Electronic city flyover (E-city flyover)

Electronic city flyover will be shut down from January 14th 2019.  The 9.5 km long elevated expressway runs from  silk-board junction to Electronic city.

Electronic City Flyover

The E-city flyover starts from Bommanahalli after the Central Silk Board flyover and goes on up to Electronic City.  It goes above the BMIC flyover on Hosur Road, at a height of 17 meters (56 ft), thus making it Bengaluru’s tallest flyover

Elevated express way or Electronic city flyover

Hosur Road Elevated Expressway also known as Bangalore Elevated Toll-way or Electronic City Flyover is a 9.985 kilometers (6.204 mi) long elevated highway.   This runs from Madiwala to Electronic City.  

The project is a part of the BETL (Bangalore Elevated Tollways Ltd), project as part of the National highway Development Project and the Elevated Highways Project. It was initiated in early 2006, and was inaugurated on 22 January 2010.

Electronic city flyover – vehicles banned

Heavy vehicles including BMTC, KSRTC and TNSTC( Tamil Nadu State Transport) are banned from using electronic city flyover on Hosur road.  This is due to the ongoing Maintenance work. 

Regular commuters includes mostly techies headed to office at Electronic city.  Since maintenance work, the vehicles movement at Electronic city flyover is at a snail’s pace. 

Maintenance work at Electronic city flyover

The maintenance work had started in December last year on one side of the carriage way of electronic city flyover.  This was from silk board junction to electronic city. Heavy traffic restrictions are imposed by BETPL to facilitate maintenance of expansion joints along the flyover. 

The work which started on 17th December 2018 on one stretch of the road is completed.  The work on flyover from silk board junction to electronic city   is ready.  This work is been done in 27 days instead of 35 days as stated by the authorities.

Vehicles being diverted at flyover

Maintenance work on the other stretch of road

The same maintenance work will start on the other side of the road of the high way from January 14.  As per BETPL, about 70,000 to 75,000 vehicles use the electronic city flyover everyday.  The maintenance work will take around a month to get completed.

Vehicles banned using Electronic city flyover

The road regularly sees heavy traffic.  The closure of electronic city flyover is going to cause a great deal of problem to commuters.  Those travelling from Bengaluru to Electronic city to reach office will be most affected.

Electronic city flyover – public opinion

The commuters of electronic city flyover has suggested to take up the repair of the flyover during the weekends, when the traffic movement will be less.

Infosys Foundation revives heritage Vasantha Vallabharaya swamy Kalyani in Bengaluru

Infosys Foundation revives heritage Vasantha Vallabharaya swamy Kalyani in Bengaluru

With more and more lakes and other water bodies in Bengaluru going dry, the temple tanks are shrinking. Once known among the five thirthas of Vasanthapura, the kalyani or the temple tank of Sri Vasantha Valabharaya swami temple in Vasanthapura is only among the surviving two tanks in this area.

However, this ancient temple is considered to be erected during the Chola dynasty, the ancient temple history also carries the story of Rishi Mandavya’s finding of a Svayambhu image of Vallabharaya at the site where the shrine presently sits.

The kalyani (tank) located on the premises of the Chola-era Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple in South Bengaluru has been revived by the Infosys Foundation. The non- profit organisation handed  over the heritage structure to the Muzrai Department in the presence of Chief Minister H..D.  Kumaraswamy on September 24.  The kalyani, which was facing the threat of being reduced to half its size by land-grabbers, has been restored to its original form.  The foundation has spent Rs.8.5 crores for the restoration of the tank.

According to Mrs. Sudha Murthy, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, the temple tanks have historically been important sources of water in Bengaluru.  They store water and also replenish ground water.  Taking inspiration from the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple tank, the steps have been rebuilt in this kalyani.  The kalyani has been cleaned of the debris in and around and the foundation is planning to plant neem trees on the premises.

 

Vasantha Vallabharaya Swamy temple@ Vasanthapura-South Bengaluru

Vasantha Vallabharaya Swamy temple@ Vasanthapura-South Bengaluru

This is one of the largest  localities in Karnataka. This locality is known for the Industrial area and Bannerghatta forest.  With the rising population, the high-rise apartments and small villages were merged.  This constituency has 8 wards.  The Temple Vasantha Vallabha Raya Temple falls under Vasanthapura ward.

Vasantha Vallabha Raya Temple-Vasanthapura:

Vasantha Vallabha Raya Temple is one of the ancient temples located on a small hillock in Vasanthapura in Bengaluru South. This temple is 1,000 years old and was built by the Cholas. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vasantha Vallabha Raya Swamy (Lord Venkateshwara). The history of this temple is linked with the legend of Lord Venkateshwara at Tirumala, Tirupati. It is believed that Lord Venkateshwara stayed at this place for some time.

As per sthalapurana, Bengaluru in the old times was called kalyanpuri, and the residential community vasanthapura where the vasantha vallabha raya altar, “committed to Vishnu” is found, was a site amidst a wilderness where blessed sages reflected.

Searches related to the legend  connected with the sanctuary is that the pratisthapana was  by the sage Mandavya. Once, the sage Mandavya, who was in Badarikashrama in the Himalayas, chose to visit the sacred spots in South India, and set off toward Melkote. After a darshan of Cheluvanarayana, on his arrival venture, while contemplating, Vallabharayaswamy appeared to him in a fantasy, and let him know that he was dwelling in Kalyanapuri (now Vasantapura) in Bengaluru.  Mandavya as needs be went to Kalyanapura, and found a captivating idol of Vallabha. Having set up it as indicated by rituals.  While was living at  Guptagiri close-by,  Srinivasa Kalyana occurred on earth. Knowing about it simply after it had happened, Mandavya was exceptionally discouraged at having missed seeing it with his own particular eyes. God, understanding his profundity of feeling, appeared to Mandavya alongside his wifes Bhudevi, Neela Devi, and Vasantanayaki. Having come there, pleased by the magnificence of the spot, the divine beings showered in five lakes close-by, which thus turned out to be sacred and came to be known as Shankhatirtha, Chakratirtha, Plavatirtha, Devatirtha, and Vasantatirtha.   During 2010 the temple authorities made a new silver ratha (chariot), for being used to carry utsava murthi in procession on festive occasions.

While going round the temple the walls are fitted with stones carved with figures of elephants attractively. The shining metallic emblem of Mysore kings (Eagle, with two heads Gandaberunda) and statue of sage Mandavya are worth viewing.

In front of the Vasantha Vallabha Raya Temple, Vasanthapura there is a small temple dedicated to Lord Rama and Hanuman.  The two inclinely laid elephants attached on both sides of stair have tempting features for children to mount them.

The surrounding space of the temple continues to be beautiful.  The flower mendicants are found along the passage offering flowers for performing pooja.   A beautiful piece of history, heritage, as well as the Hindu religious tradition can be seen at Vasantha Vallabha Temple at Vasanthapura.