Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Urbanization and politics in Bangalore

Here is an interesting article about the urbanization challenge in Bangalore, the IT hub of India, that has a population of 8 million and more than 5 million vehicles ply the city’s roads.

Below is an excerpt from the article:

In the heart of the city, a Congress party candidate, Dinesh Gundu Rao, greeted voters in a middle-class neighborhood this month. His campaign workers burst firecrackers, beat drums and showered him with marigold petals. Women peeped from balconies and windows. “Remember to vote for me, sister,” Gundu Rao called out.
“Remember to get clean water for us,” replied a woman in a green sari. Another told him about the broken sewage pipes, and a third pointed to a foul-smelling garbage pile on the road.

Very much applicable to Nepal's rapidly growing urban centers as well.