This abandoned Bangalore Corporation Maternity Home looks like it has been used as a free-for-all location in the recent past. The construction debris from the surrounding areas is dumped inside the compound, while labourers have taken shelter in the abandoned maternity home. The patches of cooking is still visible, and the reminders of this maternity home are the painted signs like bed number, visiting hours and two granite slabs with information on the foundation/inauguration of the same.
Established in 1963, the maternity home – which functioned for more than 35 years – catered to the residents of Pottery Town, Frazer Town, SK Garden, NC Colony, Chinnappa Garden, William Town, Baiderahalli, Munni Reddy Palya, and Benson Town. Surrounded by slums, corporation quarters, and a slaughter house, this maternity home was inaugurated by the then chief minister Nijalingappa and health minister K Nagappa Alva.
Located on an extremely low-lying region and next to a sewage canal, this building was constantly hit by floods during the rainy season, that gradually affected the foundation. The maternity home was closed after it suffered severe water-logging in the year 2000.
According to the locals there, BBMP has promised a new building for the hospital, with a raised perimeter to prevent water-logging, at a one-acre site on Bore Bank Road. A conversation with the care taker near by has also revealed the land use row and un-fulfilled promises by the local corporator. They did mention that the tender is already floated and they are expecting a hi-tech hospital in the same plot.
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