Attention! Unsafe structures here
Asmooth, non-bumpy and non- obstructive drive through ITO-Ring Road crossing to ITO Chungi region leads to East Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar, a highly congested but popular residential area because of its connectivity to central Delhi and Noida. However, the condition of buildings here requires the urgent attention of local authorities.
Laxmi Nagar was regularised by the government but nothing was done to rectify the structural faults in some buildings. “Structural safety is a matter of concern in Laxmi Nagar because some of the houses here have been constructed in a haphazard manner without proper approvals from the competent authorities, and building bye laws have been violated with impunity. As a town planner I think settlements without proper design and infrastructure are unsafe. Such factors make living conditions far from ideal for residents. Every building owner should get in touch with a structural safety engineer and make required changes accordingly.” says Pradeep Misra, CMD, Rudrabhishek Enterprises Pvt Ltd.
Located on Vikas Marg, Laxmi Nagar attracts students largely because of its low rental rates. Close to Akshardham Temple, a popular tourist hub, this area also draws crowds because of its numerous restaurants, clothing and electronics goods stores.
However, good Metro connectivity and a whole lot of shops and bazaars make this place polluted, noisy and congested. People from residential areas, too, visit the place for shopping and add to the chaos. Anju Pandey, a resident of Shakarpur says, “This is the closest market place for us, but it is so congested that I am forced to leave my 12year-old son at home as he gets very uncomfortable in crowds. I also don’t think it’s a safe place for girls because they are often targets of anti-social elements. So, I don’t allow my daughter to come here.”
Parked vehicles in every corner of the road and encroachments by shopkeepers leave no space for pedestrians to walk. “Every time a new government comes to power, they promise to widen the roads, this has been happening for nearly 20 years now. Roads should be widened and parking spaces created,” says Rajesh Sharma, a resident. Lack of public toilets for women adds to the problem. “They have no place and need to use the toilets at the Laxmi Nagar Metro station,” says Sharma.
“Good connectivity to Central Delhi makes for an easy commute and so people prefer to rent apartments here and that adds to the mess. Excess power connections also lead to frequent power outages,” says B N Mahajan, another resident.
Typical plot areas in Laxmi Nagar range from 50 sq yard to 200 sq yard. Current land valuation is at ₹ 2 lakh per sq yard. However, price appreciation has been negligible. Average rental prices start from ₹ 8, 000 onwards for a 1BHK apartment and renting a 3BHK will set you back by ₹ 14,000. Selling prices are also affordable compared to other Delhi areas. Whereas a 1BHK can be purchased at ₹ 14 lakh, a 2BHK will cost around ₹ 20 lakh and 3BHK apartments are available from ₹ 32 lakh onwards.
“Government officials make enquiries about properties, but demand for rented apartments is surging -- the Metro has pushed demand,” says Anil Tyagi, a property dealer.