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Infrastructure in Bangalore

Bangalore, the third largest city in India, came into being in 1537 CE. It is said that Kempe Gowda I, a feudatory ruler of Vijayanagara Empire founded the city. He constructed a huge mudfort in the modern Bangalore vicinity. Quite a few temples were built during his reign and he also encouraged the construction of residential areas.

Gowda even permitted the construction of lakes in the city. Kempe Gowda II also contributed his bit to the city’s infrastructure. He built four towers in order to segregate Bangalore’s boundaries. The face of the city was further changed when Haider Ali took charge of the place in 1758. His son Tipu Sultan also came up with certain innovative ideas to improve its infrastructure.

From 1799 to 1811, the Diwan of Mysore, Poornaiah added to the city’s overall development. In 1831, the British shifted their barracks from Srirangapatna to Bangalore and this is when the Bangalore Cantonment was set up. A number of roads and bridges were constructed and the city’s telegraph system was also established.

However, the British rulers did not keep a watch on the construction of the roads and bridges around the civilian area and this is why the constructions around these areas are rather haphazard. The sewerage system and the department of Survey and Settlement were also set up subsequently. Municipal bodies were soon constituted in Bangalore town and Bangalore Cantonment. However, its civic infrastructure did not witness much improvement.

After the independence, these municipalities were united to give way to a single municipality for the city. Several improvements were brought about in its infrastructure post independence especially after the Bangalore Development Authority came into being.

A few years back the Bangalore International Airport was established. Zurich Airport, Larsen and Turbo consortium, Siemens, Airports Authority of India and Karnataka State Investment and Industrial Development Corporation are the chief stakeholders in the project. The city’s road infrastructure has also been developed over the past few years.

However, it has still not come up to the expectations of its inhabitants. The infrastructural issues in the city resulted in protests by the IT workers and the students a few years back. Major IT players in Bangalore are also disgusted with its infrastructure. Azim Premji, the CEO of Wipro, had even threatened to pull his organization out of the city if the government did not work upon improving the infrastructure.

Infrastructure Companies in Bangalore are changing the face of the city

It has been learnt that lately the Karnataka government has laid a big plan to upgrade the infrastructure in Bangalore. The city is soon expected to be equipped with advanced living spaces as well as transportation system. A Greater Bengaluru Region having links with the nearby cities such as Tumkur, Ramnagara, Doddaballapura, Chikballapura, Kanakpura and Kolar is proposed.

As per the ruling party’s election manifesto south-east and north-south long elevated flyovers, five high tech stadiums, five auditoriums and four botanical gardens would soon be established in the city. The urban areas of Bangalore are also expected to develop further. Improvement in the infrastructure would fetch economic benefits for the city. It would especially increase the land value out there.

The rising infrastructure of Bangalore has helped a lot in getting a profitable margin for the developers. The same reason has also attracted a lot of international infrastructure players to rope in the market, through government tie-ups. This is surely a good sign of growth which will help the city a lot in coming years. 

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