Tuesday, April 22, 2008

KNOW YOUR CONSTITUENCY

KNOW YOUR CONSTITUENCY

CV RAMAN NAGAR
The new constituency of C V Raman Nagar has a mix of old residential pockets and business hubs, with two major roads cutting through different areas of the constituency. The constituency has been carved out of the six wards of HAL Airport, Jeevan Bima Nagar, Bennig a n a h a l l i , Hoysala Nagar, C V Raman Nagar and Sarvagna Nagar. C V Raman Nagar is a constituency reserved for the Scheduled Castes.
Areas like Indiranagar, Jeevan Bima Nagar and Defence colony have for long been chosen residential locations. Though these areas have not been spared from commercialisation, they are among the last few locations within the city that continue to attract residents as premium residential hubs. When it comes to infrastructure, the core areas of C V Raman Nagar are quite in contrast with the upmarket areas in Indiranagar or off Airport Road.
C V Raman Nagar and Kaggadasapura have cashed in on the realty boom in the past few years though concerns over basic civic amenities are very much on. Residents point to a flurry of upcoming constructions that make for a crammed skyline in the area. The infrastructure woes — including flooding of low-lying areas — haven’t quite turned investors in land and properties off C V Raman Nagar. Particularly favoured are areas close to locations like Jeevan Bima Nagar and Airport Road. Despite the fall in infrastructure standards, C V Raman Nagar has by and large maintained its residential characteristics.
Falling road infrastructure in the core areas of the constituency that takes a substantial chunk of the city’s truck and lorry movement, has been another issue that’s yet to find prompt redressal. Traffic on Old Madras Road continues to be chaotic, winding up to a crawl near the Benniganahalli bridge. Stretches of Varthur Road and Nagawara have also been hit by the
marked increase in vehicular movement.
Airport Road — that’s one of the major traffic nerve centres of the city — has over the years emerged as a business hub as well. Residential areas like Jeevan Bima Nagar are located off the busy Airport Road, making the traffic situation worse. The presence of some high-end hotels on the stretch has also added to the chaos. Areas closer to the HAL Airport like Murugeshpalya have been particularly hit by the traffic on Airport Road. With the new international airport in Devanahalli all set for the launch, the traffic patterns on Airport Road could be in for a major change.
Byappanahalli, that’s set to be developed as a transportation hub, could also bring about a change in traffic movement on the fringes of the constituency, comprising areas like Kathalipalya.
The constituency also houses parts of upmarket residential areas like Cox Town where residents point out erratic disposal of garbage as a major concern. The rise in population and traffic in these neighbourhoods has not been met with effective and time-bound infrastructure projects, they say.
Major areas
Kasturinagar, Benniganahalli, Nagawara, Old Madras Road, Indiranagar, B M Kaval, Byappanahalli, Kadrenapalya, Wheeler Road, Kathalipalya, Binnamangala, Jeevan Bima Nagar, Airport Road, Murugeshpalya.
Landmarks
HAL Airport, Benniganahalli bridge, Max Mueller Bhavan.
PROBLEMS
Earlier
Battered pavements, narrow roads, uncleared garbage.
Now
Traffic bottlenecks, delay in infrastucture projects, realty boom with poor amenities. HEBBAL
When the city’s temperature dipped below 12 degrees Celsius in February and Bangalore was freezing, the areas near Hebbal reeled under cold wave at 8 degrees Celsius.
The GKVK weather monitoring centre in the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) which records weather in that part of town shows a few degrees lesser than what it is in the city. Because Hebbal area has been able to retain some wetlands, and being located on the banks of Hebbal lake, the areas surrounding
it are cool.
Hebbal, a newly created assembly segment, has grown from tiny village clusters into a wellknown area which is seeing development in the recent years. With the delimitation, several parts which earlier belonged to Yelahanka, have come under Hebbal now.
Talk about urbanisation, and you will speak of Hebbal. All the top-notch builders are vying for space here to construct residential colonies. Hebbal has a mix of upmarket areas and underdeveloped segments. While Sanjaynagar, RT Nagar, Judicial Layout, RMV II stage are home to politicians, industrialists, artistes and writers, places like Nagashettyhalli, Kausernagar, Hanumatappa Layout, Gundappa block, Geddalahalli, Venkatappa block, parts of JC Nagar need a facelift.
However, the problems were aplenty in Sanjaynagar too, but for the active citizenry which has brought in a lot of changes in the area. Sanjaynagar residents associations have shown the way: a case in point is streamlining of their garbage disposal system. Now the residents have come up with Gandhigiri concept — will field one among them in the ensuing Assembly polls.
Sanjaynagar, which is a calm residential area, once housed a gang of terrorists. A few years ago, five terrorists were gunned down from a house by the city police based on definite clues. This shook the residents as well as the police.
With the connectivity issue in the fore, the Bellary Road cutting through Hebbal is being widened which will become a crucial corridor. The stretch will have about four underpasses in the coming months. Traffic was a huge problem some years ago until the underpass at Mehkri Circle was constructed which mitigated the congestion.
The University of Agricultural Sciences situated in the vicinity has huge tracts of cultivable lands where field research is carried out.
After the delimitation of BBMP wards, Hebbal is likely to get Sanjaynagar, Hebbal, Ganganagar, Sultanpalya and JC Nagar in its constituency.
Major areas
Old BMP wards 96, 97, 98, 100, Hebbala, Anandnagar, Kanakanagar, Sultanpalya, RT Nagar, Rahmatnagar, Ganganagar, Visvesvaraiah Nagar, UAS, Sanjaynagar, Boopasandra, Jaladarshini Layout, RMV II stage, Kausernagar.
Landmarks
Ganganagar market, University of Agricultural Sciences, army air command unit.
PROBLEMS
Earlier
Lack of basic amenities in interior areas; irregular water supply and garbage clearance; bad roads and street illuminations, increase in the crime graph especially murders.
Now
Irregular water supply, lack of proper road illumination, potholes and drainage. Flooding during rains.

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