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Games village a residential address, finally

delhi Updated: Sep 26, 2012 23:59 IST
Sidhartha Roy
Sidhartha Roy
Hindustan Times
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Every time Gauri Shankar Gupta has to buy milk, bread or vegetables, he has to drive nearly three kilometres to the nearest shop. Gupta, however, feels that it is a small price to pay for living in one of the toniest addresses in town - Commonwealth Games Village.

The Guptas are one of the first to move into the CWG village, which has been mired in controversy and delays for over two years.

The Games village, with 1,168 flats, was built on a public-private partnership basis by Delhi Development Authority and Emaar MGF for the 2010 Games.

The 400-odd buyers of the flats, which were sold by Emaar MGF, were left in the lurch due to a contention between the developer and DDA over extra construction in some flats. Thanks to which, the buyers started getting possession only in April this year.

"I had sold my house in Ashok Vihar to buy a flat here and had to spend the past two years in a rented flat due to the delay," said Gupta, who runs a business.

"However, I am very happy with this flat. The construction quality is satisfactory, the location is great and there is ample greenery all around. It's just the kind of lifestyle I always wished for."

A house in an upmarket area is the biggest status symbol in Delhi and Gupta's friends and relatives are hankering for a housewarming party so that they can have a firsthand look of the Games Village.

Though there only five families living in the complex, each one in a different tower, Gupta doesn't think the area is desolate.

"The security is good and we feel completely safe here," he said.

V Vasu, who works for a power company and has also shifted with his family, echoes Gupta.

"It's a gated community with full security and one of the best locations in Delhi. We don't have any water and power shortage and the complex is also very spacious," he said.

Vasu, however, feels that the complex would need a specialised maintenance agency when more people are expected to move in after Diwali.

The biggest problem in the area is monkeys, rats and mosquitoes.

"Also, the gate near the Akshardham Metro station should be opened so that we don't have to depend on our cars always," said Gupta's wife, Sangeeta.

When the DDA had opened bids for 110 flats in May, a five-bedroom flat in the village was bought for Rs. 7.31 crore - more than Rs. 24,000 per square feet - making it one of the most expensive properties east of the Yamuna.