BENGALURU: Vijayanagar, one of the happening places of Bengaluru West, needs more focus on basic amenities. Among the oldest constituencies in the city, Vijayanagar was just a cluster of villages once, and comprises Hosahalli and Attiguppe villages, which are now wards in the BBMP.
It was also something of a mill workers’ colony, with its Binny Layout, where workers from Binny mills (built by the British) made their homes in the early 1960s. The area was later renamed as Vijayanagar, after the Vijayanagara empire which ruled much of South India between the 14th and 16th centuries.
The constituency is home to some of the oldest temples including Gali Anjaneya temple, and Attiguppe Narasimha temple. Vijayanagar is close to Mysuru Road, and the KSRTC satellite bus station also falls under this constituency.The central library in Hampinagar ward is said to be one of the largest in Karnataka.
Despite enjoying such heritage advantages and facilities such as parks and good bus connectivity, it is struggling now with bad roads and garbage disposal issues.
Residents often complain about waste not being picked up and streets not being swept. With pourakarmikas not being paid on time, garbage clearance has become irregular. Only mixed waste is being collected from the wards here, with garbage segregation at source given least priority. Each ward has a dry waste collection centre (DWCC), but these are not getting the expected quantity of dry waste as segregation has not been enforced.
In the past decade, many playgrounds were converted into parks, and as a result there is more greenery but less space to play. Some parks here need attention as they have not been maintained well. Residents say the roads in their area are in a deplorable state, and blamed the ongoing Namma Metro work for the deterioration of roads. Traffic jams are common wherever Metro work is going on.
Drinking water is available once in two days. At least 95 per cent of the residents here have tap water facility, and there is no severe water shortage. A sum of around `213 crore has been allotted for the area under various grants in the past five years.
Congress Gaining Ground?
In the 2010 BBMP election, six of the eight wards went to the BJP while Congress won in two wards. All BJP councillors were former MLA V Somanna’s followers.
Four of the six BJP councillors won’t be able to contest this time due to a change in reservation categories. With sitting MLA Krishnappa being from the Congress, the party’s candidates here may have an advantage in the elections.
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