Res­i­dents of Sainik Farms pre­fer to put off plans to sell prop­er­ties

Ex­pect four­fold jump in prices if area is fi­nally reg­u­larised by the Delhi gov­ern­ment

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It is one of the most pres­ti­gious unau­tho­rised colonies in the Cap­i­tal. What with sprawl­ing farm­houses, many of which are owned by celebri­ties, pow­er­ful politi­cians, top bu­reau­crats and wealthy busi­ness­men among oth­ers, Sainik Farms has for long been tagged ‘af­flu­ent’. Now, for res­i­dents, there is enough rea­son for cheer as the gov­ern­ment seems to be se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing reg­u­lar­is­ing the colony with other south Delhi ar­eas like Anantram Dairy and north Delhi’s Ma­hen­dru En­clave.

The Delhi gov­ern­ment re­port­edly re­cently sent a re­vised reg­u­la­tion to the union Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Min­istry for reg­u­lar­is­ing th­ese colonies. Its con­tention was that there should be no dis­tinc­tion be­tween af­flu­ent and non-af­flu­ent colonies for the pur­pose of reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion.

The ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­istry too has re­port­edly cir­cu­lated a pro­posal for reg­u­lar­is­ing unau­tho­rised colonies amidst con­cerned de­part­ments. How­ever, a fi­nal de­ci­sion on this is yet to be taken.

How have t hese re ports im­pacted sale and pur­chase of both built up prop­erty and plot­ted land? Lo­cal real es­tate agent Gee­tender Gupta says many own­ers who were keen to sell their prop­erty have de­cided to hold back and wait for the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion on reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion. Once that’s done, they are ex­pect­ing a four­fold jump in prop­erty prices.

Gupta, who has been in the prop­erty business for nearly 20 years was quick to add that not all prospec­tive prop­erty sellers were, how­ever, op­ti­mistic about the reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion re­ports. Know­ing that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gov­ern­ment is not in sync with the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment, they are scep­ti­cal about the lat­ter en­dors­ing any such move by AAP.

A for­mer area MLA, BJP’s Vi­jay Jolly said there are over 5,000 houses in Sainik Farms and most are owner-oc­cu­pied. Among the well known per­sons who own prop­erty here are le­gal lu­mi­nary KTS Tulsi, Congress leader Mani Shankar Ai­yar, for­mer UP trans­port min­is­ter Ashok Ya­dav, BJP leader Anil Jain and for­mer chief sec­re­tary, Pun­jab gov­ern­ment, SL Ka­pur, he said.

Jolly, who has for nearly two decades been call­ing for reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of the colony, had also cam­paigned for its elec­tri­fi­ca­tion dur­ing his ten­ure as MLA be­tween 2003-2008. He said he was pleased when the then Shiela Dixit gov­ern­ment had ini­ti­ated the move to em­power BSES to elec­trify the area. Till date, how­ever, proper wa­ter con­nec­tions and sew­er­age sys­tems had not been put in place, he said.

Sainik Farms came up in the 1960s and ini­tially was meant for de­fence per­son­nel and their fam­i­lies. It com­prised of land taken from vil­lages like De­oli, Khirki, Saidu­la­jab, Maidan Garhi and Neb Sarai. The colony as such was treated as unau­tho­rised, but as rel­a­tively mon­eyed gen­try bought land and built farm­houses or pur­chased prop­er­ties here its pro­file changed. Largely due to this tag it missed be­ing on the list of 1,218 colonies to be reg­u­larised in 2009. Even in 2012 it was not in­cluded in the list of 1639 colonies that were reg­u­larised by DDA.

Ex­pect price lev­els to go up soon over here, says Gupta. So while advertising prop­er­ties in the area he says this is likely to be the last chance for peo­ple in­ter­ested in buy­ing prop­er­ties here to buy at the cur­rent rates. The Delhi gov­ern­ment’s move to equate af­flu­ent colonies with non-af­flu­ent ones for reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion is be­ing seen as a step to­wards reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion. Should the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment make a re­lated an­nounce­ment the prices will shoot up, he said.

Prop­er­ties vary in size over here from 200 sq yard to an acre or more. De­pend­ing on the size, lo­ca­tion and its con­di­tion the prop­erty sale prices can range be­tween ₹ 30,000 to ₹ 1 lakh per sq yard. A house in a 1,000 sq yard plot is priced at be­tween ₹ 10 to ₹ 11crore, he said. An­other real es­tate agent, Rakhee Kalra, said

The writer is a se­nior colum­nist

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