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Urbanisation process needs to be extremely innovative, sustainable: Kant

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

India's urbanisation process has to be extremely innovative as well as sustainable, and the country should not repeat mistakes of western world, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Wednesday.

Cities account for just 3 per cent earth's landmark but they account for 84 per cent of world GDP, Kant said while addressing delegates at 'ITC Sustainability Awards 2018'.

"Western world created the most polluting model of urbanisation.The concept of sustainable development comes from the eastern part of the world.

"In India, the process of urbanisation has just began. India's process of urbanisation has to be the extremely innovative and sustainable. We should not repeat mistakes of western world," he said.

Kant pointed out that in every minute, 30 Indians move from rural areas to urban areas.

The Niti Aayog CEO also noted that the world is looking for the sustainable products and willing to pay higher price for sustainable products, so India will be spearheading renewable energy.

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First Published: Wed, December 12 2018. 15:40 IST