‘Give us well-maintained public spaces’: Shopping malls eating urban space, yet more malls coming up in top cities

Despite the rise of e-commerce, 11 new shopping malls opened in major cities in 2023. A social media debate emerged, criticizing this trend and advocating for more public spaces over commercial malls, highlighting consumer preference for vibrant local markets and unique cultural offerings.

Shopping malls eating urban space, yet more malls coming up in top cities

Even as e-commerce and online shopping have become the best and easiest option these days, shopping malls are still thriving in big cities. As per reports, as many as 11 shopping malls became operational in major cities in 2023.

In the previous year, Hyderabad witnessed the completion of three shopping malls while Pune and Chennai had two each. One shopping mall each came up in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad.