The migration of vast numbers of people from the countryside to the city is putting massive pressure on the urban infrastructures. This is particularly the case in the sub-region of Bangalore, in India, where improvement of the water and sanitation network is vital for the health and welfare of the local population and balanced development of the region. Serpentine streets and monsoon climatic conditions were tough local challenges that required specific solutions for the pipe network. The answer was to install PE100 pipe systems to provide inhabitants of Mangalore and Puttur with access to fresh water and improved sanitation.
For the first time in human history, more people are living in cities than in the rural areas. This rural-to-urban migration is putting major pressures on the buried infrastructure; nowhere more so than India where 20 million people live today in cities with no access to fresh water and sanitation. The improvement and extension of water and sanitation networks within the cities are therefore crucial for the health and welfare of these growing communities.
The Indian State of Karnataka, and its capital city, Bangalore, are facing strong rural to urban migration pressures, and there is an urgent need to improve water infrastructure and services. Set up in 1993, the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) is the State agency dedicated to planning, financing and developing urban infrastructure. The Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Project (KUIDP) is one of its integrated projects designed to provide and upgrade essential urban infrastructure and services.
Aimed at reducing the rural-to-urban migration pressure on Bangalore, the project encompasses a full range of welfare and development activities, from environmental sanitation to institutional strengthening.