Much before the central business district took shape in the city, Chickpet was Bangalore’s definitive commercial hub. And despite the mall and-multiplex fancy, it continues to be a much-frequented shopping destination, offering plenty of options in everything from Kanjeevarams to glassware.
The bustling centre of the constituency the core market area has a rich history that has recorded supply of silk to members of royal families. Complete with pavement traders and teeming traffic, Chickpet redefines rush hour business. Though the saree stalls are what Chickpet is constantly tagged with, the locality also offers a good range in other purchases including steel and brass vessels.
Like with any bustling commercial hub, Chickpet has suffered infrastructural setbacks with civic amenities not keeping pace with the rising business. The traders of the area have time and again raised concerns over flawed civic planning but a positive difference is yet to surface. The absence of storm water drains has resulted in flooding of areas like Kempegowda Nagar and VV Puram.
The erstwhile Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) had proposed a revamp of old city areas including Chickpet, Cottonpet and Taragupet that have been hit by the rise in commercial activity. In tune with the trend across Bangalore, the administrative proposals haven’t been able to meet the demands on ground.
According to old residents in the area, unchecked construction of buildings in the business centre has been the bane of Chickpet. Old areas including Ashwathnagar have been left behind in the business rush. As more businessmen set shop in the locality, the residents are also dreading the possibilities of mass fire accidents in thickly populated areas. Better roads and streamlined drainage systems are other demands raised by the residents.
While the old residents of the commercial areas blame the rise in business and the subsequent increase in vehicular movement for the fall in infrastructure standards, the businessmen maintain that the issues are eating into their profits as well. Narrow roads and lack of adequate parking space is becoming a turn-off for the shoppers, hitting the revenues. And with more malls springing up in the neighbourhood, the signs are not quite positive.
The constituency while being home to business hubs like Gandhi Bazaar, Kalasipalyam and the ‘pete’s also has lung spaces including the Lalbagh and residential areas in parts of Jayanagar. The Chickpet constituency, in its new shape, comprises the seven Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) wards of Sudhamanagar, Hombegowdanagar, Dharmaraya swamy temple, VV Puram , Sunkenahalli, Siddapura and Jayanagar ward.
Kempegowda Nagar, Shankarapuram, V V Puram, Jayanagar 1st, 2nd and 3rd east blocks, Wilson Garden, Siddapura, Hombegowdanagar, Chinnayanpalya, Mavalli, Sudhamanagar, Kalasipalya and Nagarthpete, Gandhi bazaar.
NIMHANS, Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Gandhi Bazaar and Khaleel Building.
EARLIER: Absence of stormwater drains, traffic pile-ups during peak business hours, broken drains in busy market areas.
NOW: Boom in construction activities with no civic amenities to match, narrow roads, slums,flooding during rain, lack of parking space for shoppers in commercial areas.