URBAN SCENARIO AND ITS CHALLENGES
Urbanisation has become synonymous with modernisation and progressive development. Yet, while the transition uplifts cities and sets the wheels of economic prosperity and all-round development in motion, a new set of challenges begin to emerge. Beyond a certain threshold, a city’s infrastructure, natural resources and governance mechanism begin to reel under the mounting pressure of unplanned growth.
The United Nations estimates that close to 68 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050, up from the current 55 per cent. India’s urban population will have grown by an additional 416million dwellers by that time.
Through their migration and urban habitat portfolio, the Trusts address the following sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations:
- SDG 1: No poverty
- SDG 2: Zero hunger
- SDG 3: Good health and well-being
- SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
- SDG 10: Reducing inequality
- SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
- SDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the SDG
Migration and Urban Habitat
Migration-induced urban growth is expected to occur in tier II cities and smaller towns rather than in metropolitan cities, and because of this, urban centres need to be equipped to carry out targeted, time-based projected planning.