‘Too many roofs and very little space’
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.