The name of the locality Kadugodi has been derived from the words “kadu” and “gudi”, which mean temple in a forest. While it was once known for its abundance of temples surrounded by lush greenery, Kadugodi couldn’t be more different now. Lying in proximity to the IT hub of Whitefield in the north-eastern part of Bengaluru, Kadugodi comes equipped with large land parcels, good connectivity infrastructure, and reasonable property prices.
Armed with strong social infrastructure like Mount Litera Zee School, New Life Hospital, Bhagwan Sri Sai Nursing Home, Kadugodi has been transformed into one of the more preferred places to settle down in the city. The authority responsible for water supply is the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB); while the electricity supply comes from the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM).
Even with increased urbanisation throughout the city, it is refreshing to see that Kadugodi has managed to retain its very essence. The Sai Baba Ashram is still one of the distinctive features of this locality and continues to attract hordes of people from all over the globe to this day.
Connectivity and Transit Points
Kadugodi is extremely well connected to both Whitefield and ITPL. Connected via SH 35, Kadugodi and Whitefield are just 4 km apart. The ITPL Main Road connects Kadugodi with ITPL. Two other important roads passing through this locality are the Channasandra Main Road and the FCI Main Road.
The most notable transit point in Kadugodi is the Whitefield Railway Station. This double-tracked railway station has been proposed to be scaled up to a quadruple line network for the K.R. Puram-Whitefield Line. Once the proposed Whitefield-Kolar Line comes into action, the Whitefield Railway Station will attain the status of a junction.
However, the railway station attending to the inter-state travel needs of the residents of Kadugodi is the Krishnarajapuram Railway Station, which lies at a distance of 12 km from this locality. Other railway stations are Bangalore Cantonment Railway Station (20 km), Bangalore City Junction (25 km) and the Yeshwantpur Railway Station (31 km). The Kempegowda International Airport, on the other hand, is located at a distance of 50 km away from Kadugodi.
The residents of Kadugodi rely on private and state-run buses, especially the Vayu Vajra (Volvo) buses, as the most preferred mode of public transport. The Kadugodi bus stand is the most important bus stand in this locality. Auto-rickshaws are another mode of transport preferred by people travelling within, to, and from Kadugodi.
Sathya Sai Baba Ashram
Whitefield Railway Station
Golden Blossoms Apartment
MV Jayaraman College of Engineering
KIADB Shopping Complex
Factors for Growth in the Past
The main reason behind the development of Kadugodi from a small village to a residential hotspot is its proximity to the IT and commercial hubs of Whitefield. There is huge demand for residential apartments in Kadugodi, owing to the young IT crowd.
Not just with the IT hubs of Whitefield; Kadugodi has also reaped the benefits of being close to the KIADB export promotion industrial area. Being one of the oldest industrial areas of Bengaluru, the development around this industrial hub started as early as the 1970s. The development of the neighbouring localities, including that of Kadugodi followed soon after, with different types of commercial and residential properties coming up here.
The presence of the Sathya Sai Baba Ashram in Kadugodi has also played a role in bringing this small sleepy village on to the map of Bengaluru. This ashram is one of the major meditation centres of the city and its fame has crossed international borders. The number of people coming here from all over the world to rejuvenate their mind, body, and soul every year is in thousands.
The presence of a strong industrial and commercial sector around the KIADB shopping complex has also led to the growth of the locality. Roads like the Whitefield Main Road, 1st Main Road, FCI Main Road, and Railway Station Road, and the Kadugodi flyover have increased connectivity between Kadugodi and other parts of the city. And once the railway over-bridge in Kadugodi became functional in 2009, it decongested the traffic bottleneck that was created there. As a result, connectivity improved on the stretch between the railway station and the NH4-Old Madras Road Junction, and the region saw a multitude of new residential and commercial projects.
Residential Market Analysis
The majority of the residential market in Kadugodi is dominated by apartment buildings. Independent houses and villas occupy the next largest share. The average sale price of apartments in Kadugodi is around Rs 3,500 per sq. ft., and that of the villas is Rs 4,800 per sq. ft.
The maintenance work on the Kadugodi railway over-bridge has irked the locals off late. Without regular cleaning and maintenance, garbage keeps accumulating on this over-bridge, which includes decomposed vegetation as well as human and animal waste. The lighting facilities along this over-bridge are also not sufficient after dark, and without proper surveillance it has become a safety hazard for women and children. The bridge is also being encroached upon by unregistered vendors, making it difficult for regular pedestrians to use it.
Traffic congestion is yet another problem, especially on the Channasandra Main Road stretch between Whitefield Global School and Hope Farm. The main reason behind this is the wide pavements, which encroach upon the road space, barely allowing more than one large vehicle to move forward at the same time.
The number of potholes on the roads is also menacing. The condition seems to worsen after every heavy bout of rain, as demonstrated in ample instances over the last couple of years.
Factors for Growth in the Future
The KIADB export promotion industrial area will continue to propel growth in Kadugodi in the future. And with the government exempting the payment of stamp duty by these industries, there’s a lot more scope for increasing the overall economic and infrastructural growth of this region.
One of the highlights of Bengaluru’s infrastructure, the Namma Metro will prove to be another factor for growth in the future for Kadugodi. Under the Phase II of the metro project, the purple corridor will be extended from Kengeri to Whitefield, with an elevated station at Kadugodi Industrial Area. The expected completion date of the Phase II of the Namma Metro project is December 2019. The metro project has already left a positive mark on the localities under the Phase I. It is likely that the same effect will be visible in the localities marked under Phase II.