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Urban Development in India

Rapid urbanization is a global phenomenon.The World Urbanization Prospects: 2014 revision of UN states that ‘More than one half of the world population lives now in urban areas and virtually all countries of the world are becoming increasingly urbanized’, with OT and IT at the core of this transformation seeping deeper into the very fabric of the system.

These trends are changing the landscape of human settlement; with significant implications for living conditions, the environment, development and the way society interacts. The transformation is faster in predominantly rural Africa and Asia, which manifests in a 2014 UN report on urbanization. The study predicts that by 2050 another 2.5 billion people will add to the existing urban population with close to 90% increase concentrated in Asia and Africa.

This global shift towards expanding urban areas and rising consumption has brought need for sustained and smart urban development to a critical stage, designed with a long-term goal to minimize the growing disparity.

For over a century Hitachi has been engaged in helping its customers build better infrastructure in both developed and developing economies through cutting edge OT and IT technologies. To meet the rising and evolving demands of urbanization around the world with a responsibility towards the societies Hitachi creates smart solutions by employing innovative technologies for minimal impact on natural resources.

True to the trend, India a largely agrarian economy is now swiftly transforming into an IT based industrial and commercial hub with the government’s thrust on ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ policies. The initiatives have triggering the demand for rapid urbanization and to adapt the existing as well as build new infrastructure to meet the present and future needs of a growing population.

The added continuous influx of population into Indian urban areas in search of better livelihood and standard of living has further compounded the grossly inadequate urban infrastructure scenario including housing and commercial landscape, while rendering the public transport mechanism bursting out of its seams. The situation is alarming necessitating urgent initiatives to create smart OT and IT based solutions to enhance capabilities in time.

To provide some perspective to the criticality of the situation in India, it is estimated that India’s population will grow to 1.7 billion by 2050 adding nearly 900 million people to Indian cities requiring the urban capacity to grow by nearly 400% in less than 40 years.1

Moreover, it is estimated that by 2025 nearly half a billion Indians will need new urban homes. This equals to the need of China, North America and Western Europe put together.1

Urban Development in India

To state the future possibilities in real terms it is predicted that the real estate market is expected to surge from annual market size of 126 billion USD in 2015 to 180 billion USD in 2020*.2

The projection brings forth new challenges to conquer. It provides impetus to create new possibilities for more innovative and smarter solutions to meet the need for better living spaces and infrastructure to support overall development.

Hitachi in India is already co-creating global standard OT and IT based high-impact solutions through deep, insightful discussions with their clients. Hitachi is helping them to meet the surging demand for real estate and infrastructure across India within the timelines and resources assigned.

1 - Registrar General & Census Commissioner of India, 2006