Mr. Anuj Dayal, Executive Director, Corporate Communications, DMRC, New Delhi
Strengthening of urban infrastructure through the establishment of 'smart cities' is one of the major thrust areas of the current government. From a completely rural economy, India is gradually transitioning towards a predominantly urban one, where a mammoth proportion of the population is going to live in the cities.
Apart from the agrarian sector, activities pertaining to almost all other sectors such as industries, education or services are already urban based. With the passage of time and increasing population, more and more rural areas are expected to be urbanised in days to come.
The population residing in the urban areas, according to the 1901 census, was 11.4%. This count increased to 28.53% in the 2001 census, and now has crossed 30% as per the 2011 census. According to a survey by the United Nations State of the World Population report in 2007, by 2030, 40.76% of India's population is expected to reside in urban areas.