Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A dream habitat in Koramangala

A dream habitat in Koramangala

Express Features First Published : 28 Jun 2010 05:05:14 AM ISTLast Updated : 28 Jun 2010 09:13:49 AM IST
Koramangala is one of the largest mixed-use areas in Karnataka. The well-planned locality has intelligent buildings demonstrating how chrome, glass and green leaves can seamlessly blend between modern edifices and serene flora. It’s is a highly valued residential locality with its wide boulevards and posh bungalows. A large number of restaurants, relatively upscale houses, apartment complexes and a number of Indian and multi-national software companies distinguish Koramangala from other parts of the city.
The residents of Koramangala are from various parts of country and include the old, the young and the vibrant IT crowd. “The USP of this locality is the cosmopolitan crowd, which means varied needs and more business opportunities,” says Shrinivas, who runs a departmental store in sector 3.
The locality is divided into eight blocks with the 3rd and 7th blocks more commercial than the others. The locality is also home to educational institutions such as the St John’s Medical College, Jyothi Nivas College, Vemana Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Astrophysics and others.
Koramangala also boasts one of the city’s biggest shopping malls The Forum, and Raheja Arcade. It hosts luxury apartment complexes such as Prestige Acropolis, Raheja Residency and the National Games Housing Complex.
The stock exchange, leading banks, software centres and government offices are also within easy reach. Software companies such as Infosys, Wipro, NDS, Siemens VDO, Microland, Zenith Software, Rational Software Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd., Tally Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Tricon Infotech Pvt. Ltd, Robert Bosch, Collabera Solutions, Mindtree, Lucent Technologies, Interra Systems, Tavant Technologies, and Ciber have their offices here.
Till the 1970s, one would pass the village of Adugodi on the Hosur Road and then usually bypass Koramangala, which was on the left, while going to the industrial suburbs of Bommanhalli or Bommasandra. It was only towards the late ’70s that more houses were constructed. The landmark Manton’s factory has given way to the posh Raheja Arcade, while the road to Bommanhalli and Bommasandra houses Electronic City, home to many hi-tech firms.
The former Koramangala tank was drained and the National Games Village apartment complex was built instead.


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