For every landline, Delhi has 82 new mobile connections
Delhi residents prefer to be mobile while talking on the phone, a new survey has revealed. The city registered 82 new mobile connections for every new landline phone connection last year.
The National Capital has a population of nearly 1.68 crore people, for which nearly 3.88 crore mobile phone connections are there, or at least two mobile phones per person on average, according to the Delhi Statistical Hand Book-2011 released Thursday.
The number of mobile phone connections rose by nearly 1.05 crore, from the approximately 2.83 crore in April-2010 to nearly 3.88 crore in March 2011. Comparatively, land line connections increased by just four per cent to nearly 28 lakh.
Briefing reporters about the handbook prepared by the state government's planning department, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the Capital was fast turning into an urban mega-city.
The city's rural population has decreased by more than 55 per cent over the last decade, with 30 people for each person now residing in urban areas that the government classifies as rural.
According to the hand book, urban population in the Capital grew by more than 26 per cent over the last decade, with the Central and the New Delhi districts being the only two zones where it declined.
The highest decadal growth of 30.62 per cent was reported in the Southwest district, while New Delhi had negative decadal growth of minus 25.35 per cent, the report states, quoting the provisional results of 2011 census.
Dikshit said the literacy rate during the year ending March-2011 was recorded at 86.34 per cent, with the New Delhi district having the highest 89.38 per cent, while the lowest, 82.80 per cent, was reported in the Northeast district.
As per the statistics, at least five lakh motor vehicles were registered during 2010-11 taking the total number to 69,32,706.
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