India will have two of the world’s biggest cities in the world by population in 2030, in which 1.2% of the world’s urban population of 5.06 billion will reside, according to a press release by the World Water Council, an international multi-stakeholder platform that works on water-related issues, and data from the United Nations.
Delhi will have 36.1 million people in 2030–more than the urban population of Malaysia in 2030–while Mumbai will have 27.8 million people, more than the urban population of Australia.
By 2030, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities (up from 54% in 2014) even as 60% of the world’s urban settlements remain to be built, according to the World Water Council press release. There will be a 50% increase in the demand for energy and water, the release added.
Overall, 39% of India’s population will reside in urban areas, equalling 583 million people, according to projections from the United Nations.
Source: World Water Council
(Shah is a writer/editor with IndiaSpend.)