Delhi-NCR is among the world most populous urban agglomeration and accounting for 8 per cent of India’s GDP requires urgent attention to augment its urban infrastructure.
With 58,332 square kilometre (sq. km) area, NCR has, over the past decade, emerged as one of the foremost economic centers in India. It contributes significantly to India’s growth, accounting for about 7–8 per cent of the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP). While the manner in which the level of urbanisation has risen from over 56 per cent in 2001 to about 62.5 per cent in 2011 in this region, can be seen as a positive development, there are areas that still need attention to achieve sustainable development. In fact, the region’s urbanisation level is twice the national level; however, lack of integrated development across the vast spread of three states and the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi points towards the unplanned approach, which have left the contours of uneven development. For example, NCT of Delhi achieved the highest urbanisation level in NCR at 97.5 per cent, whereas the Rajasthan sub-region (consisting of Alwar and Bharatpur districts) presents a dismal picture with an urbanisation level at 17.8 per cent.
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