Civic amenities: City worse than many others
The IT capital of the country fares poor compared to small cities in Karnataka in terms of civic amenities, according to a study by the City-based Public Affairs Centre.
Three cities were found to have more public toilets per slum than those in Bangalore. The study points out that according to official statistics parks outnumber public toilets in Bangalore. The Capital also lagged behind other cities in respect of water connections and property tax recovery. Thus, while Bangalore rakes in more than half the moolah generated by all cities, smaller cities have done much better in terms of civic amenities.
But there are silver linings too. The City fares better when it comes to public transport - with 72 buses per lakh population, followed by Mysore, Hubli-Dharwad and Mangalore.
The study also raises questions on the government’s policies on removing the regional imbalances. The study report notes that if the smaller cities were not properly developed, larger cities like Bangalore become overcrowded, unlivable and unmanageable.