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Kala Seetharam Sridhar and A. Venugopala Reddy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198065388

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198065388.001.0001

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A Case of Inadequate Spending

(p.100) 5 Bangalore
State of Urban Services in India's Cities

Kala Seetharam Sridhar

A. Venugopala Reddy

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the case of Bangalore, which is located about 840 to 940 metres above the sea level. The city is also the fifth largest metropolitan area in India. It is noted that these topographical characteristics seem to contribute to increasing the cost of certain public services, such as water supply. Before discussing the city's expenditure and service delivery on these types of public services, the socio-economic characteristics of Bangalore are provided. A summary of the revenues of the Bruhath Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) is included. Finally, a detailed examination of the city's expenditure on locally provided public services is provided. This examination reveals that the expenditure on sewerage, water supply, and labour-intensive services is below the national average.

Keywords:   Bangalore, public services, Bruhath Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, Bangalore Development Authority, water supply, sewerage, sanitation, solid waste management, roads, street lighting

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