Bengaluru: Malleswaram residents not keen on highrises

July 10, 2022

Bengaluru: Malleswaram residents not keen on highrisesBENGALURU: Even as highrises are mushrooming across the city, Malleswaram residents prefer to hold on to their traditional homes.

Students of BMS College of Architecture found this interesting trend — among various other findings related to transportation, accessibility and more — as part of their final-semester project, where they studied the history, governance, transformation, culture and demography of the locality.

In their project, which spanned 8-10 weeks, the students found that most of the residential apartments are only two- or three-storeyed. The homes around Kadu Malleswara temple mostly hold on to their traditional nature. The apartments rising higher are in the northern parts of the locality (near Indian Institute of Science) or towards the other end, off Mantri Mall.

The students showcased their findings as part of an exhibition — Malleswaram Parichay — at HVN Heritage Bungalow on Saturday.

Spandana CM, one of the 40 eighth-semester students who worked on the project, explained most residents of the locality kept their traditional homes intact. “If there are any multi-storeyed buildings, they are either fully commercial structures or a mix of residential and commercial ones,” said Spandana, referring to some buildings on Margosa Road and Sampige Road. She added most homes that are 50-100 years old are intact.

Mamatha P Raj, director of the college, told STOI even the newer structures in the locality have preserved the essence of Malleswaram.
Bengaluru: Malleswaram residents not keen on highrisesYashasvini Sharma, founder-architect of Esthetique Architects and visiting faculty at the college, said the 1895 layout of the locality endures. “There are more local people here than immigrants and they have a deep sense of ownership over their homes and lands,” said Sharma, adding that even food joints in the area, famous for their South Indian specialties, have stayed true to their roots.

Sindhu S, assistant professor at the college, said traditional homes have been maintained as the demography of the locality also shows the presence of a lot of elders.

Sriram Aravamudan, a business strategist who also conducts local history walks in Malleswaram, said residents’ pride in their history and culture is a reason why highrises are still not popular. “For instance, a temple was excavated opposite Kadu Malleshwara temple in 1997 after locals intervened and convinced the owner of the land to excavate it, instead of handing it over to real estate developers. The intervention brought to life the gorgeous Sri Dakshinamukha Nandi Teertha temple. It has a Nandi with a natural spring spouting out of its mouth, which falls on a Shivalinga and into a pond below,” he said, adding the site excavation was then taken over by Archeological Survey of India.

Aravamudan said another practical reason behind the preservation of traditional homes in the area might be the small plot sizes.

“The initial plot allocations were quite small in the locality, planned mostly for mid-level income communities under the aegis of the erstwhile Mysuru kingdom. Large tracts of land that can accommodate gated communities or highrises are just not available here,” he said.

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