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This old building (may be more than 100 years old because in this building Office Of Mr.Dinshah Estate existed-This is my imagination!) is the hub of activity when vidyaranyapura came into existence in early part of 80s. Earlier this association was called as Vidyaranyapura Residents Welfare Association and when our work area extended and many welfare Associations were formed we changed to present name.Here we have our Welfare Association cum Grievence redressal cell for all our civic problems.From here thousands of letters were sent to various Offices of both State and Central Government,here our colleagues sat in the day and night hours to listen to problems of the Residents and all of them did this work as a commitment and nobody expected any rewards or accolades!

Since around 35+ years this building has been witness to innumerable activities of various kinds. Here we have a Reading Room where you get good number News Papers. The Office bearers of the welfare Association were readily available for any kind of help. The Residents of BEL Lay out and others have visited this building many times and with a smile on their face they have gone home getting an assurance that their problem will be addressed !The Association has kept its words. This is the greatness of this building. Here we celebrate National Holidays- (Independence Day,Republic Day), here we celebrate Kannada Rajyotsava Day,here we conduct spot painting competetions,we conduct annual General Body meetings here,Some time site auctions took place here …..!

Back side of this building is also made use now.Every month we have a Cultural and literary meet here where in the Talents of our back yard are displaying their expertise. Behind this building we had BEL Consumers Co-Operative Society in the early days when shops were very thin in the layout. After winding of this society, our Post Office was shifted here .Now the Post Office is working some 50 metres from this building.


If Archaeology department comes to know of the age of this building,certainly this will get a Heritage Tag and will be protected!

Vidyaranyapura Residents Welfare Association came into existence in the year 1982 as a second line of action for BEECHBS Ltd., so that the Society management committe could be kept informed the requirement of residents in its developed/ developing layout.

That is why BEECHBS Ltd., immediately provided a big office space in the only building available in the Layout under its ownership. The first President, Secretary and Treasurers were Sri G.Ramachandr (Mahandale), Sri K.S.R.Murthy and Sri P.Kannaraju. Managing committee consisted of Residents from each Block who had built their houses by then and occupied their constructed houses as early settlers of Vidyaranyapura.

The Presidents of the Society were changed periodically after Sri G.Ramachandra, a Sri Govinda Rao and Sri Sathyanarayana Chetty were subsequent Presidents and Late Sri Ananda Shetty succeeded Sri K.S.R.Murthy as Hon.Secretary. As Mr. Gopalakrishna mentioned VRW A has served the residents welfare in many respects and even opposed certain actions being taken by BEECHBS Ltd., when it was thought it was against the interest of the residents welfare.

As Mr. Gopalakrishna mentioned this building under the ownership of BEECHBS Ltd., has served in many respects. This was the Office and Storage Shed for M/s BHarath Builders who did negotiated land dealing between M/s. Dinshaw Estate and all the four Housing Societies, Got all the 260 acres of Land converted from Agricultural purpose to Residential purpose from the Spetial Deputy Commissioner of Bangalore North and got the Layout Plans to form Such a huge Layout consisting of more than 4000 sites with all Civic Amenity areas and well planned roads from then CIty Improvement Board which is now called as Bangalore Development Authority there by a large holding of land under single North Indian business family which lived in Bombay has been converted into 4000 and more residential purpose for Industrial Employees and their families.

This Building Served as the Quarters for the first security person one Sri Seenappa and his family whom BEECHBS Ltd., had appointed to give vigilance and assistance to then residing a few early residents and who was also given his voluntary services to VLRWA. Next this Building also housed KEB cash counter so that the residents could pay their electric bills.

And It had been used as a branch KEB help centre to attend immediate complaints of Electricity failure and dropout. it Served as a initial Provision Stors under BEL Employees Co-operative Consumer Society which was under the Welfare Department of Bharath Electronics Ltd. and Sri Devaiah was its Secretary who used attend to the members requirements with a smile on his face always. As earlier mentioned here by others it was help full Post Office to the residents till better days came up with good buildings.It also worked as Bangalore one counter to assist residents to pay their bills to BWSSB etc and through electronic machine payment. Any building or person who serves humanity become eye shore as time passes by and New buildings and generations are given raise it is the rule of the nature.

   By Gopala Krishna

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 Haniour Sampangiramaiah Subbaramaiah 

Vidyaranyapura Residents Welfare Association came into existence in the year 1982 as a second line of action for BEECHBS Ltd., so that the Society management committe could be kept informed the requirement of residents in its developed/ developing layout. That is why BEECHBS Ltd., immediately provided a big office space in the only building available in the Layout under its ownership. The first President, Secretary and Treasurers were Sri G.Ramachandr (Mahandale), Sri K.S.R.Murthy and Sri P.Kannaraju.

Managing committee consisted of Residents from each Block who had built their houses by then and occupied their constructed houses as early settlers of Vidyaranyapura. The Presidents of the Society were changed periodically after Sri G.Ramachandra, a Sri Govinda Rao and Sri Sathyanarayana Chetty were subsequent Presidents and Late Sri Ananda Shetty succeeded Sri K.S.R.Murthy as Hon.Secretary. As Mr. Gopalakrishna mentioned VRW A has served the residents welfare in many respects and even opposed certain actions being taken by BEECHBS Ltd., when it was thought it was against the interest of the residents welfare.

As Mr. Gopalakrishna mentioned this building under the ownership of BEECHBS Ltd., has served in many respects. This was the Office and Storage Shed for M/s BHarath Builders who did negotiated land dealing between M/s. Dinshaw Estate and all the four Housing Societies, Got all the 260 acres of Land converted from Agricultural purpose to Residential purpose from the Spetial Deputy Commissioner of Bangalore North and got the Layout Plans to form Such a huge Layout consisting of more than 4000 sites with all Civic Amenity areas and well planned roads from then CIty Improvement Board which is now called as Bangalore Development Authority there by a large holding of land under single North Indian business family which lived in Bombay has been converted into 4000 and more residential purpose for Industrial Employees and their families.

This Building Served as the Quarters for the first security person one Sri Seenappa and his family whom BEECHBS Ltd., had appointed to give vigilance and assistance to then residing a few early residents and who was also given his voluntary services to VLRWA. Next this Building also housed KEB cash counter so that the residents could pay their electric bills. And It had been used as a branch KEB help centre to attend immediate complaints of Electricity failure and dropout.

It Served as a initial Provision Stors under BEL Employees Co-operative Consumer Society which was under the Welfare Department of Bharath Electronics Ltd. and Sri Devaiah was its Secretary who used attend to the members requirements with a smile on his face always. As earlier mentioned here by others it was help full Post Office to the residents till better days came up with good buildings.It also worked as Bangalore one counter to assist residents to pay their bills to BWSSB etc and through electronic machine payment. Any building or person who serves humanity become eye shore as time passes by and New buildings and generations are given raise it is the rule of the nature.

August 11 at 2:37am

Haniour Sampangiramaiah Subbaramaiah 

I would appreciate if our BELRWA (R) publishes some pictures in its possession of Committee members who served the larger interest of the residents and some of its welfare activities under this page. I think Sri Gopalakrishna could get that done approaching BELRWA (R) to commemorate 30 years success of living in BEL Layout.

August 11 at 2:06am

Haniour Sampangiramaiah Subbaramaiah 

Dear Sri Kamesh Mahadevan, I mentioned the last few words with the same feelings. It is human tendency once we use certain facility very next minute we forget about it and we will not try to remember the sequence at all. Mr. Gopalakrishna mentioned that many national and cultural activities were being done in that premises including periodical G.B. Of the BELRWA which is holding good lot of members money and earning bank interest. Our residents and committee members including Hon.Secretary are participating in several activities of the Layout for example recent planting of trees in Lake surroundings. If such is the case why we are keeping our own office premises in such a bad condition.

Why not the Association spend some money and do social work to set right the place all around. Actually the building is under the possession of BEECHBS Ltd. and for its members a big construction work is going on why not BELRWA has not appealed to the BEECHBS to set right the eye sore you mentioned above? B.B.M.P. Could construct Building for Senior Citizens and invest money in developing the sports ground why not divert a little attention to clear the Eyesore. After all this premises is being reserved for all sort of public utilities and being used every day for running their office.

Very recently about year back when Colombia Asia Hospital conducted its medical camp in collaboration with our BELRWA I am also one of the beneficiary for which I am thankful to both organisations and feel sorry I am not able to do any thing in clearing the eyesore you mentioned and feel for it. That is all what we could do just like pricing the God Almighty for all he has done for us. Similarly we price the Building for its utility and existence and forget about other action required to be done and expect other organisation to do the needful.

August 11 at 6:38am

 Giftson Titty 

hmm, those days remember the monthly trips to provision stores there, hauling stuff on bicycles… this was the only place to get some good stuff, for a long time 

August 11 at 9:06am

 Haniour Sampangiramaiah Subbaramaiah 

Mrs. Jayalakshmi’s Chatterjee: after seeing your comment I would like to inform that Cowasjee Narswanjee Dinshaw is no more. To approach his descendent we have to do correspondence with his firm in Mumbai. I had a few minutes time to talk to him in the year 1979-80 during his visit to his estate at Vidyaranyapura. I just talked to him about possibility of rejuvenating a temple which was in ruined condition inside the compound of his Estate. Then I was just newly elected Hon.secretary of BEECHBS Ltd., for the years 1978 – 1982. To know about his profile you may go about this following Tribute

August 11 at 9:27am

 Haniour Sampangiramaiah Subbaramaiah 

Actually there is only one open well immediately entering the gate at a few yards. All the other three wells are in the BEL layout itself. One is by the side of SBI near the Overhead Tank, another is in 5th Block by the Side Of Overhead Tank and the third one is just behind the water collection sump in 3rd Block where BWSSB office is there between 4th B main and 5th main Roads could be approached either by Vidyaranyapura Main Road or 7th cross, 3rd Block, BEL Layout. I feel there is no need to contact descendents at all for an existing single well inside Dinshaw Estate compound. Mostly all the correspondence go through their office managers.

August 11 at 10:25am