Why doesn’t India have skyscrapers, like China?
Muthal Ganesan, Fully Fledged Gay Sri Lankan Tamil
India is still quite a poor country. It’s GDP per Capita is still around 1/3 of that of Sri Lanka, which is still lower than countries in most of Eastern Europe and South East Asia.
There are also cultural limitations for building skyscrapers. A large number of political parties wish to ban skyscrapers for aesthetic or safety reasons (especially in South India).
But you can find skyscrapers in Mumbai and Bengaluru. Colombo is also getting a few skyscrapers too.
No not actually. Now the world tallest residential building is under construction in Mumbai. Also there is no much need of very tall skyscrapers which we can boast of
Kishan Patel, Diamond Planner at Hari Krishna Export (2016-present)
It is too costly too build skyscraper means if you building 100 storey building insted of it you will built 25 storys 4 building then your construction cost will be 10 times lower Burjkhalifa cost around 10,000 crore. in this money you can built small city. so it is only affordable where property price too high. but in India it is not able not even south Mumbai.
Gopeshwar Singh, Humanities from Sahaydri School (2021)
Sarcastically india cant build skyscraper because we have a vast connection of wires in the air . But talking about reality india is capable of making anything in the world . Kohinoor building in mumbai is a skyscraper under construction
India’s growth is people driven and heterogeneous. China cares a lot about what the world image, but India cares much about people’s welfare (at least that is how it is supposed to be).
Under the same aspirations, China can make tall skyscrapers, but India only has reasonable sized towers mostly.
Skyscrapers are high density developments, which requires a lot of services concentrated on one area. That is mostly possible only in new developments, unless extensive rework on services is done at the urban planning level, which is a lot of money.
India will get it’s skyscrapers when she is ready.
Chandravadan Trivedi, former Retired Fishery Scientist
Any skyscrapper has to get clearance from many govt agencies including Defence & Civial aviation.
Indian builders try to congregate as near to city centre as possible, which goes against human safety, as grouting of buildings are also not strictly adhered to - as a precaution to earth quakes.
Many cities could not ensure 24X7 electric supply, vey much needed for lifts & elevators. China has assured all of these.
Only the Eastern part has population, the ehole of west is having far lesser population. Hence need for sky scrappers is more than India.
Siddharth Baxi, Indian and proud
India does have skyscrapers. I think what you mean to ask is why India doesn’t have as many skyscrapers as some developed countries or why they’re not as tall.
To answer this, we’ll have to look at it from a historical perspective.
Where? The first skyscrapers were built in areas like New York and Chicago, which were strapped for land close to where the action was. It made sense to build vertically, rather than go further away. This is why majority of the skyscrapers today are in teeming urban centres and people in suburban USA don’t live in them.
When? The skyscrapers built in 19th century USA had 20 floors. For modern buildings to be called skyscrapers, they need have at least 40–50 floors. Most places in India are not expensive enough to warrant that sort of demand from a piece of land; people would just go a little further away. The only cities to have skyscrapers in India are Mumbai, Kolkata , NCR, Bangalore and Mangalore ( this has only 1, while the others have many ). This supports the argument that skyscrapers crop in places with high demand for floor space.
How? Extremely tall buildings are a lot more difficult to build than normal buildings. They have to be structurally stronger and I wouldn’t be surprised if they had different regulatory norms.