The Case Against Skyscrapers in Delhi

Planners and development experts explain why modeling Delhi after cities like Singapore, Hong Kon and Mumbai is misguided and dangerous.

"Before thinking of going vertical, it's important to look at the carrying capacity of the land. How can we build 200 units per acre when our infrastructure is inadequate, power supply is erratic and water is insufficient ? If you have a building with 200 units filled with people, when they all head out of the house and get into their cars, do we have the roads to support them?...

While cities like Singapore, Hong Kong and Mumbai have been cited as examples for why Delhi should go vertical, Aromar Revi, director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlement, says that, unlike Delhi, these are island cities with a paucity of space. "Delhi, on the other hand, has a large amount of space."

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