Girinagar

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Girinagar
Neighbourhood
Girinagar is located in Bengaluru
Girinagar
Girinagar
Coordinates: 12°56′32″N 77°32′44″E / 12.9421°N 77.5456°E / 12.9421; 77.5456Coordinates: 12°56′32″N 77°32′44″E / 12.9421°N 77.5456°E / 12.9421; 77.5456
Country India
State Karnataka
District Bangalore Urban
Metro Bangalore
Zone Bangalore South
Ward 158, 162
Elevation 865 m (2,838 ft)
Languages
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 560026, 560085
Telephone code 91-80
Vehicle registration KA 41
Lok Sabha constituency Bangalore South
Vidhan Sabha constituency Basavanagudi, Vijayanagar

Girinagar (formerly known as Writer's Colony) is a residential area in South West Bangalore, very close to Mysore Road. This medium sized locality is surrounded by Nayandahalli in the west, Byatarayanapura and Deepanjali Nagar in the north, Srinagar and Banashankari in the east and Hosakerehalli in the south.The old name of girinagar was 'gurugala nagara' which mean teacher's or noble's area

Etymology[edit]

Girinagar was named after the former President of India V.V. Giri and also because of the Hirannayya Gudda (Hill). Giri in Sanskrit means Hill.

Geography[edit]

Girinagar is at a lower altitude (865 m) compared to the rest of Bengalooru, which has an average elevation of 900 m. It is very hilly, with steep roads - being on the slope of a hill with a plateau on top. To the west of Girinagar is a hill, known as Hirannayya Gudda in Kannada. Girinagar lies in the Vrishabhavathi Valley region of Bengalooru.

Girinagar is divided into 4 phases, with the 2nd phase being the largest. It also subsumes areas such as T Block, Muneshwara Block, Nagendra Block, Avalahalli, Ganapathi Nagar and Chamundi Nagar.

Culture[edit]

Girinagar is one of the older, conservative areas of Bengalooru, with a predominantly Kannada speaking population. The population is also predominantly Hindu. This area is not very cosmopolitan and tradition is the order of the day. But nowadays the youngsters here have a blend of both modern as well as traditional values.

Being in Southwest Bengalooru, Girinagar is well connected to the Bengalooru Central Business District, but is very far away from the IT Corridor. However, with several major employers opening offices in South Bengalooru, and with a series of new malls and multiplexes coming up in its vicinity, Girinagar has maintained its desirability for the upwardly-mobile, family-oriented.

Institutions[edit]

Administration[edit]

Girinagar lies in the Bengalooru South parliamentary constituency. The incumbent Member of Parliament of Bengalooru South is Shri. Ananth Kumar (BJP).[1] Most of Girinagar lies in the Basavanagudi assembly constituency. The incumbent Member of Legislative assembly is Shri. Ravi Subramanya (BJP),[2] who resides in Girinagar. However the part of Girinagar north of 50 Feet Road viz. Avalahalli, 3rd Phase, Muneshwara Block and Ganapathi Nagar sublocalities lies in the Vijayanagar assembly constituency.[3] The current sitting Member of Legislative assembly is Shri. M. Krishnappa (INC).[4]

Girinagar is also a ward in the Bengalooru South zone of the BBMP (ward no. 162). It ranges from Nagendra Block in the east to Hosakerehalli Road in the west, from 50 Feet Road in the north to ORR in the south.[5] and spans 1.77 km2.[6] The ward has been reserved for women[5] and the current corporator is Smt. H.S. Lalitha (BJP).[5] However the northernmost part of Girinagar (north of 50 Feet road) lies in the Deepanjali Nagar ward (ward no. 158), also in the Bengalooru South Zone[7] and spans 2.09 km2.[8] This ward is also reserved for women and the current corporator is Smt. Malathi (BJP).[7]

Transportation[edit]

Girinagar is one of the better known areas of Bengalooru and most modes of transport in Bengalooru will get you in and out of Girinagar, including public buses, autorickshaws and taxicabs.

The main roads of Girinagar are a) 50 Feet Road (connecting the ORR to Basavanagudi), b) 80 Feet Road (connecting Hosakerehalli Road to Nagendra Block), c) Nehru Road (connecting 50 Feet Road to Girinagar 2nd phase) and d) Hosakerehalli Road (connecting Mysore Road to the ORR). Arterial roads like Mysore Road and the ORR are just 1 km from Girinagar.

Girinagar is well connected by BMTC buses from Majestic and Shivajinagar. The buses are not very frequent but regular. The routes from Majestic are 10 (Marcopolo AC route), 36A, 36B, 36E and 36G which can be boarded from platform 10 in Majestic. The routes from Shivajinagar are 37E and 37F, which can be boarded from platform 10 in Shivajinagar.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Detailed Profile - Shri Ananth Kumar - Members of Parliament (Lok Sabha) - Who's Who - Government: National Portal of India. India.gov.in. Retrieved on 28 September 2011.
  2. ^ Karnataka MLA’s. BJP Karnataka. Retrieved on 28 September 2011.
  3. ^ "It looks like a straight fight here". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2 May 2008. 
  4. ^ M Krishnappa MLA Vijayanagar Constituency. Mkrishnappa.com. Retrieved on 28 September 2011.
  5. ^ a b c BBMP Elections - Ward information for Girinagar ward. Bbmpelections.in. Retrieved on 28 September 2011.
  6. ^ "BBMP Councillors". Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  7. ^ a b BBMP Elections - Ward information for Deepanjali Nagar ward. Bbmpelections.in. Retrieved on 28 September 2011.
  8. ^ "BBMP Councillors". Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike. Retrieved 23 July 2011.