coutry's urban population is set to roughly double by 2050, and that means finding jobs and inexpensive city homes has become a major headache for the country's politicians.
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According to the 2011 census, Maharashtra already has India's highest urban population, most of it concentrated in five cities including Greater Mumbai, which is home to 23 million and one of the most densely populated cities on earth.
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Activists have long complained that, despite a surplus of luxury homes lying unsold, Mumbai and other cities have a severe shortage of affordable housing.

The issue has been taken up by nationalist groups, such as right-wing Hindu party Shiv Sena, appealing to Mumbai's working classes.

"Where are the homes for Mumbaikars?" asked Subhash Desai, Maharashtra's Industries Minister and a Shiv Sena leader.
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"They are industrial workers, office-goers, drivers, security guards, domestic help. We make them (live) two hours away," he told the audience at the KPMG report presentation.

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