Anurit Kanti A condo engulfed in green spaces
Situated off Golf Course Road, this condominium takes up many sustainability works
GURUGRAM: Away from the roads and loud noise is a quaint condominium, DLF Exclusive Floors, which resembles a valley surrounded by high-rises. With a lot of open spaces and low-rise dwelling units, the residential colony is awash with greenery, in a serene location off the Golf Course Road in DLF-5.
At the centre of the condominium is the Central Park, which is landscaped with a variety of trees, shrubs, bushes and colourful flowers. “The Central Park has won a lot of awards. One that comes to mind is the award from Huda, for the best park in this area,” said Shashi Ranjan Prasad, the president of the residents’ welfare association.
With a plethora of sustainability initiatives, such as plantations, water harvesting, horticulture and waste management, the condominium has developed a reputation among the environment-friendly housing societies, with a holistic approach towards maintaining a healthy living environment.
“All the horticulture waste goes to the composting unit and the compost is for internal use. With this effort, not only are we avoiding burning the waste, but also negating the emissions required for transporting it to a dump site,” said Sanjiv Mathur, the vice-president of the RWA.
Keeping in line with the Swachh Bharat mission, there are facilities provided to the working staff for relieving themselves. There is primary waste segregation at the household level, wherein the waste is segregated into three categories — wet waste, dry waste and e-waste. The condominium has also stopped using plastic bags in its general store and has stopped generating paper bills, pushing for electronic transfers to keep in tune with its eco-friendly vibe.
Around 90% of the greenery in the condominium is watered with treated water from a sewage treatment plant, which is centrally managed by DLF. There are e-rickshaws provided for commuting to the Rapid Metro stations of Gurugram, in a bid to reduce emissions. App-based cycles, in a tie-up with a private company, are also provided for residents. An entirely Wi-Fi enabled society, there are cultural, literary and musical events held at the park periodically.
The condominium shares a clubhouse, called Club 5, with other condominiums of DLF-5, in which residents can become members by paying a fee. Club 5 has a swimming pool, squash court, tennis court, card room, gymnasium, spa and a variety of restaurants — Oriental Terrace, Portico, Aqua Bar and Sweet Curve. A dosa and Chinese truck also visit the condominium bi-monthly.
Besides the facilities at the club, the condominium has a football ground, tennis court and library. Classes for activities, such as yoga, dancing and painting, are held daily, and all major festivals are celebrated.
The residents of the condominium have their own app called Exclusive Floors, on which bills and receipts can be viewed, along with grievance redressal, complaints, energy monitoring and parking.
There are over 1,500 trees of different varieties that play host to a variety of birds. Bees, racoons, cats and sometimes, even monkeys, can be spotted in this biodiversity-rich condominium.
The condominium also has strong security arrangements in place. There are CCTV cameras at the gate, apart from many security guards. There is an access control system, for which every resident has a card, besides security on rooftops as well. Biometric systems are in place for all staff and domestic helps are going to be registered soon.
There are 600 RWA members and 11 elected association members.
Around 90% of the greenery in the condominium is fed with treated water from a sewage treatment plant.
(From top) The gymnasium in the condominium is fully equipped. The clubhouse has a variety of restaurants — Oriental Terrace, Portico, Aqua Bar and Sweet Curve.