Resilient city: Delhi

In many developing and emerging economies like India, China, and Pakistan, air pollution is a rapidly escalating issue. By 2030, more than 50% of India’s population1 is expected to live in urban areas with the highest population density being in the National Capital Region of Delhi. This rapid urbanisation is forcing people to create homes where there were none before and has, in part, led to an increase in the number of motor vehicles which has significantly contributed to the escalation of air pollution. This is significantly worsening pollution due to increased exhaust fumes, construction dust, domestic pollution, crop burning, as well as industrial emissions. Meanwhile, deforestation as a direct result of urbanisation has diminished the Aravalli Range and left Delhi less able to cope with harmful airborne pollutants. With Delhi projected to become the most populous city in the world by 2028 and India expected to have the largest number of urban dwellers by 2050, the challenges of urbanisation will have consequences for policymakers and businesses as they seek to adapt to build greater resilience to these environmental threats. 

Source: Clyde Co

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