Anu­rit Kanti A condo en­gulfed in green spa­ces

Sit­u­ated off Golf Course Road, this con­do­minium takes up many sus­tain­abil­ity works

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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.

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