Life in Amruthahalli: Well-connected and pollution-free but traffic snarls on the rise

Sandeep Shivarao, a client success director at marketing agency FableSquare and a resident of Amruthahalli, Bengaluru, shares his perspective on living in a pollution-free area and its transformation over a decade

Amruthahalli, in Bengaluru, has all the amenities for residents to lead a comfortable life, says Sandeep Shivarao, a client success director at marketing agency FableSquare. Shivarao’s house, in this north Bengaluru area, is two kilometres from the Hebbal Flyover and on the way to the international airport. “I have been living in this area for the last decade and I am very happy with my decision to move to Amruthahalli. While searching for a house, I considered factors such as access to good schools, shops, medical care and above all, less air and noise pollution. So, Amruthahalli ticked all the boxes and was also affordable,” says Shivarao.

 

Amruthahalli: Then and now

Shivarao recalls that years ago, when they were looking for a place, there was only a single-lane road towards the Kempegowda International Airport (KIAL), which was then known as the Bengaluru International Airport. “Back then, on the international airport road, there was a departmental store called ‘Big Market’, which served as a landmark for people visiting our place. This store is still doing well. There were very few shops, even on the main roads. One good food outlet was ‘Sanjay Dhaba’, which is still operational and still carries an old-world charm, despite being surrounded by many taller buildings. A six-lane road was built, connecting Hebbal to the international airport and then, later, the flyover was built, to provide signal-free access to travellers. This has improved access to our area, as people now take the flyover to reach the airport,” Shivarao says.

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Infrastructure and amenities in Amruthahalli

Amruthahalli has good civic facilities, including healthcare and educational institutions.

“We are spoilt for choice, when it comes to schools, as there are many good schools near our area, such as Presidency Public School, Sindhi High School and Jain Heritage School, to name a few. We have many mid to big hospitals within a couple of kilometres, such as Columbia Asia Hospital, Prolife Multi-speciality Hospital, Aster CMI and Motherhood Hospital. This is useful for residents, especially senior citizens, as they have access to emergency medical care. Several departmental stores have come up on the main road and smaller shops on the interior roads, for the convenience of residents of our area. Bigger brands such as Reliance Fresh, More and lesser-known shops such as Shobha Hyper Mart provide the grocery items, vegetables and fruits needed for the residents, along with home delivery option,” Shivarao elaborates.

 

Property rates in Amruthahalli

Property rates in the area have risen rapidly, he adds. “Flats were sold at Rs 1,900 to Rs 2,500 per sq ft a decade ago. Presently, prices are in the range of Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000 per sq ft. Many residential projects have come up in the area, from lesser known builders to well-known ones such as Hoysala and Sobha. This offers a good range of choice to potential home buyers,” Shivarao points out. The biggest pull for people to consider living in Amruthahalli is the presence of tech parks such as Manyata Tech Park and the newly-built Ecopolis, etc.

“Many tech parks, SEZs (special economic zones) and several commercial establishments are also coming up in north Bengaluru towards KIAL and beyond. So, a large number of the working class will look for housing in this area, thus, boosting the investment potential of Amruthahalli. The travel time to the airport is barely 25 minutes from Amruthahalli, which is an added advantage for frequent travellers. It is close to the international airport road and yet, far enough, to provide a pollution-free life. The only drawback, is the inconvenience due to traffic congestion on the Hebbal Flyover, for the people travelling towards the CBD and the city for work. This has become a bottleneck and needs to be sorted out soon,” Shivarao concludes.

 

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