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Outer Ring Road, Puttenahalli
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Uninfluenced by its neighboring town Bangalore's growth to a metropolitan city, Puttanahalli remained as a rural area until the 1970s. But because of the increasing expansion of Bangalore, the place has urbanized significantly with many housing projects. Many shopping complexes like Big Bazaar, super market, big market, spencor, reliance, Nilgiri have also been built. There are restaurants, many fresh vegetable shops, almost all bank ATM counters, schools,small temples, parks, large play ground. Public transportation is not so good (Less Frequent), better to have your own vehicle.
Puttanahalli will not be directly benefited by the phase 1 plan of the upcoming Bangalore Metro rail.
Puttanahalli is located about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of Bangalore city center. Puttanahalli has 2 major lakes, one of which is Puttenahalli Lake (located to the south of the place). Both the lakes now are severely under the threat of encroachment and disposal of wastes of all kinds. The Sarakki Lake which has an official expanse of 84 Acres is amongst the larger lakes in Bangalore. The massive encroachment of this lake and the inaction by concerned authorities promoted the People's Campaign for Right to Water to take up the issue in Court. After a long hearing, the High Court of Karnataka passed a judgment in August 2014 holding the authorities responsible for the encroachment and ordered for all the 133 encroachments to be removed. The removal of encroachments is yet to happen.
The Puttenahalli in South Bangalore which is part of JP Nagar phases 6 and 7 is often confused with Puttanahalli in North Bangalore which is next to Yelahanka Town on the way to Kempegowda International Airport.
In Puttanahalli, a small area in the middle still has a traditional rural population who follow its agricultural traditions. This place is generally referred by local people as Puttanahalli Village.
The estimated population of Puttanahalli Village is around 230. Majority of the population belongs to the Hindu religion. Their faith plays a significant role in the structure of their society and its influences can seen in its homes. Some houses are painted in bright blue color and has got illustrations and murals of gods. There is also a temple in the village.
Around 30% of the families in this settlement live in poverty. Considering their economic status, electricity is subsidized for them. Water is made available to the houses through pipelines.
The economic and non-economic activities people engage in include home making, cattle rearing, pottery, book making, construction workers, auto driving, working on construction sites, doing minor businesses etc. Every child in this village is sent to school.
When Bangalore expanded into Puttanahalli, Puttanahalli Village adapted to the changing environment an entirely different way. They continued agriculture and cattle rearing, and of the two cattle rearing is still a profession here today. It got its own vernacular architecture and minor traditions in relatively short period of time.
It has remained a predominantly poor community because of its low economic status and poor public infrastructure, but they have been receiving aid from the government for house construction and development of public amenities. Due to the aid received from the government for making houses, the villagers could finally settle down in permanent houses and thus the area became a permanent settlement. But since people of this area could no longer engage in agricultural activities due increasing land prices, many opted for jobs in the town.
Waste & drainage threat
The government recently reacted to the urgent call for the development of Puttanahalli's drainage by announcing an expenditure of 2 cores on the improvement of drainages. The condition of two important lakes of Puttanhalli is on a dismal state. Wastes of organic and inorganic kinds are being thrown into these lakes, encouraging mosquitoes to breed.