roy in Rajya Sabha during question hour.
"The country`s urban population is likely to increase
from 28.61 crore in 2001 to 32 crore in 2011 and 53 crore in
2021," Roy said.
He said the government has not formulated any plans to
check rapidly increasing population in cities as the process
of urbanisation is driven by demographic and economic factors
and distortions in the process may have undesirable
consequences on economic growth and development.
Roy admitted that the growth of population has put
pressure on civic structure such as water supply, sewerage,
drainage as also availability of housing.
The 11th Five Year Plan has estimated the requirement for
urban water supply at Rs 53,666 crore, urban sewage and
treatment Rs 53,168 crore, urban drainage Rs 20,173 crore and
solid waste management Rs 2,212 crore.
The total investment required for meeting housing
requirement would be of the order of Rs 3,61,318.10 crore, Roy