Not many techies turn up to vote in IT corridor

Known as the IT corridor of Bengaluru, Bommanahalli, Mahadevapura and the areas surrounding Electronic City saw very few techies come out and vote on Saturday in the BBMP polls.

When Deccan Herald visited the polling stations in these areas, it was noticed that a majority of those who had come out to vote were non-IT people though these localities are home to thousands of techies.

Areas around Hongasandra and Mangammanapalya saw mostly homemakers, senior citizens and people from economically weaker backgrounds turn up to vote. An official on duty at Kasavanahalli, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that till afternoon, the voter turnout was poor. “People in the area are mostly the IT crowd.

There were only a handful of people who turned up in the morning. We are hopeful they will come to vote by evening,” he added.

However, techies who voted had a long list of wishes for their candidates to fulfil. Besides better roads, they want better infrastructure. Unlike most others who did not even know the candidate they had voted for, the techies knew their candidates well and also had a set of expectations from them. Here is what the voters from the IT hub expect.

The roads around are bad and this leads to traffic jams. The area is yet to get Cauvery water supply. I wish my candidate looks into all this.

Naina, Employee, TCS

We have seen that the previously elected corporators have not kept their promises. A cleaner City is what we need.

Sonal Kumar, Senior product manager, SAP  Labs

I am hopeful the candidate focuses on maintaining cleanliness in the area. Besides this, our City needs better infrastructure.

Priyanka Thakur, Employee, Bosch

There are so many issues related to khatas (property documents). In a City with potholes even on the flyovers, work should begin from scratch.

Viran Kumar, Employee, EMC2
Proper roads must be laid. There is poor hygiene all around. Several cases of dengue are coming to light. This needs to be looked into.

Anil Grover, Employee, Goldman Sachs

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