Congested and nowhere to go
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