Friday, April 25, 2008



OFFICE BBMP Office, N.R. Square, Bangalore - 02

• 22975555
It’s ironical that in a constituency that houses some of Bangalore’s most upmarket residential areas, the most talked-about infrastructure project in the last few years has been a delayed flyover. The long-in-the-making flyover in Cox Town has hit commuters in areas falling on the boundaries of Sarvagnanagar and C V Raman Nagar. And after a series of representations and a long battle with the officialdom, residents say that work on ground is far from effective.
Sarvagnanagar, the new constituency, comprises the five Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) wards of Lingarajapura, Banaswadi,
Maruthisevanagar, Kadugondanahalli and Kacharakanahalli, apart from parts of Bytarayanapura. Areas in Banaswadi and Maruthisevanagar have been the worst-hit due to the delay in construction of the flyover. With the road width substantially shortened as part of the construction, traffic in parts of Wheeler Road and other areas like Banaswadi railway station road has also been hit.
While parts of the south Sarvagnanagar are affected by the slow progress of the flyover, major residential areas in other parts of the constituency like HBR layout and HRBR layout are not placed better either. With major roads — including the everbustling outer ring road and Hennur Road — bordering and cutting through the constituency in some areas, the traffic spillover has in recent years been affecting residential neighbourhoods as well.
Residents, though, feel that major parts of the constituency are well spaced out with decent road connectivity. The areas spread around the ORR have in recent years been in the limelight because of the repeated change in alignment on the proposed expressway connecting Challakere on ORR to the new international airport in Devanahalli.
Oil mills, colleges and educational institutions like the Arabic College dot the HBR layout and surroundings. Spread over different blocks and extensions, the layout accounts for a major chunk of the residential population in the constituency.
Real estate has been a thriving business for years together in areas like Banaswadi and HBR layout and if the running rates of commercial and residential property are any indication, the curve is inching further north.
The southern parts of the constituency have some
coveted residential areas like Cooke’s Town and St Thomas Town. These neighbourhoods have a good mix of the quaintly old-fashioned structures and posh residential apartments. Though supermarkets, small shops and ATMs have come up in the bylanes of these residential areas, the original character of the locality has not seen a major shift.
With more than three lakh voters, the constituency is one of the largest in the city. Sarvagnanagar has around 3.01 lakh voters and stands third in terms of the number of voters among the 21 BBMP constituencies and seven Bangalore urban district constituencies after Bangalore South and K R Puram. The constituency also has a relatively high (48.82%) share of women voters.
Major areas
HBR Layout, St Thomas Town, Nagawara, Kadugondanahalli, Kalyan Nagar, HRBR Layout, OMBR Layout, Banaswadi, Kammanahalli, Lingarajapura, Cooke’s Town.
Kachanahallikere, Outer Ring Road, Anjaneyaswamy temple, Hennur Road, Arabic College.
Rise in vehicular traffic, water supply issues, mixed activity zones
Flooding during rains, shrinking road space, pedestrians sidelined GOVINDRAJNAGAR
OFFICE BBMP Office, Dr. T.C.M. Royan Road, Good Shed Road, Bangalore - 53

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One of the split-up areas of the erstwhile Binnypet constituencies, Govindarajnagar stretches from West of Chord Road to Nayandahalli on Mysore Road, in fragments. And it’s definitely a challenge for candidates contesting from this constituency as it has problems galore.
With just a few areas that can be categorised as “developed’’, the rest of the segment is underdeveloped and accounts for a mere vote bank.
One of Govindarajnagar constituency’s prime areas is Chandra Layout, which is well-endowed. The adjoining Canara Bank Colony is a calm residential layout, well-planned and
away from the hustle and bustle of chaotic Vijayanagar and Mysore Road. The areas surrounding Nagarbhavi and West of Chord Road also provide for decent living, where the cream of the population resides.
On the contrary, Moodalapalya, Byraveshwaranagar, Cauverynagar, Saraswatinagar, Nayandahalli and Kamakshipalya lack basic amenities — narrow and dusty roads, flooding during rain, garbage menace, irregular water supply, blind road curves are some of the major problems bogging the areas.
In recent times, Chandra Layout was in the news for all the wrong reasons. The stray dog menace and sudden spurt in deaths due to dog attacks shook Bangaloreans. The strays mauled two children to death, and hit the locality so hard that people did not dare walk the streets even during the day. Soon after, the civic authorities launched a project to round up stray dogs, but it has not been effective.
Nagarbhavi has seen a lot of development in the last few years. Wide
roads that can accommodate projected increase in traffic and parks have added to the serenity of the locality. The areas adjoining Chord Road also are blessed with good facilities, but the increase in traffic flow is becoming a bane.
Another newly added area to the BBMP limits is Nayandahalli, which is perennially flooded during the monsoon. Mysore Road, which cuts through Nayandahalli, has not only upped the realty prices here, but has also encouraged an influx of people. Situated close to Nayandahalli tank, the locality is a mix of residential and commercial. After the 2005 deluge, the authorities took up intensive cleaning of the tank, removed the encroachments and built waste weirs.
Major areas
Rajajinagar Industrial Town, West of Chord Road V stage, Magadi Chord Road Layout, Vijayanagar I stage, Kamakshipalya Industrial Estate, Cauverynagar, Saraswatinagar, Kalyannagar, Nagarbhavi IV stage, Chandra Layout, Gangondanahalli, Nayadahalli, Canara Bank Colony, Moodalapalya
West of Chord Road, KIMCO junction, Rajajinagar Industrial Town
PROBLEMS Earlier and Now
Irregular water supply, narrow roads, traffic chaos, stray dog menace and garbage pile-ups

Ring Road near Hennur


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