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The pro­posed ex­ten­sion of the Mandi House Metro line may not have much of an im­pact on this zone, says Ku­mar. “Real es­tate in this area is all about res­i­den­tial with very min­i­mal com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity. Also, the end-users of this re­gion do not rely on the metro in any man­ner. I be­lieve that this mar­ket will re­main largely neu­tral to this devel­op­ment,” he adds.

Back in time

Mannu Man­sheet, a pro­fes­sor and vis­ual mer­chan­diser, has been liv­ing on Hai­ley Road for as long as he can re­mem­ber. For the 40- year- old pro­fes­sional, Delhi 110001 is home, and he vouches that the best views of his favourite city can be had from his sev­enth floor apart­ment in Ashadeep com­plex on 9, Hai­ley Road. “From the win­dows and bal­conies in my apart­ment, I get to see Red Fort, Jama Masjid, the Lo­tus Tem­ple, a par­tial view of Rash­tra­p­athi Bha­van, and on clear sunny days, one can even catch a glimpse of Qutab Mi­nar,” he says. Hav­ing spent all his life in cen­tral Delhi, Man­sheet has fond mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in the city’s most cov­eted neigh­bour­hoods. “My fa­ther’s fam­ily is from Quetta, Balochis­tan and we stayed in Con­naught Place for a long time be­fore mov­ing to a lovely bun­ga­low on Feroze Shah Road. How­ever, we had to move out due to per­sonal rea­sons and we ze­roed in on this spa­cious apart­ment on Hai­ley Road.” Re­fus­ing to di­vulge de­tails re­gard­ing its price, Man­sheet sim­ply says that his fam­ily home is “price­less”.

The most in­trigu­ing part about cen­tral Delhi is its history. Man­sheet fondly re­calls an older, bet­ter ver­sion of Delhi, a time when KG Marg used to be Cur­zon Road. “The in­ter­sec­tion of Cur­zon Road and Feroze Shah Road had a round­about (which was de­mol­ished around 1980), a sig­na­ture style in Lu­tyens Zone, with a pro­fu­sion of colour­ful flower beds. Those days, we drove a con­vert­ible and Delhi wasn’t so pol­luted or chaotic. There were such lim­ited res­i­dents on Feroze Shah Road that even the lo­cal cops recog­nised us. The roads were lined with trees that of­fered much respite from the bru­tal Delhi sum­mers,” he rem­i­nisces. He adds that these ar­eas al­ways had a VIP char­ac­ter and even dur­ing the Delhi ri­ots, this part of the city was not as badly af­fected. “De­spite the pol­lu­tion lev­els and traf­fic snarls these days, this con­tin­ues to be among the city’s best ar­eas,” he says.

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