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‘Encroachments, crimes a problem’

realestate Updated: Oct 04, 2013 16:51 IST

About 30 years ago, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) auctioned plots of sizes 40 sq m, 80 sq m and above, in what is today Yamuna Vihar. Envisaged as a DDA colony, the area had provisions for public schools, hospitals, parks and so on; it is divided into 17 blocks - C1 to C12, B1 to B5, with each of these residential sectors having its own commercial space and market area.

The residential market in the area has, however, taken a hit in recent years. Some brokers point out that prices have dropped by around 30% but the market is now on the road to recovery. While some residents feel that this is due to the impact of the economy, many are of the opinion that this price fall is due to the lack of proper facilities in Yamuna Vihar. Pawan Kumar Jain, secretary, Block C7, Yamuna Vihar RWA, says that Yamuna Vihar is lagging behind other Delhi areas when it comes to public transport, connectivity and traffic management. “I have been living here for 30 years,” he says, “and I have seen this area develop. Although the situation here is much better than the neighbouring areas, a lot more needs to be done. Connectivity is an issue that needs to be addressed. Yamuna Vihar is in dire need of a metro station but we have received news that the area is not getting one as part of Phase 3 or Phase 4 of the rail system’s expansion.”

According to a DMRC spokesperson, the proposed metro line, which was initially supposed to pass through Yamuna Vihar, has now been altered. The new alignment will now have stations in Gokalpuri, Johri Enclave and culminate at Shiv Vihar. “Residents of Yamuna Vihar will benefit from the nearest metro station, which will now be at Gokulpuri,” adds the spokesperson. The proposed Signature Bridge, when completed, is expected to ease traffic movement in Yamuna Vihar, Bhajanpura, Wazirabad, to name a few. Although it was supposed to be ready last year, construction is still in progress.

Arjun Yadav, who moved from Laxmi Nagar to Yamuna Vihar recently, says, “In Laxmi Nagar, we were staying in a congested lane and paying an exorbitant rent,” he says, “My office is close to Yamuna Vihar, so we decided to move here. It is relatively calmer; besides, the quality of life here is better, as we are now living in a much spacious house close to a park, and there isn’t much of a difference in the rent (compared to what we were paying in Laxmi Nagar) either.”

Another resident, who has been living in Yamuna Vihar for more than five years, claims that the crime rate here is high. “There have been cases of chain snatching, molestation and burglary. Besides, the area has many anti-social elements and this disrupts our day-to-day lives,” he says. Encroachments and violations pertaining to building laws are on the rise, adds Jain and this has led to congestion and parking problems.

Since this area was developed as a plotted colony, most of the residential units are independent houses with single, double or three storeys. One cannot find too many apartments here, and there are hardly any large society developments. Over the last few years though, vacant houses in the area are being bought by builders, who in turn are developing them into multi-storeyed apartments.

Residential prices here are around `2 lakh per sq m. While apartments (45 sq m to 150 sq m or more) are priced between `80 lakh and `1 crore, individual houses cost anywhere between `3 crore and `5 crore if they are on the main road, and `2 crore or more, if they are in the lanes.

Yamuna Vihar is one of the few well-planned and well laid out colonies in north east Delhi. The Yamuna Sports Complex, Vivek Vihar and a Ram Lila ground are in the vicinity. The closest mall, Cross River Mall, is around 8km away and is a 15 minute drive from Yamuna Vihar.

History

Yamuna Vihar is a DDA colony developed more than 30 years ago. Located near Shahdara, Bhajanpura and Maujpur, this is a planned locality comprising mostly independent houses. Each of the 17 blocks in the area has its own set of parks, markets, schools and so on

What to buy

Independent houses and builder floors of varying sizes are available here. Prices of apartments are in the range of `80 lakh to `1 crore, and independent houses cost anywhere between `2 crore and `5 crore, depending on the size and location

What to rent

Builder floors are the most preferred rental options here. Rentals here range from `10,000 per month to about `30,000 per month, for sizes ranging from 800-900 sq ft to about 1,200 sq ft or more