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Indian Population Density – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 25th, 2012 · No Comments · India

India is not an overpopulated country. Its population density is lower than that of many other countries that are not thought of as overpopulated. In 1999, Belgium had a population density of 333 people per square kilometre; the Netherlands, 385; India, under 304. It is the cities of India that are overpopulated. Singapore has a density of 6,500 people per square kilometre; Berlin, the most crowded European city, has 2,900 people per square kilometre. The island of Bombay in 1990 had a density of 45,000 people per square kilometre. Some parts of central Bombay have a population density of one million people per square mile. This is the higest number of individuals massed together in any spot in the world. They are not equally dispersed across the island. Two-thirds of the city’s residents are crowded into just five per cent of the total area, while the richer or more rent-protected one-third monopolise ninety-five per cent.

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