Chapter

Bengaluru

Samuel Paul, Kala Seetharam Sridhar, A. Venugopala Reddy and Pavan Srinath

in The State of Our Cities

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780198080381
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198080381.003.0003
Bengaluru

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This chapter first looks at the history, origins, and governance of Bengaluru, the capital and largest city of Karnataka. This is followed by a characterization of the city’s demographics (population, density patterns, labour force, and social composition), city economy (economic base, credit disbursed, investment flows, commercial infrastructure, residential and commercial buildings, and urban poverty). It then goes on to examine resources and finances (primarily revenues, tax collections, and capital expenditures), and provides information on basic infrastructure such as roads, street lights, and transport. Education (schools and colleges) and health (hospitals) are considered as social infrastructure. Next the chapter presents a profile of essential services, such as water supply, sewerage, electricity, and solid waste. It also presents several indicators for the quality of life in Bengaluru, taking into account air and water quality, entertainment (parks, recreation centres, and museums), and the traffic density on roads. Finally, the chapter captures public security and safety (measured in terms of crimes such as murders, dacoity, and theft).

Keywords: Karnataka; Bengaluru; governance; demographics; infrastructure; services; quality of life; public security; education; health

Chapter.  6493 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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