The urban agglomerations of Delhi and Mumbai, which in size barely matched up to global cities in 1950, are now counted among the seven most populous megacities (those with a population of over 10 million) in the world, according to the 2013 World Population Data Sheet released by the US’s Population Reference Bureau last fortnight.Mumbai, in terms of its Mumbai Metropolitan Region, including Navi Mumbai,Thane and Vasai-Virar among other satellite belts, houses around 19.7 million persons and ranks seventh in the world. It was ranked 17th in 1950, the earliest year for which data is available.

Delhi and its extended suburbs,with its population of 22.7 million as of 2011,is the second most populous urban sprawl in the world after Tokyo,outsizing the traditionally populous Shanghai and New York. With its

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