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tgblog May 31 2014

Electronic City

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Electronic City, a well known name with both the tech savvy and the layman, has become a huge Information Technology and Industrial area. With the birth of IT in Bangalore, there was a need to have an area dedicated extensively for the sole purpose to making Bangalore a Silicon Valley of India.

There are many IT and ITES companies spread widely across its vast area of 332 acres. This area is divided into Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III. The conceptualization of an IT Hub in Anekal taluk was formulated by R.K. Baliga, the first chairman and managing director of Keonics, Karnataka Electronics. Currently, the management of Electronic City comes under Electronic City Industries Association (ELCIA) which looks after the overall maintenance of Electronic City, they also have a fully armed mobile security unit that prowls the locality round-the-clock.

The flyover connecting Electronics City

The flyover connecting Electronics City (Photo courtesy: Sankalp India Foundation)

The 9 km-long elevated tollway, stretching from Bomanahalli to Electronic City, has been a boon for the IT professionals taking this route. Earlier, the constant traffic snarls along Hosur Road from Silk Board Junction to Electronic City were delaying these professionals from reaching their offices on time. Now, one can travel from Silk Board Junction to Electronic City within 15 minutes. There are BMTC buses starting from Silk Board Junction that travel on the elevated tollway. Many people opt for these buses (though it might be a little costlier than the normal bus tickets), as they go faster than the other BMTC buses that travel on the highway.

There was a need to provide reasonable houses and accommodation for people around this area, hence there was a sudden rise of townships, gated communities, apartments, schools, colleges, provision stores, entertainment places to cater to the needs of the residents in this area, as Electronic City is located far from the heart of the city. Some of the important city centres like MG Road (19 km), BTM Layout (13 km), HSR Layout (11.3 km), Koramangala (14.4 km), JP Nagar (16.2 km), Shivajinagar Bus Stand (20 km), Majestic Bus Stand (22 km), and Hosur (26 km) are well connected to this area. Bangalore International Airport (60 km) and Bangalore Railway Station is (24 km) from Electronic City. There are regular buses for these locations.

Some of the nearby hospitals include Ramakrishna Healthcare & Trauma Centre (4.4 km), the Apollo Clinic (3 km), and Live 100 Hospital in Singasandra area (7 km) from Electronic City. There are many bus stops strategically located within the radius of Electronic City. The last bus stop is at Wipro Technologies which also is the starting and ending stop for all buses to Electronic City. There is an auto stand near Lords Plaza from where people can travel to other parts of the town.

There are many food joints throughout the vicinity offering scrumptious delicacies. People visit these places for birthday treats and team lunches. Some of the restaurants are New Punjabi Food Corner, Beijing Bites, Andhra House, Chung Wah, Golden Fork, Pallavi Grand, Pizza Hut, Dominos Pizza, and Hyderabadi Spice.

If you are planning a trip, you can book bus tickets online through ticketgoose.com, an online bus ticket booking website. There are many boarding points for various bus travel operators along Hosur Road. Many people board their Bangalore to Chennai bus and other buses from these points as they are closer to their companies. KPN Travels and Parveen Travels are two such private bus operators that operate on this route.

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