Bangalore is one of the fastest growing cities in India and is branded as ‘Silicon Valley of India’ for heralding
and spearheading the growth of Information Technology (IT) based industries in the country.
With the advent and growth of IT industry, as well as numerous industries in other sectors and the onset
of economic liberalisation since the early 1990s, Bangalore has taken lead in service-based industries
fuelling substantial growth of the city both economically and spatially. Bangalore has become a cosmopolitan
city attracting people and business alike, within and across nations. This profile notes the urban
setting and provides an overview of the urban fabric, while discussing various prospects related to infrastructure
and governance. This paper also outlines the challenges in planning to ensure better delivery of
basic services across the city.
Keywords: Bangalore, Silicon Valley, Garden City
Figure 5 : Population Growth of Bangalore City 1871 – 2007* (*The population for 2007 is an estimate). Source: Census of India (2001b).
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