The P-North ward, which includes Malad east and west, is the most populated ward in the city, according to the recently concluded census 2011. The ward has 9.46 lakh people, which constitutes 7.8% of the city’s total population.
The data shows that in the last decade, there has been a rise in Malad’s population by 1.47 lakh. The total population of Malad in 2001 was 7.98 lakh.
Experts say this could be attributed to affordable rent and the growth of slums in the area.
An analysis of the data shows that the western suburbs, which constitute 44.3% of the city’s population, have emerged as the fastest growing section in the city. While 30.5 % total population is concentrated in the eastern suburbs.
According to the data, the population in the island city has dipped in the last decade. Eight out of the nine wards in the island city have shown a decrease in population. The only ward to show an increase of 4,374 people is the F-north ward that includes areas such as Matunga and Sion.
“There is a need to redistribute resources according to the concentration of population. The census data should be used to plan the city’s infrastructure,” said Navin Bhatia a social analyst and a demographer.
The ward-wise data shows that the B–ward, which includes seemingly crowded areas such as Bhendi Bazaar, Mohammad Ali road, Sandhurst Road, has a population of 1.27 lakh. This is the lowest population across all the 24 wards. In 2001, the population of B-ward was 1.40 lakh.
The data also shows that even though the island city has the lowest population, it still has the highest population density. The C–ward, which includes areas such as Bhuleshwar, Marine Lines and Pydhonie has 91,991 people living in a 1 sqkm area, which is the highest in the city.
Demographers said the population density in C-ward is high because it is a commercial hub, which has led to an influx of people. The area of the ward is 1.8 sqkm.
The lowest population density is in Mulund where 7,533 people share 1 sqkm of area.
The total population of the city is 1.25 crore.
The data also shows that the L-ward, which includes areas such as Kurla, houses 7.1% of the city’s population in their ward. The total population in this ward is 8.91 lakh. In 2001, the population of the ward was 7.78 lakh.
According to the 2001 census data, the K-east ward, which includes Andheri (east), was the most populated ward with 8.10 lakh people living in this ward, which was 6.7% of the total population. The 2011 census shows that the population of Andheri (east) has increased to 8.18 lakh.