‘Too many roofs and very lit­tle space’

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Once an ex­pan­sive agri­cul­tural field, Tri Na­gar has evolved into a res­i­den­tial area over the last cou­ple of decades. Lo­cated in north­west Delhi near Shakur­pur and Wazipur, Tri Na­gar is well-con­nected to the rest of the city through a net­work of buses.

One of the biggest plus points of Tri Na­gar is its con­nec­tiv­ity. Served by three Metro sta­tions – Ke­shav Pu­ram, Ashok Park Main and Kan­haiya Na­gar – the area is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from any part of the city. That apart, the Sarai Ro­hilla sta­tion is lo­cated closeby. De­spite its lo­ca­tional ad­van­tage, Tri Na­gar has not re­ally emerged as a sought-after prop­erty mar­ket. This can be at­trib­uted to poor plan­ning and con­ges­tion. One of the lo­cal real es­tate bro­kers who has ad­ver­tised for prop­er­ties on an on­line por­tal, ex­plains, “En­croach­ment is a ma­jor is­sue in this part of the city. Home-own­ers and de­vel­op­ers here have en­croached on ev­ery inch of com­mon space. Even the area ear­marked for park­ing is be­ing used for some sort of con­struc­tion, be it an extra room or a por­tico. As a re­sult, peo­ple are forced to park their ve­hi­cles on the road, lead­ing to traf­fic con­ges­tion.”

The prop­erty mar­ket in this area is nei­ther dull nor thriving. In­de­pen­dent houses and builder floors are the main op­tions for buy­ers. Apart­ment com­plexes are rare. How­ever, there are some DDA flats in the neigh­bour­hood of Ke­shav Pu­ram.

As a lo­cal real es­tate bro­ker points out, “Most of the build­ings that you see in Tri Na­gar – mainly in pock­ets like Ram­pura, Kan­haiya Na­gar, to name a few, – are old. More­over, many of them are in a di­lap­i­dated state. So, own­ers have been work­ing to­gether with small-time de­vel­op­ers in the area to re­build, ren­o­vate and mod­ify t heir houses. Th­ese houses are then put up for sale.” Th­ese ren­o­vated houses fetch any­thing from ` 2 lakh to ` 3 lakh per sq yard, and prices go up to ` 1 crore or more, de­pend­ing on the size of the house and its ex­act lo­ca­tion. Prop­er­ties close to Metro sta­tions com­mand higher prices.

The rental mar­ket here is rather sub­dued, with most of the ac­tiv­ity con­fined to sell­ing of prop­er­ties. Nev­er­the­less, nearby Ke­shav Pu­ram has enough rental op­tions in the form of DDA apart­ments. One can rent a two-room set for, say, ` 6,000 a month.

San­jana Me­hta, who has been living in Tri Na­gar for the last one year, says, “I used to stay with my par­ents in our own apart­ment in Noida, but since my of­fice is in Karol Bagh, it made sense for me to shift. Now I only have to drive down about 7km to reach my work­place, and this is a huge re­lief. I pay a rent of about ` 7,000 for a newly-con­structed 2BHK in Tri Na­gar.” She adds that though it is a rel­a­tively safe area, there have been in­stances of chain snatch­ing of late. “Park­ing is a prob­lem too. I have no choice but to leave my ve­hi­cle on the road,” says Me­hta.

Be­ing cen­trally lo­cated, the area is just about 10 km from Con­naught Place. The Sarai Ro­hilla rail­way sta­tion is also barely 5 km away. Apart from the Delhi Metro, Tri Na­gar also has a net­work of DTC feeder buses that ply this route fre­quently.

Tri Na­gar does not have any swanky malls, but it is a self­suf­fi­cient neigh­bour­hood with enough lo­cal shops and mar­kets that cater to the daily needs of the res­i­dents. For in­stance, the 70-year-old Tota Ram Bazar in Tri Na­gar has ev­ery­thing from gro­ceries to clothes.

The Ma­jor Dhyan Chand Sports Com­plex in Ashok Vi­har caters to the res­i­dents of Tri Na­gar too. The area is home to good schools, hos­pi­tals and col­leges, with the Delhi Univer­sity cam­pus lo­cated in the vicin­ity.

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