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In­dian real es­tate is now at a stage of evo­lu­tion wherein in­te­grated town­ships are no longer just an op­tion - they are a dire ne­ces­sity. With a num­ber of In­dia’s large de­vel­op­ers now de­vel­op­ing th­ese fu­tur­is­tic minic­i­ties, town­ships are rapidly be­com­ing the most sig­nif­i­cant model of prop­erty de­vel­op­ment in the fore­see­able fu­ture.

With ur­ban living rapidly giv­ing way to ex­treme tur­moil and lack of civic ameni­ties, it is def­i­nitely high time for the pro­lif­er­a­tion stage of town­ships in In­dia. In­dian met­ros in­vari­ably ‘ex­plode’ from the cen­tre out­wards, with the in­ner lo­ca­tions be­com­ing the fo­cal points of heat and pres­sure. There­fore, ur­ban­i­sa­tion also hap­pens with the city cen­tre con­sis­tently re­ceiv­ing - and main­tain­ing - the high­est sat­u­ra­tion of pop­u­la­tion.

De­vel­opable land in th­ese places be­comes in­creas­ingly ex­pen­sive and soon un­avail­able. This leads to de­vel­op­ers ac­tive in th­ese ar­eas to build up ev­ery square inch of their plots and sell­ing their units at ex­or­bi­tant prices.

In this kind of en­vi­ron­ment, open spa­ces, in­fra­struc­ture and over­all ac­ces­si­bil­ity are rapidly eroded by build­ings. Also, th­ese ar­eas are in­creas­ingly plagued by ex­treme traf­fic con­ges­tion, short­age of park­ing and very high pol­lu­tion.

Con­versely, in­te­grated town-

ships of­fer their res­i­dents com­plete sup­port­ing in­fra­struc­ture. They are no de­vel­oped with the ob­jec­tive of max­i­mum de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial but max­i­mum live­abil­ity po­ten­tial, and this means that they also pro­vide green and open spa­ces.

In fact, the dif­fer­ence be­tween the live­abil­ity quo­tients of in­te­grated town­ships ver­sus tra­di­tion­ally de­vel­oped res­i­den­tial ar­eas in a city are con­sid­er­able

- while the for­mer en­joy clean air, green open spa­ces, reg­u­lated traf­fic, con­stant wa­ter and power sup­ply and quick ac­cess to shop­ping, health­care and en­ter­tain­ment, the lat­ter tend to be de­fined by high pol­lu­tion lev­els, a ‘con­crete jun­gle’ ethos, bumper-to-bumper traf­fic, crip­pling com­mut­ing times and fre­quent power and wa­ter cuts, says Arvind Jain, managing director, Pride Group.

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