As most of us know, the current world population is at about 7.2 billion people. It is estimated that by the half of the century, in 2050, we will reach a whooping 10.8 billion. India today has some 1.2 billion people inside its borders, 350 million of which will move into urban areas in the coming decade. This is a good thing for both the country and the whole world, as in order for humanity to evolve, as many people as possible need to live in urban areas.
This has the advantage of freeing up more of the land from human intervention and allowing local habitats to survive. Secondly, once in a city, it is no longer economically logical to have more children and the overall population will stop growing exponentially. Not to mention the cultural opportunities people will have once they move into cities as compared to their native villages.
Now, India plans to embark on one of the largest mega-projects in its history, the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. It aims to build 24 brand new cities from scratch, all powered by green energy. Given the fact that the average age of India is 27 years old, the country wants to take China’s place as the main producer of cheap goods in the world. The “corridor” will join the cities of Mumbai and Delhi, which is a distance of 920 mile (1480 km). Here, the cities will be built and connected with each other as well as many ports and airports, by a state of the line railway.
A large part of the funding will come from Japan, whose industry is mainly based on the technology industry, and who wants to transform India in its own production “factory”. The estimations for this mega project are at about $90 billion. This, off course may not be enough, given the fact that the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor is comprised of not only 24 brand new cities, but also infrastructure, factories, ports, airports and green energy production facilities. Let’s just hope they’ll be able to make it, for the sake of all of us.