Hyderabad: The urban population in Telangana has grown by 38.9 per cent which is the highest in urban population growth across the country. This has been revealed in the Socio-Economic Survey 2019. Successive governments have failed to provide employment opportunities to the rural population despite implementing several schemes.
Explaining rural trends, the report said that as per 2011 Census, 1.36 crore, i.e., 38.9 per cent of the state’s total population of 3.5 crore, now lives in urban areas. Temporal analysis of urbanisation in Telangana reveals that there has been a continuous increase in the proportion of urban population in India.
About 21 per cent of the state’s population was in urban areas in 1971, as against the national urban population of 18 per cent. There was a steep increase of 38% in urban population as per the 2011 Census.
The state’s urban population is increasing at a rate faster than anywhere else in India.
According to the Socio Economic Survey report, Telangana is one of the fastest urbanising states in the country, along with rapid economic transformation. Urban centres have become epicentres for industrial and service-oriented business activity, robust transportation, civic facilities and availability of skilled workforce.
Hyderabad alone accounts for a lion’s share of the state’s urban population and has beco me a growth centre for the state. In addition, cities like Warangal, Nizamabad and Karimnagar are fast changing, adding to the urban landscape of the state.
Telangana has initiated a wide range of reforms in the physical, institutional and social spectrum of the urban realms to support the growth and development of urban areas. These components basically aim to provide better quality of life to urban population through measures like a better transport system, sewerage systems, safety and security and better governance for delivery of utility services to people.
The report stated that urban local bodies in the state were completely neglected and most active developmental and infrastructure projects were taken up by the municipal corporation, especially in Hyderabad....