India must build new Chicago every year to meet urban demand: Hardeep Puri Noor Arora
India will have to build a new Chicago every year to meet its massive urban demand as 40 per cent of the country's population is projected to reside in urban areas by 2030, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said. Addressing the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development in United Nations on Wednesday, the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs asserted that India's development goals will be met in an inclusive manner anchored in the human rights. Puri said nearly 600 million Indians will reside in urban areas by 2030, the target year for achieving UN's ambitious development agenda. "To lay further emphasis on India's urban prospects - from now till 2030, India has to build 700 to 900 million square meters of urban space every year. In other words, India will have to build a new Chicago every year from now till 2030 to meet its urban demand," Puri told the UN forum attended by diplomats, top UN officials, civil society member, urban planners and national stakeholders.