India: Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environmental Management Project
Urban growth in coastal districts of Karnataka had far exceeded the capacity of existing infrastructure and services with resulting negative impacts on human welfare, economic growth, and the natural environment. In response to this, the project design focused on improving the living conditions in 10 urban centers located along the west coast of the state with a total population of about 1 million at the time of project preparation. Improvements were to be achieved through the provision of essential urban infrastructure and municipal services in the 10 selected towns to meet basic needs and to support the sustainable development of the region. In this way, the project also responded to the state’s intention to realize the social and economic development potential of urban areas other than Bangalore, which was the main center of urban and industrial growth in Karnataka.
This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the program, which aimed to improve urban infrastructure, management, and resource mobilization in project cities in India. IED overall assessment: Successful.