Statistics say that around 72% of the world’s investment is just in some thirty-odd cities in the world. It is quite natural for people from other areas to migrate there. Before the virus, it was estimated that in the coming decade 1.6 billion people in the world will migrate to cities. You can imagine the plight of the cities if this happens.
Peak hour city traffic means either one is living in the wrong location or working in the wrong location. I am promoting a concept called the “One-Building City” in India. Let us say we take a fifty-acre plot anywhere between fifty to hundred kilometers away from the city. In these fifty acres, you build on only one acre – hundred floors if you want; the remaining forty-nine acres of land can include trees, ponds and walking spaces, providing a beautiful atmosphere like a forest. These hundred floors can have residential accommodations, offices, shopping spaces, dining places, and schools. People in this city need not drive out every day. For those maybe 10,000 people who live there, everything can be contained within itself – electricity can be generated and consumed with no electrical connections from outside; no inputs from outside and no question of sewage waste going out. Everything can be managed right there. Above all, people will get to live in a verdant atmosphere. Our children will grow up in spaces where they can be in contact with Nature, not cooped up with no space to play, kick a ball, or run carefree.
We must have the courage to re-plan and redesign our cities. It is very important to do this now; otherwise, we will not have a healthy world.
Ranked amongst the fifty most influential people in India, Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, visionary and bestselling author. Sadhguru has been conferred the “Padma Vibhushan”, India’s highest annual civilian award, by the Government of India in 2017, for exceptional and distinguished service.
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