India's Urban Story: SDGs and Urban Indices Across States

Today, just over half of the world’s population lives in urbanized areas. This share is expected to increase rapidly in coming decades, alongside rising incomes and a shift away from agriculture and rural economies. India, as a country making up one-sixth of the world’s population, is at the forefront of this change. Urban India is experiencing a major transformation. Urban population has experienced a six-fold increase since 1951, growing from 62.4 million to 377.1 million in 2011, and it is estimated that 590 million will live in Indian cities by 2030, which is twice the entire population of the USA. The challenge of Urbanisation and responsibilities of achieving the SDG 11 are imperative in India.

India's Urban Story is designed to enhance our understanding of the urban phenomenon, how it has unfolded itself in India and what directions it is setting for its future.

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