By Accommodation Times Research
While doing demand assessment Research for residential units in urban centres in India, Accommodation Times Education and Research Foundation found that Maharashtra is the state where maximum population stays in urban centres. Almost 50818259 people are staying in urban areas and cities while rural Maharashtra is accommodating 61556074 people according to 2011 census.
25 cities in Maharashtra are developing faster then in last fifty years. Migration to urban centres have been witnessed in recent years and now 72% of Maharashtra’s population lives in these 25 cities.
|2||Pune & Pimpri-Chinchwad together||Pune||5,057,709|
|5||Nashik including Extended Area||Nashik||1,862,769|
|6||Aurangabad including Extended Area||Aurangabad||1,589,376|
|10||Navi Mumbai City||Thane||1,121,330|
|11||Ichalkaranji including Extended Area||kolhapur||325,499|
|14||Akola including Extended Area||Akola||721,349|
|16||Dhule including Extended Area||Dhule||675,559|
|17||Jalgaon including Extended Area||Jalgaon||567,911|
|21||Sangli-Miraj & Kupwad together||Sangli||502,697|
|23||Ahmednagar including Extended Area||Ahmednagar||350,905|
Demand for Housing increasing as rural population rapidly migrating to cities where water is available. Large part of eastern Maharashtra is affected by water scarcity. Vidharbh including Nagpur division is least preffered areas to migrate. In Pune and many parts of Nashik, Aurangabad, people from other states are coming for better accommodation, facilities and amenities. Medical and education being one of the major cause to migrate into these cities.
Housing being the first need to migrate, these cities are rapidly expanding city limits and outskirts are galloping villages and country side areas. Farm land are being converted into residential zones and demand for affordable housing is increasing day by day.
By 2026, Urban Maharashtra will need more 15 million houses to house the growing populations. The state is having one of the lowest density of population as 365 people/km and its industries gives huge employment for skilled labour, is one of the reason where real estate market will be bullish for next 25 years.