At­ten­tion! Un­safe struc­tures here

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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.

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