India's Cities Could Get Much Worse

Urban crisis in the making

India’s rapidly expanding cities already fall short of providing a basic standard of living for many residents. But things are set to get a whole lot worse. Unless the government starts pouring more money into urban infrastructure, the gap between basic-services demand and supply will spiral over the next two decades, says a new report from McKinsey Global Institute.

Percentage increase in the affordable-housing gap by 2030

Percentage increase in the sewage-treatment gap projected by 2030

Percentage increase in the water-supply gap projected by 2030

Percentage increase by which India will need to step up its GDP expenditure on urban infrastructure to stave off decay