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A hundred years ago, Bangalore was the first Indian city to see the light

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Bangalore, it seems, has decided to live only for the present, without a thought to spare for its past. How else can one explain the lack of any celebrations for a centenary which, literally, threw light on the city? A hundred years ago, Bangalore became the first city in India to be electrified by hydel power. It was a dramatic moment, the lamp-posts in the city market area lighting up the night sky, their glow matching the silver sparklers up above. There’s a vein of thought which believes that that was when Bangalore’s foundation as Asia’s leading high-tech hub was laid. But the event’s significance—a result of the vision of the then Mysore government under Krishnaraja Wodeyar—has been lost in the present-day clamour for better infrastructure for the city.

It was under the second phase of the Cauvery Power Scheme that it was decided to bring electricity to Bangalore. Under the first phase which became operational in June 1902, power was transmitted to the Kolar Gold Fields (KGF), 92 miles away from a power station at the foot of the Shivanasamudra Falls. The...

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