Hyderabad - A global city in the making

July 24, 2019

Hyderabad ranks second globally in the sixth edition of JLL’s City Momentum Index released earlier this year, placing it right after Bangalore. This index focusses on dynamism and rapid growth of 131 cities across the globe. Rapid growth comes with its own challenges like adding pressure on the city’s infrastructure and often involves a compromise on the quality of life of the citizens. If these issues are not addressed, they will affect the long-term growth of the city. With increasing population and economic growth it becomes critical and challenging for city authorities to continuously upgrade the existing urban infrastructure and improve the quality of life in the city.

Impact of enhancing connectivity infrastructure in Hyderabad

Hyderabad Metro Rail Phase-I Facelifts Eastern Residential Market

A global city in making

Ranked at 143 in Mercer’s 2019 list of world’s most livable cities, Hyderabad has every potential to enter the top 50 bracket. The key areas which need to be addressed to transform Hyderabad are:

  • Improving the civic sense among residents through sustained education and awareness programs
  • Strengthening urban development by reducing the time delay between planning and execution
  • Improving public transport thereby reducing pollution
  • Better sewage management to retain good public health
  • Promoting urban forestry to lead to climatic control

Opportunities in enhancement of other urban infrastructure

As per United Nation’s ‘World’s Cities in 2018’ data it is estimated that Hyderabad’s population is likely to reach 12.8 million by 2030. To accommodate this population growth the city needs the following additional social infrastructure

  • 5 million sq ft of retail mall space
  • 66 million sq ft of schools, especially located in eastern suburbs of Hyderabad
  • 30.6 million sq ft of hospital in eastern and northern suburbs of Hyderabad
  • 21 million sq ft of socio cultural facilities and 15,350 hectares of green spaces

Recommendations for integrated growth

  • Decentralisation of business hubs all across Hyderabad. The Look East Policy to encourage economic development in east of the city.
  • Infrastructure development in suburban locations like like ECIL, Ghatkesar, Kompally and Adibhatla
  • Special emphasis on social infrastructure- Development of open spaces, parks, play grounds and Party halls
  • Diversification of economic base and development of new economic hubs by promotion of other economic sectors such as manufacturing, automobiles, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals and health care instruments
  • Transparent and effective building approval mechanism and policy support.
  • Introduction of urban infrastructure management technologies

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