Saturday, April 26, 2008

KNOW YOUR CONSTITUENCY

KNOW YOUR CONSTITUENCY






BYATARAYANAPURA



ELECTORAL REGISTRATION OFFICE

Assistant Commissioner, Bangalore North Sub-Division, VV Tower, Podium Block, Dr. Ambedkar Veedhi, Bangalore -01

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Byatarayanapura is one of the seven assembly constituencies that fall in Bangalore Urban district. As a City Municipal Council (CMC), Byatarayanapura had made a mark with a line-up of IT-based initiatives taken up by the administration. The projects notwithstanding, the general standard of living has not been enhanced much in these parts of Bangalore.
Areas in Jala hobli comprise major parts of the constituency. The erstwhile Byatarayanapura and Yelahanka City Municipal C o u n c i l s (CMCs) have been brought together to form the new constituency, which has more than 2.5 lakh voters.
Like many areas on the
fringes of Bangalore, Byatarayanapura is hit by road infrastructure issues. The situation is ironical because many parts of the constituency have good access to the Outer Ring Road as well as Bellary Road (NH7). With connectivity to the international airport in Devanahalli hitting the headlines in the past couple of months, the focus on Bellary Road has increased. Many roads in the core areas of Byatarayanapura, though, continue to be sidelined. Bus connectivity is another area of concern in the residential areas.
Residents of the core areas of the constituency say that road works have been a casualty in the past few years. With a considerable rise in vehicular movement in the residential localities, good road connectivity has become a rising demand from the public. The proposed road works to be taken up in the new areas of the Byatarayanapura zone are tipped to offer some respite to the constituency. Thanisandra is among the areas that have been identified for road upgradation works.
The proximity to ORR and NH7 has also translated to rising property prices in major areas of the constituency. There are also a good number of educational institutions in Byatarayanapura. Land has become a prized possession in many areas, with more cases of encroachment being reported recently. The findings of the joint legislative committee on land encroachment in Bangalore, headed by A T Ramaswamy, had also indicated this trend, especially in areas like Jala hobli. The real estate boom spun off by the Devanahalli airport is also impacting some areas, their distance from the airport notwithstanding.
Residents of Byatarayanapura have, over the years, raised concerns about the falling civic infrastructure as well as the rise in property tax. Byatarayanapura is one of the fringe areas in Bangalore that have pinned hope on the merger with Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). As the wait for better amenities is on, party candidates are expected to pitch these issues on the campaign agenda.
Under the municipal e-governance project, Byatarayanapura CMC had undertaken mapping of all the wards falling within the CMC. Online issuance of khatas and birth/death certificates and a customer grievance cell were among the CMC’s other initiatives. While the initiatives did manage to get the impetus, many basic issues that plague Byatarayanapura, including access to water, continue to be left unaddressed.

Major areas

Doddajala, Bagalur, Huvinayakanahalli, Kuduregere, Singahalli, Thimmasandra, Thanisandra, Kodigalahalli

Landmarks

Defence area, APMC Grounds, Brindavan College

PROBLEMS

Earlier
Piles of garbage, high crime rate, bad roads
Now
Faulty drains, water issues, inadequate bus connectivity

MAHADEVAPURA



ELECTORAL REGISTRATION OFFICE

Assistant Commissioner, Bangalore North Sub-Division, VV Tower, Podium Block, Dr. Ambedkar Veedhi, Bangalore -01

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Mahadevapura is a unique assembly constituency — it comprises two disparate sections like farmers and techies. It also has a mix of the rich and the poor.
On one hand, there are huge tracts of agricultural lands where primary occupation is agriculture, horticulture and sericulture. Then you have software giants bringing Bangalore its sobriquet — Silicon Valley and IThub.
The boom in real estate which
has given surge to construction activities in an unp re c e d e n t e d manner also brings out the constituency’s contradictions. S k y s c r ap e r s, glass-and-steel structures, huge apartment complexes greet you when you visit this constituency.
You will also find old world charm: Whitefield — one of the major landmarks — is dotted with British-type bungalows and villas. Come summer, foreigners make their home here as Puttaparthi Saibaba’s ashram is located in the area.
Marathahalli segment has developed into a satellite town. It boasts of all facilities — from hospitals to educational institutions to shopping malls to entertainment to good connectivity with ring roads cutting across the area.
A few IT giants have developed some stretches of roads under public-private partnership model.
As for Mahadevapura segment, there are about 2,500 mega apartment structures with dwellings of more than 1.5 lakh individual units. There are about 500 massive office complexes with over
1 million sqft of
office space. But there is poor infrastructure.
On any week day during peak hours, there is bumperto-bumper traffic on this stretch. That this is also the main link connecting two national highways — Old Madras Road and Hosur Road — only makes matters worse with truckers adding to the gridlock.
Then you have remote villages which have never heard of roads, drains or hospitals. Water and sanitation are absent in several villages. While residents of private layouts bank on borewells, the villagers depend on irrigational pumpsets for water.
This segment is in news as the two ‘polluted’ Bellandur and Varthur lakes which carry industrial effluents are located here. Even today, the stench there is unbearable. To top it, some villages use sewage water to cultivate their lands. This has raised health concerns.
After redrawing the assembly constituency, Mahadevapura has been carved as a new assembly segment and it has been reserved for the present assembly elections. Earlier, Mahadevapura was part of Varthur constituency.

Major areas

Kadugodi plantation, Bidarahalli, Varthur, Budigere, Avalahalli, Mahadevapura, Bellandur, Doddakannalli, Byrathi, Kammasandra, Ramagondanahalli and K R Puram.

Landmarks

Whitefield, Kadugodi, Varthur, Marathahalli, ITPL, Food Corporation of India, Whitefield railway station.

PROBLEMS

Earlier
Bumber-to-bumper traffic, narrow roads, lack of sanitation, lack of drains and lack of water.
Now
Increase in truck numbers, traffic snarls, improper drains, inadequate supply of water, haphazard growth.



Traffic jam on Bellary Road

1 Comments:

At Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 11:24:00 AM GMT+5:30, Blogger arogyaswamy chinnappa said...

chikka byrathy is one of the worst improved area in the locality. Ministers come and go, but there is improvement for the past one year. There has been no proper water distribution in the locality, roads are like garbage bins and street light don't ask! i do not know what the minister is doing ?

 

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