When Indian cities grow faster than global onesA recent survey published in all newspapers had very interesting, but very positively worrying news.
Among the fastest growing cities in the world, as expected, there was Bangalore. Not surprisingly Chennai also found a place. However, two other cities, namely the city of Tiruchirapalli in Central Tamil Nadu, and the textile hub of the Western Ghats, called Tiruppur, also found a place.
While Tiruchirapalli does have rich water potential, as the Cauvery flows through it, the mention of Tiruppur is a little surprising. The neighboring city of Coimbatore, the most beautiful city of Tamil Nadu, has actually contributed to the boom in Tiruppur. However, unlike Coimbatore, Tiruppur has one of the most polluted environments in the country. The capitalist bosses of the textile industry do not think it wise to install effluent treatment plants. Of course, the service sector is booming and there is every possibility that Tiruppur, which is a city Corporation, may become an extended area of Coimbatore city in the next ten years.
Yet., there are problems of sanitation common to all the four cities. Will the authorities wake up and do something? Faster growth than global cities may mean nothing. There could be some local pride and hundreds of thousands of people flocking to these cities in the years to come. However, planned development is the key.