India’s capital city, Delhi, has taken centuries to come to its present form as the proverb rightly says that “Rome was not built in a day”. It is also said that Delhi is rebuilt every 100 years and there have been seven different cities over the ages. But the changes that Delhi has seen in last decade are an exception and well comparable to the changes that have taken place across past centuries.
Last year (December 3, 2013) one of the leading Indian dailies, the Times of India, published an infographic highlighting the changes in over the last decade (2001 – 2011). Transportation related data has been superimposed on it for a wider level of comparison. The changes that have occurred in the said decade are startling. The city’s population has increased by 3.3 million, an increase of 25%; whereas Per Capita Income (at current prices) has increased by 665%.
Better economic conditions have pushed the demand for mobility, which is quite apparent in the increase in vehicles per kilometre (includes cars, buses, and freight vehicles but not two-wheelers) from 124 in 1998 to 234 by 2011, an increase of 89% in the last 12 years. However, the investment in road network has increased by only 28%, an insignificant figure for transport infrastructure especially when compared to the other figures. The infographic also indicates a very high increase (1,775%) in the price of real estate in the city in the last 10 years.
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