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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.
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 BangaloreInternationalAirport
was established. ZurichAirport,
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.
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
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.