Google Map’s updated timelapse feature shows how Mumbai and other Indian cities are booming and building infrastructure.
A timelapse of Mumbai, starting in 1984 and ending in 2016 shows green patches in the mega city of more than 10 million people disappearing and being replaced with developments. The 3.4-mile long bridge which connects the city’s Bandra neighborhood with Worli starts to be visible in 2006 and it snakes across the water as it is constructed.
East of the city, Navi Mumbai rapidly expands as the landscape is carpeted with buildings.
The views of New Delhi are no less dramatic.
The east of the city is seen rapidly developing, while Gurgaon appears to pop out of nowhere. From a wider perspective, the city’s reach sprawls out over the countryside as time passes.
The fuzzy images of India’s tech hub Bangalore—which has transformed over the period to become home not just to two of India’s largest outsourcers Wipro and Infosys but also countless startups—are harder to decipher, but a large block of gray appears in the center of the city over the 32 years the images cover.
The coastal city of Chennai—India’s auto hub that has been called the Detroit of India for its car factories–spreads west over the years while its lakes appear to fill up with water.