Bengaluru

City added 264 sq ft a minute between 2006 and 2012

Bengaluru being an ever burgeoning city may sound a cliché. But, clichés end up being true.

An analysis of the spatial data of National Remote Sensing Centre (NSRC) has revealed that the Bangalore Metropolitan Area (BMA) added 593.98 sq ft of built-up area every minute during the period between 2006 and 2012. The analysis was made by the World Resources Institute, India, a global environmental think tank, for the BBMP restructuring committee.

The larger Bangalore Metropolitan Region (BMR) added 1,223.82 sq ft per minute, indicating the unbridled growth of urban sprawl around the city much beyond the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) area.

Ward-wise population figures of the 2011 census revealed that the wards in the outer zones of BBMP have the highest population. Not just that, the data indicates a trend of suburbanisation, where population in the core area has dropped as residents have migrated to outer zones. The data has shown rapid and dense urbanisation even beyond the BMA area especially South East of the city.

South East adds most

The adjoining map that marks the built-up urban sprawl in the region from 2006 to 2012, clearly shows that South East of Bengaluru added most urban sprawl during the period.

Most of this unbridled urbanisation is observed in the area between the major arterial roads of Bannerghatta Road, Hosur Road and Sarjapur Road. The area between these arterial roads has emerged as the corridor for IT firms and a new economy in the city, adding numerous work places. The development in workplaces has eventually led to residential settlements during the 2006-12 period, a realtor said, adding that the zone still continues to be in high demand in the real estate market.

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