1. Bangalore’s Whitefield: From a settler’s haven to being one of key technology hubs in Asia

Bangalore’s Whitefield: From a settler’s haven to being one of key technology hubs in Asia

Bangalore's Whitefield: It was during the late 1880s when the neighbourhood of Whitefield in Bangalore witnessed a shift from being known as a settler’s haven due to its scenic beauty to being one of the key technology hubs in Asia.

By: | New Delhi | Published: January 13, 2018 12:02 PM
Bangalore, Whitefield, technology hubs, technology hubs in Asia, real estate, real estate destination, IT professionals, Old Madras Road, Greater Bengaluru, Bengaluru Bangalore’s Whitefield: The city has evolved over the last 200 years and is now one of the most preferred residential real estate destination in the country. (Photo for representation by IE)

Bangalore’s Whitefield: It was during the late 1880s when the neighbourhood of Whitefield in Bangalore witnessed a shift from being known as a settler’s haven due to its scenic beauty to being one of the key technology hubs in Asia. Not just this was the time when this part of city started being known as the sought-after real estate destination of Bangalore. The city has evolved over the last 200 years and is now one of the most preferred residential real estate destination in the country. This neighbourhood falls in the eastern periphery of the Greater Bengaluru region. While the city’s evolution dates 200 years back, the shoot in its real estate sector started only in the early 2000s. According to an Indian Express report, this was the time when the IT-ITeS sector began to boom.

It was during the early 2000s when the Export Promotion Industrial Park (EPIP) and the International Technology Park of Bengaluru (ITPB) were established in the city which helped shape Whitefield into a buzzing suburb. Currently, more than 4 lakh techies work in various multi-national companies located here. The demand for housing in the Whitefield region is primarily driven by the IT professionals working in nearby office complexes. It is because of the IT-ITeS sector boom in Bangalore, that the real estate sector has grown in the region. Whitefield’s residential real estate growth has also benefitted from the saturation of core areas of the city, significant rise in IT-ITeS and retail spaces in and around the locality, availability of land parcels for large-scale developments and the presence of excellent physical infrastructure, according to IE.

The region is also popular because of its strategical location. It is close to the Old Madras Road (National Highway 4) and is well connected by road, rail and air. Whitefield has easy access to the rest of Bengaluru through the Whitefield main road, further linking to Old Airport Road and Varthur road. Unsurpassed connectivity to the Outer Ring Road at Marathahalli is an added advantage. The nearest railway station is Hoodi at a distance of 3.5 km and Whitefield at a distance of 5 km. Whitefield has excellent connectivity to Kempegowda International Airport (at a distance of 49 km) via SH 104.

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  1. Sanjeeb Ray
    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:06 am
    pathetic... pls write the article again by seeing the current situation , entering inside Whitefield area during office hours and coming out of Whitefield area is a pathetic one.... please do write for both pros and cons of the Whitefield... yes we had seen a greeny Whitefield but just bcoz of our blindness we have turned into an urban jungle and making the surrounding suburbs into a hyped concrete jungle... requesting to have a personal visit once.
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      Aditya
      Jan 14, 2018 at 6:31 pm
      Wow. Have not seen a good article like this ever. Sarcastic way .. !!! Airport is 49kms and still an excellent connectivity. Slow-claps. It has become most busiest area of the city just because it was not planned properly. All the greenaries are going away due to all the politics. Politicians Wake up, what you will do with ur money when there will be no world to live in and spend it. Do somethng for ur society and world.
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        Aditya
        Jan 14, 2018 at 6:27 pm
        Wow. Have not seen a good article like this ever. Sarcastic way .. !!! Airport is 49kms and still an excellent connectivity. Slow-claps. It has become most busiest area of the city just because it was not planned properly. All the greenaries are going away due to all the politics. Politicians Wake up, what you will do with ur money when there will be no world to live in. Do somethng for ur society and world.
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        1. Vivek s
          Jan 14, 2018 at 1:31 pm
          10 year old kid comes up with a better article than this.
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            Srinivasan Sharma
            Jan 14, 2018 at 11:01 am
            Pathetic to understand the silicon concept and transformation of paddy fields and farm lands to concrete jungle being land raped by realty companies like prestige, nitesh, mantri, phoenix malls a threat to eco systems. Govt must stop further rapes of farm lands and devastating the eco of Garden City. Save Bengaluru
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            1. Ram
              Jan 14, 2018 at 5:57 am
              While this is a rosy picture painted by the writer the reality on the ground is very different. The area of Whitefield (starting from Marathahalli-Brookfield-Hoodi-Whitefield) is ridden with problems from pot holed roads to no roads at all in some places. The public transport connectivity and pavements for pedestrians are lacking. Rampant overcharging by autos (only as one crosses past the Marathahalli point). Rising crime rate the lust goes on. All of this because the larger population is a floating one with many people coming from outside Karnataka and are not registered voters. The politician care two hoots as these people are not their vote banks. Moreover many are Ruch enough to be unaffected by what I have just mentioned as they live cocooned lives in large gated communities stepping out for work at the most. The ones who really suffer are the middle class and poorer people who need to deal with this nightmare on a daily basis.
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                Silva
                Jan 13, 2018 at 11:21 pm
                It may have lot of IT companies but has a badly planned infrastructure. No footpath pedestrian cannot walk. Inside the complexes are congested. Half of the footpaths are encroached.Bad behaviour of the so called techies. Non of the hotels have a parking place. Who planned these which takes almost one hour or more to come out of the places. May have some buildings but poorly planned.Nobody thinks who should walk
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