Using signboards and wall art, Citizen Matters photo-documents change in Yeshwantpur, one of Bangalore's emerging hubs.
The sprawling Indian Institute of Science right at the centre, a dozen-odd industries, swanky malls, residential layouts, commercial establishments, a bustling vegetable market, high rise hotels, all this and more make Yeshwanthpur a town by itself, interspersing an old world charm with the new. Situated in the northern outskirts of Bangalore, Yeshwanthpur has a number of educational institutions, theatres, hospitals and other amenities. This once half sleepy village has now transformed into a well-planned township as a result of the rapid development of public sector units.
Slide show (all photographs by M S Gopal)
Wall Art outside Yeshwantpur Junction. Yeshwantpur to Bangalore’s north-west is the gateway to most parts of Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Train arrivals and departures. With many long distance trains terminating at Yeshwantpur Junction, Yeshwantpur is set to become the new Majestic.
Signboard outside a lodge. Lodges for travellers who arrive at Yeshwantpur are mushrooming all over the old market areas.
Signboard outside a new hotel. Hoteliers are also lapping up space to set up hotels like this one in the old market.
Signboard in the market. However, the popular Yeshwantpur market continues to thrive as before.
Signboard: Choose your tongue. A sampling of the languages you will hear being spoken in the market.
AIDS awareness message outside the railway station. These are aimed at the floating population
that Yeshwantpur draws in daily.
One more AIDS awareness message
Highway construction signboard. NH4 or Tumkur Road that passes through Yeshwantpur is getting extra lanes to handle the growing traffic.
Welcome arch at Yeshwantpur APMC Yard. Situated next to the highway, APMC keeps Bangalore stocked with agricultural supplies from all over Karnataka.
Metro. Not too far from the APMC, the signboard atop the modern competition for the APMC yard.
The name board for a small business. Yeshwantpur has a large Industrial area, where small and medium scale industries provide
employment to thousands.
The name board of a garment factory. Yeshwantpur‘s biggest employers are garment
factories that also empower thousands of women.
Signboard for a new housing project. Parts of Yeshwantpur are going upmarket like this tall, new development on Tumkur Road. A sign of things to come?
The area is thickly populated and fast becoming congested, thanks to the outlying railway station which recently received a face lift. The station, which separates the quiescent residential colonies from the clammed up industries, serves as the only stop for several trains arriving in Bangalore. Yeshwanthpur is also part of the first phase of the Namma Metro project making accessibility and transport all the more convenient for residents and businessmen in the area. Roads like C V Raman road, BEL road, Tumkur road connect it to other parts of the city.
Options for recreation are quite a few in the area. The Mattikere water reservoir serves as a perfect place for a relaxing walk. The famous ISKCON temple is located close to the area.⊕