Prom­ises and prob­lems

HT Estates - - NEWS - Jee­van Prakash Sharma

It used to be a dirty, dusty ne­glected area in the ear­lier part of the pre­vi­ous decade, but Indi­ra­pu­ram to­day has been trans­formed be­yond recog­ni­tion. It has also vir­tu­ally changed the face of real es­tate in Ghazi­abad given the phe­nom­e­nal pace of de­vel­op­ment here.

Flanked by Na­tional High­way NH 24 on one side and Vaishali and Va­sund­hara on the other, this Ghazi­abad De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity township is a mod­ern, bustling con­crete jun­gle with a pop­u­la­tion of more than 10 lakh in 80 group hous­ing so­ci­eties and hundreds of plot­ted res­i­den­tial units.

While the city seems to be al­most burst­ing at the seams, real es­tate de­vel­op­ers are pro­mot­ing it as a place with im­mense po­ten­tial for the res­i­den­tial mar­ket, keep­ing in mind the up­com­ing de­vel­op­ment work.

Says San­jay Ras­togi, direc­tor, Saviour Builders, “Once the widen­ing of NH 24 takes place, the whole real es­tate out­look of this place will un­dergo a sea change. Af­ter all, this high­way is the life­line of this place as many peo­ple use it to move to and from Delhi.”

Builders like the Am­ra­pali Group have pinned hopes on the Metro con­nec­tiv­ity from Noida City Cen­tre to Indi­ra­pu­ram. “The day when the Metro will spread its wings over there in the en­tire re­gion and the stress of traf­fic jam would get re­solved, more buy­ers will find prop­er­ties of their choice and it will be­come a favourite des­ti­na­tion,” says Anil Ku­mar Sharma, CMD of Am­ra­pali, which has de­vel­oped a se­ries of prop­er­ties in the past few years over here. Th­ese in­cludeAm­ra­pali Greens, Am­ra­pali Vil­lage, Am­ra­pali Vil­lage 2 and Am­ra­pali Royal.

Indi­ra­pu­ram is di­vided into seven blocks — Abhay Khand, Gyan Khand, Nyay Khand, Ahinsa Khand, Vaib­hav Khand, Shakti Khand and Niti Khand. Some of its prom­i­nent group hous­ing projects are Aditya Mega City, Am­ra­pali Royal, Am­ra­pail Vil­lage, An­triksh Greens, Ari­hant Par­adiso, Ashi­ana Up­van, Eastern Heights, Ex­ot­ica East Square, Gaur Green Av­enue, Gaur Green Vista, GC Cen­trum, Ari­hant Har­mony, Sr­ishti Shipra, just to name a few.

There are shops in most so­ci­eties for day-to-day shop­ping while a num­ber of malls have also opened up here which at­tract the Delhi crowds. En­ter­tain­ment op­tions are aplenty, thanks to Shipra Mall, Pa­cific Mall, Ma­h­a­gun Metro Mall and EDM, to name a few, which are clos­est to the area.

Many res­i­dents, how­ever, do not seem to be happy with the un­planned de­vel­op­ment in vi­o­la­tion of the mas­ter plan, which is caus­ing ir­repara­ble dam­age to the whole township.

“Indi­ra­pu­ram was in the NCR re­gional plan and also had a Mas­ter Plan 2001 fol­lowed by 2021. It falls un­der the ter­ri­to­rial ju­ris­dic­tion of Ghazi­abad De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity which was em­pow­ered un­der the Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Act 1973 to for­mu­late build­ing by-laws to reg­u­late de­vel­op­ment in sync with the NCR plan and mas­ter plan,” in­forms SK Pal, a Supreme Court lawyer, who lives in Wind­sor Park.

The city was planned (roads, sewer, for­est, parks, open area, roads etc) as per the mas­ter plan which pro­vided for pop­u­la­tion dis­tri­bu­tion, de­vel­oped ac­cord­ing the spec­i­fied open-and-built-area ra­tio and the other plans for sewage treat­ment, wa­ter and elec­tric­ity sup­ply, solid waste man­age­ment, road net­work, pu­bic con­veyance, fire safety etc.

“The crit­i­cal bal­ance fine­tuned in the NCR re­gional plan and the Ghazi­abad mas­ter plan has been tweaked with the help of re­peated amend­ments to the by-laws to such lev­els that the pro­vi­sions of the mas­ter plans are bound to fail and the in­ad­e­quacy of in­fra­struc­ture will pre­vail for years,” ar­gues Pal.

Many res­i­dents say that to­day Indi­ra­pu­ram has all the typ­i­cal prob­lems of an old, un­planned city. Need­less to men­tion, crimes of theft and even mur­der take place here.

A dirty, ne­glected area in the early part of the pre­vi­ous decade, Indi­ra­pu­ram has to­day be­come a con­crete jun­gle

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