Saturday, November 28, 2009

A haven of peace and quiet

A haven of peace and quiet

HRBR Layout is fast-developing into one of the most
sought-after addresses in town

Vaishalli Chandra

Situated close to the Outer Ring Road, HRBR Layout represents a preferred address both for well-established Bangaloreans drawn to its wide roads and spacious, well-etched blocks and for young couples and students who can't get enough of its cosmopolitan culture. HRBR Layout has a much-valued countryside quietness about it that cuts out the blare of constant city traffic. At the same time, its close proximity to the international airport makes it easy for high-flying executives to slip in and out of the city.
Good green cover, well-maintained roads and pavements and a fast developing retail ambiance are pluses every resident of this area rattles off with pride. It is as close to a model ward one can have in the city, some say.
Youngsters from the area can shop at their favourite stores on 4th Main Road, also known as Kamanahalli Main Road. This arterial road buzzes with energy and its connectivity to Jal Vayu Vihar and Sena Vihar gives it an added advantage as cafes, restaurants and internet parlours ensure youngsters have dedicated spaces to hang out. Most young people living here feel there's no need to head for MG Road and Brigade Road.
"The place is peaceful and everything is available here – from supermarkets to music and bookstores," says Sushma Satyanarayan, a training manger in a call centre and a resident of HRBR Layout. It is even close to her work place. "In fact, the houses are spacious and priced to suit young working executives," she says.
The office-going crowd, especially those working in MNCs and BPOs, find the area just a hop, skip and jump away from the offices of companies such as Philips and IBM located nearby, including at the Manyata Tech Park, which is just a few kilometers away.
The only negative aspect of this area? A lowered sense of security after nightfall as the broad roads, though well-lit, feel a little eerie and make one feel less than confident about venturing out alone. While there are a few good parks in the area, residents feel that aren't nearly enough. The safety of children is yet another concern, as the lack of playing areas means many children are forced to play on the roads.

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