Mega Cities

Topics: City, Mexico City, Urban decay Pages: 3 (744 words) Published: June 25, 2013
Mega Cities
Mega cities are large cities, with a population of at least 8 million people. The amount of Mega cities are rising, due to the fact that for the first time in human history more people live in Urban Areas then rural areas. By 2015 there will be 33 Mega cities and 27 of them are in the developing world. Some examples of Mega cities are : Mexico city, Mumbai (India), Bangkok, Cairo and manilla. There are many challenges from living in a mega city that is in a developing world. Some of these challenges surround : Housing

Traffic Infrastructure
Water and Power Supplies
Sanitation
employment
Health care
education
pollution

Housing- Housing is a serious problem in mega city’s. Land is very scarce in mega cities and the materials needed to build houses are just to expensive for some people. An example of this is in Mumbai (India) where up to 20 people may have to live in the same small house. The houses are made up of thin sheets of iron and any other materials that can be bought cheap. Some houses have dangerous materials such as asbestos and are very dangerous for these people. In Dharavi a slum in Mumbai, Most families all live in one house and use each room for many things such as eating on their floor , sleeping on their floor etc. Developers sometimes bull doze slums and rebuild over them. However they offer the people replacement houses by creating many small units for families who have lost their homes.

Traffic Infrastructure- is another problem that people In mega cities have to face. In Mumbai, there are very small lane ways and little to no roads, the ones that do exist are extremely crowded and have very slow movement. Public transport is limited ad governments do not have the money to improve their system. Some transport that you can use is walking, riding a bike or motor bike or if you are a wealthier person in a mega city you will use a car.

Water and Power Supplies- some pipes connected to slums are...
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