A Comparison of High-Rise Housing in India with Industrialized Countries

  • Jashwant B. Mehta


More than 40 cities in the Third World are expected to have a population of more than 15 million by 2000 A.D. It is estimated that by 2000 A.D. India will contain 300 to 400 million in urban population and will rank as the country with the largest urban population in the world. The massive population increase has put great pressure on land in big cities such as Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, and others, calling for its optimum use. Tall multistoried buildings would be the inevitable answer. This paper gives a comparison of certain essential aspects of urbanization and high-rise living between India, a leading developing country, and industrialized countries. While the migration in the industrialized countries of the West took place for better opportunities, it has been different in many countries of the Third World including India. It has often been a question of survival for the much of the rural population who leave their native villages seeking job opportunities in big cities such as Calcutta and Bombay. It is a combination of pull and push. This tremendous population explosion has created acute housing shortages, severe transportation problems, and extreme crowding of people both on the streets and in dwellings. Hopefully this comparison will lead to better understanding and awareness for professionals in both developing and industrialized countries.


Building Code Central Business District Advance Country Tall Building Metropolitan City 
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