BENGALURU: The Karnataka government on Thursday evening made the final announcement on the demarcation of wards in Bengaluru, increasing the number of wards in the city from 198 to 243. BBMP received 3,833 objections to the announced draft last month. Earlier in the day, the BBMP chief commissioner said that they were looking into objections. Right in the night, the urban development department made the final announcement that surprised many people. It has come seven days after the last day of filing the objection. Sources said the UDD was quick to make the final announcement as CM Bommai was keen to conduct elections to the BBMP soon.
Of the 3,833 objections received by the urban development department (UDD) about the draft report delineating the wards of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), more than 2,000 concern only area names, suggesting that the random baptism of the wards did not go well with the Bengali.
The report proposes new names for more than 40 wards. While most are old wards renamed, some are brand new wards created from old wards. Some of the proposed new ward names are Dr Rajkumar (ward number 146), Kanneshwara Rama (36), Veera M adakari (3 7), Ranadheera Kanteerava (43), Veera Sindhura Lakshmana (44), Vijayanagara Krishna Devaraya (45), M Visvesvaraya (46), and Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar (47).
Ward 208 was proposed to be named Deendayal, after Deendayal Upadhyaya, one of the founders of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the former incarnation of the BJP. Ward 169 is named for Devaraj Urs, a former CM of Parliament who is credited with ensuring that the backward classes get their share of power in Karnataka.
But historians and Bengalis say the drafting committee should have consulted with the people of the wards before proposing new names. They point out that although Bengaluru may be expanding with more suburban areas under the interest of the citizenry, people from these areas are still nostalgic about their roots and have fond memories. beautiful about the villages that these areas used to be.
Uday Kumar PL, a historian who has studied hundreds of inscriptions found in the city, said people were very emotional about their origins and therefore it is not surprising that a large number of people protested. /suggestions regarding the new names of their wards.
He said many inscriptions showing the names of many localities in Bengaluru date back to the 5th century. He added: It is very wrong to ignore these and give random names. For example, Kumar said, the present-day Indiranagar can be traced from the village of Binnamangala and Rajajinagar to the village of Kethmaranahalli. Explaining the period in which the villages were named, he said area names suffixed with ‘palya’ (such as Sultanpalya) and prefixed with ‘kaval’ such as Kavalbyrasandra were given to localities in the 17th century. and 18, while ‘agrahara’ was coined from the 10th and 16th centuries. Localities with names ending in ‘sandra’ date from the 14th and 15th centuries.
Puttanna, a resident of Karisandra ward (166), opposed the proposal to name his ward after Goddess Umamaheshwari. The committee seems to suggest the name because there is a famous Umamaheshwari temple in the area.
However, Puttanna says that according to local legend, Karisandra was a small village that existed during the Vijayanagara empire and the people have a strong attachment to the name. He said there was “no way” they would accept the change.
The government plans to use the BBMP ward delineation exercise as a model to redraw the wards in zilla and taluk panchayats. Elections for these local bodies are long overdue – almost two years for the BBMP – but the government is trying to complete the process before holding elections.