In august company
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.