‘Metro con­nec­tiv­ity has been a boon’

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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.

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