|The neighbouring Kanakapura town is familiar to all Bangaloreans. But few know of its original name, Kankanhalli, or its past. Read on to take a peek at the interesting history of this place.|
National Highway 209
No doubt, a well meaning former IAS officer, N.P. Singh, who was the Urban Development Secretary, had once suggested that instead of spending hundreds of crores of rupees on bringing more of Cauvery waters to Bangalore, it was better to develop a satellite town close to Torakadanahalli (near Kanakapura) from where the Cauvery is tapped. Is it not often said that besides Indore, the erstwhile capital of the Holkars (whose name is evocative for lovers of cricket) in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh, Bangalore is the other city without a source of water close to it? Unlike Bangalore, Kanakapura is a riverine town standing on the right bank of the Arkavathi.
The alliteration in the name Kankanhalli used to arouse curiosity as to its derivation. The 19th Century British publicist, Francis Buchanan, had written in his travelogue, "A Journey from Madras through the Countries of Mysore, Canara, and Malabar", that it was being called Kanikarnhalli and commonly Kankanhalli. "The name of this village is properly Kanya-Karna composed of two Sanskrit words, Kanya meaning virgin or the goddess Bhavani, and Karna meaning ear." He had also written that Kanikar in Tamil signified a proprietor of land and halli "in the language of Karnata, is a village." Another version about the old name of Kanakapura was that the fort in the town had been built by Jagadeva Raya, the chieftain of Channapatna, who had pulled down a smaller structure owned by one Kanakana and hence the name Kankanhalli. The fort has the ancient Ranganatha Temple. Kanakapura was one of the places through which the British Army under Lord Cornwallis, the Duke of Wellington, and others had invaded Srirangapatna in the 18th Century. Tipu Sultan, who was known for the practice of the scorched earth policy, had the town burnt down twice or laid waste to prevent its use by the British army.
National Highway 209
National Highway 209 starts from Dewan Madhao Rao road in Bengaluru in Karnataka and ends at NH 7 at Vedasandur north of Dindigul District in Tamil Nadu. The road crosses Kaveri river between Malavalli and Sattegala and it crosses from Punujanooru in Karnataka into Hasanooru in Tamil Nadu. The road is called Sathyamangalam road between Coimbatore and Sathyamangalam ofErode District and Kanakapura road between Bangalore and Kanakapura of Ramanagara district. This is the most important road passing through the Coimbatore city and its suburbs. The length of the road is about 44 km within its city limits including suburbs. There is a proposal to convert the Dindigal - Annur(Coimbatore) as an expressway in this route due to the volume of vehicular and truck traffic. This route passing through ghat section from Sathyamangalam to Hasanooru in Tamil Nadu.
Tippu Sultan, the associated King of Mysore Kingdom used to travel along this route. When he had the plan to extend his kingdom to Coimbatore,he took Mysore-Nanjangud-Chamarajanagar-Sathy route to execute the plan.The mode of Transportation was with either Bull or Horse carts.He had placed many of his soldiers and Horse shoe fitters along the villages of this route.Even today, we can see large number of Muslim settlements in Kavalande of Nanjanagud Taluk and in Chamarajanagar.So,in historical perspective,Chamarajanagar-Coimbatore section of NH -209 is important.
Four lane road proposed from Dindigul to Coimbatore, considering the traffic and growth on the Dindigul-Coimbatore-Annur road. The road passes through the Coimbatore city and it is popularly known as Sathyamangalam road. Within the city stretch, the proposed flyover at Gandhipuram would traffic and ease congestion on Sathyamangalam road. Due to heavy volume of traffic between Saravanampatty and Annur the authorities proposed to have this stretch into a four-lane one. The other section covered 42 km from Annur to Sathyamangalam which will be converted into two-lane including the Dhimbam Ghat Section.