Tuesday, April 6, 2021

#AtoZChallenge: Electronics City

(This month, each day, except the four Sundays, I will be blogging about interesting features associated with Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, as part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge)

This is a vast campus of around 900 acres or 3.6 sq km or 1.4 sq miles, around 30 km south of Bengaluru's city centre. 

With offices of around 200 companies, it is one of the largest electronics industrial parks in India. 

During the tech boom of the late 1990s, this enclave came to be known as the global capital of outsourcing and triggered both an educational as well as employment boom.

The area has had phenomenal growth with many multistoried apartment complexes and some top-class management institutions coming up.

Unlike many localities of Bengaluru city, this is a modern township, comprising what were two villages, and has nothing very historical to write home about.  

WHERE IT ALL STARTED

The origins can be traced back to a visionary engineer, Rama Krishna Baliga (1929-1988). In the mid-1970s, he visualised the potential of electronics in the future and had a dream of making Bengaluru the Silicon Valley of India.

In 1978, the first step was taken, with the establishment of the Electronics City on 332 acres of land spread over two villages of Konappana Agrahara and Doddathogur, by Keonics (Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation) of which Baliga was the first Chairman and Managing Director.

One of the buildings of IT bellwether Infosys
commonly referred to as the Infosys pyramid.
Photo credit: Ashwin Kumar/Wikimedia

POST-1991 BOOM

The famed economic liberalisation of 1991 spearheaded by the minority government of Narasimha Rao and his economist-finance minister Manmohan Singh (who later became a 2-term prime minister himself) catapulted Electronics City to the orbit Baliga dreamt of, with a quantum jump in the number of global IT companies setting up their offices here. 

In 1997, Keonics handed over the management of the E City to the Electronics City Industries Association. In 2013, the government officially designated the areas as the Electronics City Industrial Township Area.

HELITAXI

The hub became the first destination in the country to be connected by a regular helitaxi service. In 2018, Kerala-based Thumby Aviation launched a service that flies passengers across 54 km or 33.5 miles in 15 minutes. By road, normally this distance will take at least two hours. I am not sure if the service still exists.

(Tomorrow, it's about a drink that's very common in Bengaluru)

REFERENCES

Electronics City Industries Association

Electronic City Bangalore Regional Portal

Wikipedia

Bengaluru’s first helitaxi service takes off - The Hindu








16 comments:

  1. Bangalore is the silicon valley of India. Looks like every company in the world has an office in Bangalore. This is one of the best contribution by Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh.

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  2. It may be recent, but that just means it'll be historical in the future.

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  3. Hari OM
    ...and technically, the couple of minutes it took to read this have now become history... &*> Seriously though, there is lovely architecture here, but one does wonder how it will hold up compared to some of the very ancient stuff that's around... YAM xx

    (am hitting publish but getting 'preview comment' and request to state am not a robot... this may just be a glitch, but just so you know. If others get this they may just skip...)

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    1. Hi Yamini - There is always the debate between keeping up the traditions and changing with the times.

      Regarding comment glitch, Blogger sometimes acts crazy. I don't know if I can do something about it. Hope readers won't skip.

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  4. Thanks for mentioning about Mr. R.K.Baliga, a visionary whose initial work brought about the mega city, no doubt aided by liberalisation and boom in IT related work.
    Baliga nagar would have been a fitting tribute to him.

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  5. Wow! A helipad for an Electronics Center? I think Baliga's vision must have paid off in spades!
    btw, I used your "Empathy" prompt for my E post. Thanks for inspiring me!
    Doesn't Speak Klingon

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    1. Hi Red - Yes, he was a visionary, and was able to propel the city's growth and bring about lots of employment for the youth.

      Thanks for using my prompt. :-)

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  6. Helitaxis are new to me. Wow!
    Looking forward to the 'drink' post tomorrow:)

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  7. Helitaxi is such a cool idea! Would save so much time otherwise wasted in traffic. But it sure must have been expensive too.
    Looking forward to tomorrow's post. :)

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    1. Hi Srivalli - Yes, the helitaxi service is expensive. But generally, a number of customers to the IT hub will be able to afford it. And they gain valuable time too.

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  8. Hi Pradeep - I agree Baliga's vision is just brilliant and that it's still of huge value to Bangalore and thus India. The Helitaxi idea sounds so sensible ... I hope it survives and expands. Excellent 'E' ... cheers Hilary

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  9. Love the idea of Helitaxi, sounds fun! Pretty pyramid.
    Tomorrow is about a drink? Will it be Frozen? Ok, don't say anything, I will come and read ;))

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