‘Metro connectivity has been a boon’
Dilshad Garden, a prime residential area in east Delhi, was developed by t he Delhi Development Authority in the late 1980s. When it was initially planned, the area was considered remote and highly unsafe. Thanks, however, to some proactive measures by local RWAs and the city authorities, Dilshad Garden has undergone a makeover, both infrastructure-wise and socially. Today, it has evolved into a much sought-after residential locality in east Delhi. One of the biggest advantages is Dilshad Garden’s proximity to not one but three Metro stations, which are Dilshad Garden, Jhilmil and Mansarovar Park. It t akes j ust 10 minutes t o walk to the residential pockets here from the Metro stations. The area is divided into blocks and pockets. The blocks, from A to R, are well-planned with gardens and good roads. While most of the blocks are residential, there are some commercial blocks, too, that cater to the shopping needs of the residents of Dilshad Garden. Each block has its own DDA market where one can buy everything from groceries to electronics and more.
Santosh Sarin, a long- time resident and president of the C Block RWA, Dilshad Garden, says, “I am residing in a 2 BHK unit that I bought for ` 6.75 lakh in 1996. The original size was about 65m and we have modified and extended it to include another bedroom. Today, a similar house will cost you nothing less than ` 1 crore in any of the good blocks in Dilshad Garden.”
The main reason for t he exponential price rise, brokers point out, is that connectivity to Dilshad Garden has improved considerably, thanks to the Delhi Metro and the railway station in Shahdara. A local real estate agent explains, “Dilshad Garden was earlier considered unsafe and remote. But things have changed now, and as a result, there’s an influx here of people f rom other parts of the city. DDA apartments are available for sale in the secondary market and the price ranges from ` 25 lakh to ` 1 crore, depending on the size, age and exact location of the housing unit.”
As far as rentals are concerned, one can find options in the range of ` 10,000 to ` 15,000 per month. Vinay Thakur, a resident of Dilshad Garden, says, “I work in the pharmaceutical industry and I moved to Dilshad Garden from Rohini a few years ago. Since my work place is close to Connaught Place, I thought it would be a good option to shift here. I pay a rent of ` 12,000 for a 2BHK unit. The place where I live has a wellmaintained park, good schools, and it is close to the market and the Metro station.”
The area has good hospitals, including Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital, General Hospital and Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences ( IBHAS), to name a few. The local markets cater to the daily shopping needs of the residents, but if you want to go to a shopping mall instead, your nearest options would be Cross River Mall, Shahdara or V3S East Centre Mall, Laxmi Nagar.
While Dilshad Garden has locational advantage and is fairly self- sufficient, it does have its share of problems. One of them is safety. Thakur says, “Although the overall security si t uation i s f i ne, there are incidents of chainsnatching even during the day ” The other issue, he says, is cleanliness. “Like most parts of Delhi, Dilshad Garden also has issues with waste management and sewerage. Otherwise, the area has good facilities and a lush green cover. If these issues are tackled, it might just emerge as the best locality in this part of Delhi,” he adds.