Thursday, 2 February 2012

Bangalore

Bangalore, as per my knowledge is indeed the best Indian city to live-in. Perhaps I feel so because it is my birthplace. I witnessed the growth of the city from a small sleepy town to a burgeoning metropolis and must say, though the city has witnessed tremendous urbanization, a large portion of it is unplanned and in an appreciable number of cases, unnecessary. The formation of the 'Greater Bangalore' has not done much good to the city ; neither has the corporation BBMP got richer, nor did the people living in the newly added conurbation areas receive any benefits of their properties being brought under the ambit of a happening metropolis. I have had my own plans for my city and the time to express the same has come now ... :)

Instead of having a Greater Bangalore and including new areas into it on a timely basis, I propose to have a State Capital Region (SCR) which includes Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Kolar, Chikballapur and Ramnagar districts. When it is almost certain that the city is likely to extend into all its neighbouring towns and villages in the near future as it has been doing since a while, there is no point in drawing up the boundaries to suit a certain radius. All the places must be linked by metro, sub-urban trains and buses. I propose to have a ring road for the entire SCR along with the other ring roads like Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), Intermediate Ring Road (IRR) and Satellite Towns Ring Road (STRR) by the Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority (BMRDA). Bangalore must not grow beyond the SCRRR.

This road links all the National Highways and State Highways that may or may not originate from Bangalore. The commuting distances between the various towns in Kolar, Tumkur, Chikballapur and Ramnagar districts are greatly reduced. It also helps the industries to set up shop in these towns ; the walk-to work concept could be a reality as well as the authorities could look at these towns to meet the housing requirements of the future.






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