Con­gested and nowhere to go

HT Estates - - HTESTATES - Rozelle Laha

Trans Ya­muna’s Mayur Vi­har Phase III came up in the 1990s. One needs t o drive past broad roads and swanky hous­ing so­ci­eties with se­cu­rity guards of Mayur Vi­har Phase I to reach Phase III, from Delhi. As the name sug­gests, Mayur Vi­har was once a haven for pea­cocks. But com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion and ur­ban­i­sa­tion have proved to be its bane.

Phase III houses var­i­ous types of DDA flats rang­ing from 18 sq m to 112 sq m plot ar­eas. The area hosts l ow in­come group ( LIG), mid­dle in­come group ( MIG), higher i ncome g roup ( HIG), self fi­nanc­ing scheme ( SFS) and Janta flats. How­ever, if one wants to buy a plot in the area, the near­est op­tion is in New Kondli, where there are 32 sq m plots avail­able. Cur­rent land val­u­a­tions in the area are noth­ing less than ₹ 1 lakh per sq me­tre. The price has ap­pre­ci­ated by al­most five to six times over the past 10 years. The 1BHK LIG flat that was priced at ₹ 7.5 lakh back in 2004 is now avail­able at ₹ 45 lakh.

Most of the so­ci­eties are bustling, lively and busy ar­eas. The story, how­ever, is dif­fer­ent out­side. The place is ex­tremely con­gested due to shop­ping com­plexes and the three vil­lages in the area - Dallupura, Kondli and Gharoli. The ab­sence of a bus de­pot, un­ruly Gramin Sewa au­tos jostling for space and en­croach­ment by shop­keep­ers make walk­ing tough for pedes­tri­ans, es­pe­cially chil­dren and se­nior cit­i­zens. More­over, chain snatch­ers and pick pock­ets also add to the lo­cals’ mis­eries.

With DTC driv­ers aban­don­ing their buses near the Kondli Gharoli Com­plex -- a con­gested mar­ket area -- for long pe­ri­ods, the se­nior cit­i­zens in the area find it dif­fi­cult to walk on the road. “We had made sev­eral com­plaints to Delhi ad­min- Es­ti­mated pop­u­la­tion: 1, 50,000 is­tra­tion and DTC chair­man around seven years back to ask the driv­ers to park their buses else­where, but no ac­tion has been taken till date,” says Saroj Bala, vice pres­i­dent of Fed­er­a­tion of All RWAs of Mayur Vi­har Phase III, who has been living here since 1994.

The Gramin Sewa au­tos are a nui­sance too. “They don’t obey traf­fic rules, they park their ve­hi­cles at traf­fic sig­nals to at­tract pas­sen­gers and al­most hit pedes­tri­ans. This has re­sulted in fre­quent road ac­ci­dents in the area,” says S Sub­hash, trea­surer of Pocket 5 MIG flats RWA, who has been living here for the last 14 years.

Phase III has sev­eral schools too, and school­child­ren too find the traf­fic a threat.A child was re­cently hit by a Gramin Sewa ve­hi­cle in the area, Sub­hash in­forms. Sadly, there are no well- equipped private hos­pi­tals in the area and one needs to travel all the way to Noida to get med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

As for the cost of units in Res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial No of schools: 8 No of parks: 6 the area, Janta flats are priced be­tween ₹ 25 lakh to ₹ 28 lakh, LIG flats can be pur­chased for ₹ 45 lakh to ₹ 55 lakh.

The cost of MIG flats ranges from ₹ 80 lakh to ₹ 90 lakh and SFS flats are avail­able for ₹ 1 crore to ₹ 1.5 crore. How­ever, there is no big com­mu­nity hall in the area. The largest com­mu­nity hall in the area has a max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of 300 peo­ple, says Saroj Bala.

De­spite its share of prob­lems, the area at­tracts buy­ers be­cause of its prox­im­ity to Delhi and Noida.

“There’s no prob­lem with re­gard to wa­ter or elec­tric­ity sup­ply in the area, which has a huge South In­dian and Ben­gali pop­u­la­tion.

Prop­er­ties are also do­ing well in ter ms of real es­tate val­u­a­tion pri­mar­ily be­cause of the prox­im­ity of Mayur Vi­har Phase III to Noida and easy ac­cess to Cen­tral Delhi,” says Su­nil Tyagi, a real es­tate con­sul­tant op­er­at­ing in the area.

Mayur Vi­har Phase 3 is known for en­croach­ments on the roads and Gramin Sewa au­tos jostling for space

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