The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (http://iihs.co.in) organised Urban Policy Dialogues 2015 on 20, 21st September. The meeting had participation from people from all walks of life concerned with urban development. Designers, architects, engineers, planners, government officials, NGOs, practitioners from policy and implementation were present and completely engaged in debate. The issues dealt with concerned water & sanitation, transportation, land, housing and climate change & disaster risk reduction. The links between these, the making of a sustainable city and the growing challenge to address the fast speed of urbanisation in India were discussed. Sneh attended the Dialogues to learn and contribute about issues concerning natural resources, migration and local action.
By the middle of this Century, India’s urban population is projected to double and touch approximately 800 million, accounting for half of the country’s total population. In 2050, India will have five megacities with populations greater than 10 million and more than 90 cities with populations that exceed a million. Urban India already accounts for more than half of the nation’s GDP. The magnitude and momentum of this urban transformation presents huge challenges as well as unique opportunities to advancing equitable and sustainable development.