Garbage, pol­lu­tion add to Dwarka’s woes

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Lo­cated in south­west Delhi, cl ose t o t he do­mes­tic and i nter­na­tional air­port and Gur­gaon, Dwarka is an ideal ad­dress for peo­ple work­ing in any part of Delhi-NCR but keen for an ad­dress in the Cap­i­tal.

As prop­erty dealer Ra­jneesh Garg says, “Though one can buy a house in a much posh lo­ca­tion in Gur­gaon with a sim­i­lar cir­cle rate, one prefers Dwarka as good ap­pre­ci­a­tion in prop­erty prices in the area is ex­pected in the com­ing years.”

How­ever, Dwarka scores low on a num­ber of points, say lo­cals, es­pe­cially when it comes to va­cant plots, ill-main­tained parks and dumped con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als (malba) and garbage across lanes and in sev­eral ar­eas. De­spite sev­eral com­plaints made by lo­cal RWAs and res­i­dents to SDMC, DDA and Delhi po­lice, the sit­u­a­tion has not changed,” says Arvin­der Singh Ch­hat­wal, joint sec­re­tary, Dwarka Fo­rum and a res­i­dent of Dwarka Sec­tor 8.

Lack of po­lice pa­trolling and dim street lights makes the last mile con­nec­tiv­ity from Dwarka’s Metro sta­tions to hous­ing so­ci­eties highly un­safe. “After 7 pm, it is not a safe walk for women. Po­lice pa­trolling is min­i­mal in this area. In­ci­dents of bag and chain snatch­ing are com­mon. There are no lights in the ser­vice lanes here. How­ever, the RWA mem­bers here have writ­ten to the lo­cal MLA and hope that lights will be in­stalled by next month,” a woman living in Sec­tor 9 who did not want to be named said.

The near­est main mar­ket for res­i­dents living in sec­tors 8 and 9 is at Ram­phal Chowk in Sec­tor-7, about three kilo­me­ters away. “Land ear­marked by DDA for a shop­ping cen­tre for Sec­tor 8 is be­ing used by SDMC for their of­fices and also for park­ing of garbage dis­posal ve­hi­cle and dump­ing of old dust­bins,” says Ch­hat­wal.

Though Sec­tor 8 alone has a num­ber of parks, about 50% of th­ese green ar­eas are not main­tained and are vir­tu­ally in­ac­ces­si­ble to res­i­dents.

House hunters can f i nd nu­mer­ous op­tions here, with around 23 multi- storey co­op­er­a­tive group hous­ing so­ci­eties and sev­eral DDA flats in Sec­tor 7. Sec­tor 8 was de­vel­oped by DDA after al­lot­ment of around 1,000 res­i­den­tial plots on the out­skirts of Bag­dola vil­lage.

One can see in­de­pen­dent houses and four-storey res­i­den­tial floors be­ing con­structed by the builders on the DDA al­lot­ted plots. In Sec­tor 9, there are around 17 multi-storey co­op­er­a­tive group hous­ing so­ci­eties apart from sev­eral DDA al­lot­ted flats.

The near­est private hos­pi­tals for res­i­dents living in sec­tors 7, 8 and 9 are in sec­tors 12 and 13, among oth­ers. How­ever, in case of med­i­cal emer­gency, one needs to travel all the way to Gur­gaon, Vas­ant Kunj or Janakpuri to ac­cess multi-spe­cial­ity hos­pi­tals.

Though there are no plots in sec­tors 7 and 9, one can find plots sized 72 square yard, 120 sq yd and 210 sq yd priced at 1 crore,

1.70 crore and 2.25 crore, re­spec­tively, in Sec­tor 8. Two 2BHK and 3BHK apart­ments for 35 lakh on­wards and 72 lakh on­wards, re­spec­tively, are also avail­able for sale in the sec­tor.

De­mand in sec­tors 7 and 8 “has been con­sis­tently low dur­ing the past four years. There was an ini­tial surge when the Metro started ser­vices, but now peo­ple mostly look for rental op­tions here,” says Man­ish Verma, a prop­erty dealer. One can rent 2BHK apart­ments start­ing at 11,000; 3BHK apart­ments start­ing at 15, 000 and 4BHK at

25, 000. In sec­tor 8, 2BHK apart­ments are avail­able for 10, 000 on­wards. The sec­tor also has a few 3BHK rental op­tions start­ing at 18,000. In Sec­tor 9, too, one can rent 2BHK apart­ments for

15,000 on­wards.

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