Bengaluru… Old vs New

Ever since the good old days, Bangalore has been known for its beauty and fine weather. Over the past couple of decades, Bangalore has gone through major transformations in terms of the population to the city’s infrastructure and housing projects. Although, there has been an increase in the dimensions of the city, Bangalore has been able to maintain its charm. Initially setup as a colonial outpost, the city is now unrecognizable to anyone who has been here in the early 20th century.  Amidst the chaos in today’s Bangalore, a few localities such as Sadashivnagar, Malleswaram and Basavangudi have been successful in maintaining the old world charm of the city. There has also been a widespread increase in the number of IT parks that has led to an increase in the number of Housing projects as well. Places like whitefield and electronic city has set new standards in growth of a city.

Here are some of the well-known land marks in the city and how they have been transformed over the last century.

  • Brigade Road

A view of Brigade Road, when you are coming down from South Parade (now MG Road) on the left hand side. The left hand side building is still standing, and housed the Ashok Electricals, the Post Office, now it is the LEE and Luis Phillips showroom. The Post Office is no longer there and the building still supports the British Coat of Arms found on Government buildings. It is now one of the busiest roads in Bangalore.

  • The New Opera on Brigade Road:

New Opera is still looking like the above photograph, except that it is not being used, and encroached by small shops that sell clothes and computer software and hardware, and even have Internet browsing facilities in the back nooks and corners.

  • MG road
mg road 1930

Located close to the center of the city, MG road, also known as South Parade in pre-independence era, is one of the busiest roads in the Bangalore. With an endless line of retail stores, office complexes and food outlets. What was once a calm roadway with trees on either side, MG road today has almost lost all of its greenery with the trees being replaced by buildings and parking lots.

  • Russel Market:

With only a hand few in the early 1900’s, Bangalore currently houses a staggering number of Malls and Market places. Everything from shopping to entertainment needs, city malls have taken over.

  • Vrishabhavathi River:

The Vrishabhavathi River in 1965 was a full-fledged flowing river and was used as a source of drinking water. It is now a heavily polluted water body completely contaminated.
Bangalore, the most visited destination in South India is still a city to reckon with in terms of growth, infrastructure, education and quality of life.


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