Bangalore India: Sustainable Cities Initiative City Report


The benefits of Bangalore’s growth have not been equally distributed, with about 43 per cent of the city’s population living in multi-dimensional poverty. Moreover, the city’s physical footprint has increased by over 100 per cent in the last decade, although the city continues to have a low-density core: the built-up area has increased at the cost of the city’s vegetation and water resources. In particular, the growth on the city’s peripheries (towards the north and the south-west) is putting an increasing amount of pressure on Bangalore’s natural and economic resources. Bangalore faces considerable risks if it were to continue on its current development pathway.