The Wi-fi town is maturing fast
angalore is the metaphoric Neo from the Matrix trilogy. It must choose between the blue pill (signifying blissful ignorance) and red pill (accepting the painful reality), for this will determine the how the city will look in 2017.
In the idiom of India’s liberalisation boom, Bangalore was the ‘blue-eyed’ town that would mature into a Shanghai or Singapore. Today, the city has been left ‘redeyed’ as delusions of grandeur have made way to listlessness. Today, the city’s new idioms are land (a pressing problem since the city is running out of it), the Metro (an elusive promise of a hassle-free train ride in the city), and the nouveau riche reaping benefits of the new economy. The Bangalore of tomorrow will be determined how three crucial aspects — infrastructure, transport and lifestyle — are addressed. Satellite town: Local chieftain Kempegowda, who lorded over Yelahanka and its surrounding areas (what constitutes Bangalore North now), laid the foundation stone of Bangalore. Now, Yelahanka and Devanahalli are prime real estate destinations after the inauguration of the international airport in Devanahalli. The bottom-line is there is no space left in the central business districts. Industrial houses are already eyeing prime property in Devanahalli, thus paving a way for a new satellite town that can ease the pressure off Bangalore.
The foundation of today’s IT City was set up soon after Independence. Experts agree that job profiles will diversify in the future, with the onus on entrepreneurship. The IT services will continue to take a large share of the money pie. Train of the future: If the Metro rail materialises, commuting from one end of the city to another will take “no longer than 32 minutes,” reckons brand expert Harish Bijoor. Under phase 1 of the project, 42.3 km of track is under construction and another 51 km is planned in the second phase. Partypooper: With an estimated population of 5.8 million in 2001, Bangalore is the third most populous city in India. But the party-pooper is the 11.30 pm deadline for pubs and bars. The discotheque of the future will be a “no-noise” affair, says Bijoor. “Wear a WiFi headphone and dance the night away. No noise anywhere, except in your ears. Imagine strobe lights, lasers and a silent party in full swing! The cops are happy. The dancers are happy. Bangalore has found its own creative solution to the party-angst at large,” adds Bijoor.