Top marks for lo­ca­tion

HT Estates - - Front Page - Jee­van Prakash Sharma

Lo­ca­tion is ev­ery­thing in real es­tate - and Sarita Vi­har in south Delhi has a great ad­van­tage in be­ing close to the bor­ders of Ut­tar Pradesh and Haryana.

De­mand for hous­ing, thus, has al­ways been high here. Con­sis­tent ac­tiv­ity in terms of in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment cou­pled with the up­com­ing (sec­ond) Metro con­nec­tiv­ity from Janakpuri to Sec­tor 37, Noida via Sarita Vi­har have added to this area's at­trac­tions.

Sarita Vi­har is on one side of Na­tional High­way 2, which is also called Mathura Road. Just across this road is a com­mer­cial hotspot with in­ter­na­tional au­to­mo­bile show­rooms, BPOs, restau­rants and an of­fice hub.

Peo­ple in Sarita Vi­har con­sider them­selves lucky. “Big com­mer­cial of­fices and hos­pi­tals such as Apollo have in­flu­enced the af­flu­ent and welle­d­u­cated to buy res­i­den­tial prop­erty here. A ma­jor­ity of the res­i­dents are ei­ther doc- tors or head hon­chos of cor­po­rates. Most of them are se­nior ci­ti­zens and have chil­dren liv­ing abroad, ei­ther for work of for higher ed­u­ca­tion,” says V K Mathur, mem­ber of the res­i­dent wel­fare as­so­ci­a­tion from K Block.

A num­ber of for­eign na­tion­als from Pak­istan, Afghanistan and Mid­dle East­ern coun­tries look for ac­com­mo­da­tion in this area while un­der­go­ing treat­ment at the Apollo Hospi­tal and hence ren­tal rates are fairly high. Home own­ers are keen to rent out ac­com­mo­da­tion to th­ese peo­ple as they are will­ing to pay good money.

The RWAs are quite con­tent with the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion. They say that the po­lice force is ac­tive in the area and on good terms with the se­nior ci­ti­zens.

“They keep a record of all the se­nior ci­ti­zens re­sid­ing in the colony and con­tact them twice a month. Some of them even of­fer help by way of run­ning per­sonal er­rands for the el­derly. There have been heart­en­ing in­stances when the po­lice have de­posited bank che­ques and paid elec­tric­ity and water bills of se­nior ci­ti­zens. They have also paid my water bill a cou­ple of times,” says A D Dar­gan, a se­nior cit­i­zen re­sid­ing in L Block.

There are var­i­ous groups here to keep the res­i­dents busy, the im­por­tant ones be­ing, Se­nior Ci­ti­zens Club, Mahila Man­dal, Morn­ing Walker Club, San­skriti Parisad and Kir­tan Man­dal, among oth­ers.

Says Dar­gan, “We or­gan­ise a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties on fes­tive oc­ca­sions to en­able the res­i­dents to get to know each other. We have re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tions, mar­kets, schools and dis­pen­saries for the con­ve­nience of our peo­ple.”

Well-main­tained parks and a fully equipped DDA sports com­plex in Ja­sola are the other pluses.

How­ever, a few things need to be im­proved here, such as the faulty drainage sys­tem and rust­ing water sup­ply pipes. A rail­way reser­va­tion cen­tre for se­nior ci­ti­zens is also re­quired.

“The water pipes are very old and of­ten de­velop leak­age. This con­tam­i­nates the water sup­ply as drain water gets mixed with drink­ing water. We have been con­tin­u­ously de­mand­ing new pipes,” says Su­jit Singh Ba­jaj, an­other res­i­dent.

Many se­nior ci­ti­zens also feel very strongly against the fact that the colony roads are used as a pub­lic thor­ough­fare. “Our colony roads are be­com­ing short­cuts for ve­hi­cles go­ing from Noida to Farid­abad and this is pos­ing a se­ri­ous threat to the safety of chil­dren and aged peo­ple. They are far from safe while cross­ing the roads,” says Ba­jaj.

“Ow­ing to this fact the DDA sports com­plex in Ja­sola has also be­come out of bounds for many ci­ti­zens. A busy road sep­a­rates the com­plex from the colony and there is no proper foot-over bridge to cross it,”adds Ba­jaj.

De­spite all th­ese is­sues, res­i­dents of this area are count­ing their bless­ings. In the words of Dar­gan “We have less to com­plain and more to cheer.”

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