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A salute to a model society

Grey matters: Jal Vayu Vihar, with its vast open spaces, clean roads and greenery everywhere, is considered to be one of Bangalore’s best layouts. Photo: Varsha Yeshwant Kumar

Grey matters: Jal Vayu Vihar, with its vast open spaces, clean roads and greenery everywhere, is considered to be one of Bangalore’s best layouts. Photo: Varsha Yeshwant Kumar  

For defence personnel who have served the nation for long, safeguarding its boundaries, it is only fair that they should ask for a more secure and peaceful retired life. Jal Vayu Vihar (JVV) provides the perfect haven where they live in the midst of people they know and share the same ethos with.

Nestled in the heart of Kammanahalli, the society has grown “from an unsure and shy toddler to a charming teenager, and now embracing adulthood with maturity and grace” as it celebrates its 21st anniversary this November, says Captain M.V. Prabhakar, resident of Jal Vayu Vihar and general secretary of JVV society.

“Way back, Kammanahalli was a village with just the main road, but today I would compare it with the Times Square in New York,” adds Capt. Prabhakar, who is clearly smitten with his neighbourhood. Kammanahalli has become truly cosmopolitan with upwardly mobile people from all parts of the country coming to set up home here.

Over the years, it has developed into a unique residential model for other colonies in the city. With 540 houses spread over 22 acres of land, and each clustered into four or five stone-walled apartments, the making and management of Jal Vayu Vihar has been meticulously planned. Keeping in mind the importance of open spaces for children and walking paths for adults, there are three playgrounds and a jogging track.

The JVV has been able to make its campus litter-free. It has also created a website where defects/dysfunctional systems of any kind are reported and guarantees an efficient follow-up within 24 hours.

Camaraderie and bonhomie marks the community life of the JVVians. The society celebrates every festival It has openly welcomed ‘civilians' into their midst with as many as 200 apartments owned by them. Of course, they had to undergo a ‘special screening' process before getting the stamp of validation.

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