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3 Indian cities among world's top megacities

Last updated on: April 12, 2012 09:50 IST

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A megacity is a metropolitan area with a total population of over 10 million people. Megacities have made rapid strides in economic development and job creation. Take a look at world's 20 megacities...

1. Tokyo (Japan)

Population: 34.3 million

Tokyo is a major international finance centre, which houses the headquarters of several large investment banks and insurance companies. It serves as a hub for Japan's transportation, publishing, and broadcasting industries.

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Image: A man walks through a street in Tokyo's Shinjuku district.
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2. Guangzhou (China)

Population: 25.2 million

Guangzhou is the main manufacturing hub of the Pearl River Delta, one of mainland China's leading commercial and manufacturing regions.

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Image: Visitors walk through an entrance to China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.
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3. Seoul (South Korea)

Population: 25.1 million

Seoul has become a major business hub. Although it accounts for only 0.6 per cent of South Korea's land area, Seoul generates 21 per cent of the country's GDP.

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Image: Women make traditional Korean side dish kimchi, or fermented cabbage, at a charity event at the Seoul City Hall Plaza.
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4. Shanghai (China)

Population: 24.8 million

Shanghai has been one of the fastest developing cities in the world, in the last two decades. It is a 'showpiece' of the booming economy of mainland China.

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Image: Local residents walk pass blossoming cherry trees at Jing An Park in downtown Shanghai.
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5. New Delhi (India)

Population: 23.3 million

New Delhi is one of the world's top global cities. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and rated as an 'alpha- world city'. 

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Image: Passengers offer prayers before boarding a train at a railway station in New Delhi.
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6. Mumbai (India)

Population: 23 million

Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India, it is also one of the world's top 10 centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow, generating 5 per cent of India's GDP, and accounting for 25 per cent of industrial output.

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Image: Commuters walk past the headquarters of Central Bank of India in Mumbai.
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7. Mexico City (Mexico)

Population: 22.9

An 'alpha' global city, Mexico City is one of the most important financial centres in North America. Mexico City urban agglomeration has the eighth richest metropolitan area in the world.

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Image: People stand at the emergency stairs in an office building during an earthquake drill in Mexico City.
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8. New York City (United States)

Population: 22 million

New York is a global hub of international business and commerce and is one of three 'command centres' for the world economy.

The city is a major centre for banking and finance, retailing, world trade, transportation, tourism, real estate and new media.

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Image: The Empire State Building is seen with its lights turned off in participation with Earth Hour in New York.
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9. Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Population: 20.9 million

Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city in the southern hemisphere. Sao Paulo has a strong international influence and is considered an Alpha World City.

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Image: Retired Brazilian police officer Andre Luiz Pinheiro, 50, dressed as super-hero Batman, is greeted by a dog in Taubate city, Sao Paulo.
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10. Manila (Philippines)

Population: 20.3 million

Manila has a diverse and multifaceted economy. Manila has the chief seaport of the country.

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Image: Passengers queue as they check-in inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.
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11. Jakarta (Indonesia)

Population: 18.9 million

Jakarta is the country's economic, cultural and political centre. Jakarta's economy depends on financial service, trade, and manufacturing.

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Image: Policemen guard a toll road in Jakarta as students and workers protest against increasing fuel prices in Jakarta.
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12. Los Angeles (United States) 

Population: 18.1 million 

Nicknamed the City of Angels, Los Angeles is a world centre of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, and education. The city is home to seven Fortune 500 companies.

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13. Karachi (Pakistan)

Population: 17,000,000

Karachi is the largest city, the main seaport and financial centre of Pakistan.

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Image: A man sells dry figs from his cart as another rides past on a bicycle in front of the Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) building.
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14. Osaka (Japan)

Population: 16,700,000 

Osaka is one of the command centres for the Japanese economy. Osaka was the centre of commerce in Japan, especially in the middle and pre-modern ages. 

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15. Kolkata (India)

Population: 16,600,000

Kolkata is the main commercial and financial hub of East and North-East India and home to the Calcutta Stock Exchange.

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Image: Labourers fish in a pond near a residential estate under construction in Kolkata.
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16. Cairo (Egypt)

Population: 15,300,000 

Besides being the capital city, Cairo is the commercial centre and the largest city in Egypt.

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17. Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Population: 14,800,000

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after Greater Sao Paulo.

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18. Moscow (Russia)

Population: 14.8 million

Moscow is a major political, economic, cultural, scientific, financial, educational, and transportation centre of Russia.

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19. Dhaka (Bangladesh)

Population: 14 million

Dhaka is the centre of political, cultural and economic life in Bangladesh. 

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20. Beijing (China)

Population: 13.9 million

Beijing is China's political, cultural, and educational centre, and home to most of China's largest state-owned companies.



Image: Workmen stand atop a building under construction on a clear winter's afternoon in Beijing.
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