Promises and problems
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