India's population to reach 1.5bn by 2025

July 21, 2007 - 0:0

KOLKATA (Times of India) -- India's population is likely to reach around 1.5 billion by 2025, according to a United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) projection.

ESCAP also estimated that about half of population will live in cities and urban centers by this time, said U.S. Consul-General Henry Jardine, adding that as per the other UN projections, India's population may stabilize at around 1.7 billion by 2060. ""Thus we are likely to face a scenario where nearly a billion people will live in small geographical areas. Kolkata already has a density of 24,760 people per square km. So any disaster striking Indian cities will have a massive human impact,"" Jardine said. India already has at least four cities that have 10 million plus population. In 1991, India had 23 cities with on million or more people. A decade later, the number is 35, he said. Turning to disaster planning, the U.S. Consul-general said a couple of key elements were required in this regard by mobilizing the health care infrastructure of medical professionals, facilities and laboratories