Not many people like to venture out once it gets dark in Sector 82, especially the women. Many who have dared to venture out have many unpleasant stories to share. Take the case of this 34-year-old working woman, who lives in Kendriya Vihar, a group housing society of central government employees. “I was alone at home and because of some emergency I had to go to the Sector 110 market, which is just across the road from our society. I was attacked when I was returning home by two young men on a motorcycle. They snatched my purse and grocery bag and pushed me. I fell down and hurt my hand,” she says, asking us not to print her name.
Residents admit women are unsafe in this sector. Attacks increase in the dark as the roads connecting various sectors do not have streetlights. “Chain-snatching and car thefts are common here. Young college girls who rely on public transport for commuting are extremely vulnerable. “Women who have to take their children to their school bus stops are often harassed by anti-social elements early in the morning as the stops are deserted,” says another resident of Swarnim Vihar, a high-profile group housing society in the sector.
Since one finds a mix of residents from all income groups here – from the economically weaker sections to high income groups, many people here feel that some pockets have become shelters of sorts for anti-social elements. Many of them find a safe haven too in the under-developed neighbouring sectors where the population density is quite low.
Where facilities are concerned, each group housing society here has a small local shopping area. The only one relatively big shopping hub exists close by in the nearby Sector 110, which caters to the basic needs of the residents.
“We hope that once more people move in here the situation will improve. It is, however, very difficult to change the rustic mindsets of some people living in some villages close by, who are our immediate neighbours. Some anti-social elements come from these areas too,” says another woman who lives in Madhuban Apartments.
RWA officer-bearers from various group housing societies hold the police authorities responsible for most of their security issues. Says Om Prakash, president, Kendriya Vihar-II, “We don't get co-operation from the police. There is no police post for more than 25,000 people residing in our sector. We have been writing to the police administration but nothing has happened till now.”
“We have security guards in almost all the societies but we can't raise our own police force for our safety at public places outside the societies. Even when we report the matter to the police, they take it very lightly,” says Rajan Sinha, president, Swarnim Vihar, a society for high income group of residents.
The sector, located strategically from the real estate development and price appreciation point of view, has ample ready-to-move-in residential options ranging from R15 lakh to R1.5 crore. One of the biggest group housing societies here is the Noida Authority’s Swanim Vihar which has around 320 duplex houses and HIG flats. The same complex has around 1500 MIG and LIH flats, too.
“In 2003 when the Noida Authority advertised allotments on a ‘first come first served’ basis, very few people had turned up to buy these flats. That time one duplex house in 160 square metre area cost between R19 lakh to R24 lakh. Today its minimum price is not more than 1.5cr.,” says Sinha.
He adds, “Things have improved a lot since 2003 but still we have a lots of issues to deal with. A big problem is that the roads inside our colony have become thoroughfares. Hundreds of school buses, cars, trucks enter the colony, putting the safety of children and senior citizens at risk.”
Sector 82 came into existence during 2000-03 when the Noida Authority, Army Welfare Housing Board (AWHO) and Central Government Employees Welfare Housing Organisation (CGEWHO) constructed flats and allotted them to buyers or society members in their respective group housing societies. While the Noida Authority sold flats to the buyers of various income groups in Swarnim Vihar (duplex and HIGs), Madhuban Apartment (MIGs) and Udyog Vihar (LIGs), AWHO and CGEWHO allotted flats to their members in Vivek Vihar and Kendriya Vihar II, respectively. Besides these, Noida Authority also constructed a number of EWS flats
What to buy
Sector 82 has residential options for buyers of all income groups. While the lower income group people can look for property options in EWS and LIG flats which come in the price range of R15 lakh to R40 lakh, the middle and high income group buyers can go for 2, 3 and 4 BHK and duplex houses in various group housing societies. The prices for these flats vary within R40 lakh to R1.5 cr
What to rent
Various category of flats provide several renting options which can vary from R5000 to R20,000 per month. Just take a walk of the area and you will find many houses displaying 'to-let' boards
“Basic amenities like water and electricity are not any issue here. Parks are also to some extent well-maintained. Some areas, however, have become shelters for anti-social elements and cases of chain-snatching etc are rampant, because of which women are afraid to venture out at night,” says Sumit, a tenant
“Areas around Sector 82 are coming up in a big way as many big-ticket real estate projects, schools and shopping complexes are under construction here. A major one is the group housing project, Lotus Panache, which is right in front of the main gate of Sector 82. As the density of the surrounding sectors increase in the coming years, the prices will go up further,” says S C Malik, a local broker from Radhey Krishna Real Estate and Developers
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