Poor Urban Planning to Blame for Pricey Housing and Expanding Slums - Experts

by Rina Chandran

With urban populations rising rapidly in India, planners urgently need to change their approaches and use land more efficiently

Urban planners in many cities around the world are imposing regulations that discourage the creation of affordable housing while slums expand, experts said.

Nearly 55 percent of the world's population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to two-thirds by 2050, according to data from the United Nations.

At the same time, the number of people living in slums and informal settlements in cities is also rising, U.N. data showed.

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