From a sleepy neighbourhood to a bustling suburb

Using signboards and wall art, Citizen Matters photo-documents change in Yeshwantpur, one of Bangalore's emerging hubs.

The sprawling Indian Institute of Science right at the centre, a dozen-odd industries, swanky malls, residential layouts, commercial establishments, a bustling vegetable market, high rise hotels, all this and more make Yeshwanthpur a town by itself, interspersing an old world charm with the new. Situated in the northern outskirts of Bangalore, Yeshwanthpur has a number of educational institutions, theatres, hospitals and other amenities. This once half sleepy village has now transformed into a well-planned township as a result of the rapid development of public sector units.

Slide show (all photographs by M S Gopal)

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The area is thickly populated and fast becoming congested, thanks to the outlying railway station which recently received a face lift. The station, which separates the quiescent residential colonies from the clammed up industries, serves as the only stop for several trains arriving in Bangalore. Yeshwanthpur is also part of the first phase of the Namma Metro project making accessibility and transport all the more convenient for residents and businessmen in the area. Roads like C V Raman road, BEL road, Tumkur road connect it to other parts of the city.

Options for recreation are quite a few in the area. The Mattikere water reservoir serves as a perfect place for a relaxing walk. The famous ISKCON temple is located close to the area.


  1. Pushpa Achanta says:

    Thanks CitiMatt and Gopal for the interesting and informative shots!
    Keen to know how the garment factories are empowering women – financially or ?? Btw, do the workers feel exploited like in several other such places?

  2. Gopal M S says:

    Thanks Pushpa.
    The garment industry is one of the largest employers of women and yes, it empowers them financially and imparting them with skills . As for exploitation, I’m sorry. I do not know enough about that matter. There have been Kannada movies that have portrayed exploitation but I think that’s an exception rather than the rule.

  3. Poornima Dasharathi says:

    Excellent photos as usual Gopal. I liked particularly like the first one – Wall art.

  4. Gopal M S says:

    Thank you.

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