Located in southwest Delhi, close to the domestic and international 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 find 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 Rs 1 crore, Rs 1.70 crore and Rs 2.25 crore, respectively, in Sector 8. 2BHK and 3BHK apartments for Rs 35 lakh onwards and Rs 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 Rs 11,000; 3BHK apartments starting at Rs 15, 000 and 4BHK at Rs 25, 000. In sector 8, 2BHK apartments are available for Rs10, 000 onwards. The sector also has a few 3BHK rental options starting at Rs 18,000. In Sector 9, too, one can rent 2BHK apartments for Rs 15,000 onwards.
Odd-even plan was a blessing: A resident speaks
Despite being a well-connected area in Delhi, living in the southern part of the Dwarka sub-city, especially sectors 7, 8 and 9, is not easy. Surrounded by unauthorised colonies and villages, these sectors lack basic facilities such as a multi-speciality hospital, safe and clean roads, and accessible parks. Dumped garbage and construction material and air and sound pollution add to the woes of the residents living here.
In sectors 7 and 8, the land running parallel to the railway track is being used by local building contractors for dumping rubble. Ideally, they should create their own space for storing materials and not use the public space. When the contractors transport building material in open vehicles everything gets covered with dust leading to severe air pollution.
Traffic jams cause problems too. The two main entry points to Dwarka -- the Palam flyover near Sector 7 leading to the domestic airport and the underpass near Dwarka Sector 21 are highly congested and again pollute the area. Ideally, the traffic police should make it one way traffic during peak hours, maybe use roads behind Sector 23 to divert the traffic. The 15-day odd-even plan gave us a respite as the number of vehicles clogging two entry points was much lower than on regular days.