Moscow: The Russian capital Moscow is all set to rank among the world's ten biggest megalopolises in 2012 when it expands city limits 2.4 times.

After all official procedures are over; Moscow's total area will go up from the current 1,091 square kilometres to 2,531 square kilometres to rank the Russian capital city sixth among the world's biggest megalopolises, after Sydney (12,144 square kilometers) and Kinshasa (10,550 square kilometers) in Congo.

Moscow's territory will expand by 2.4 times to swallow 21 municipalities, i.e. two towns, Shcherbinka and Troitsk, and 19 townships and villages in the Podolsk, Leninsky, and Naro-Fominsk districts of the Moscow region.

Apart from that, some territories in the Krasnogorsk and Odintsovo districts will also become part of the capital city, while a land plot of 1.4 hectares in the Kurkino district, where the regional emergencies centre is located, will be transferred to the Moscow region.

In terms of territory, Moscow will outstrip such cities as Ankara, Istanbul, Tehran, Bogota, and will push London with its area of 1,590 square kilometers from the top ten lists.

In terms of the number of population, Moscow's rating is unlikely to change, since its population will increase by only 250,000 to reach 11,750,000. Moscow will remain seventh in this rating, after Shanghai (13,831,000 residents), Mumbai (13,830,000 residents), Sao Paolo (13,651,000 residents), Istanbul (13,120,000 residents), and Karachi and New Delhi, with the population exceeding 12 million.

The geographical expansion of the capital city will require an updated development concept. A tender for the development of such a concept will be held in early 2012.

Moscow's expansion is a "development perspective for our city for decades," Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin said on the New Year eve.

According to the mayor, it is planned to set up business, financial and administrative centres, to develop entertainment areas and national parks and to build housing on new territories.

Efforts to address transport and traffic problems will continue with more dedicated lines will be organised for public transport along Moscow's roads and more parking lots.

It is also expected that in 2012 construction of new metro stations will be continued.

(Agencies)