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Monday, Sep 23, 2019

A Gurugram condominium true to its name

The amenities already present in the condominium include a two-storey club house that contain a fully equipped gym, yoga room, table tennis court and squash court. Outside, there is a basketball court, a badminton court, two children’s park and gardens and sitting spaces.

gurgaon Updated: Mar 24, 2019 03:43 IST
Kankana Roy Jain
Kankana Roy Jain
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
Unitech Harmony is a housing complex located in sector-50 near Nirwana country, in Gurugram
Unitech Harmony is a housing complex located in sector-50 near Nirwana country, in Gurugram(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
         

Located at Nirvana Country in Sector 50, Unitech Harmony is a nine-year-old condominium that has constantly been revamping itself to keep up with its newer counterparts — the multiple high-rises on the adjacent Golf Course Road.

A 10.54-acre condominium with eight towers of 19 floors each, Harmony stands true to its name with a serene vibe running through the property. Whether it is the location, which is slightly off the main road, or the abundance of lush greenery, there are many factors that lend it an overarching tranquillity.

But till six months ago, residents said that was not the case. Gianchand Miglani, one of the first residents, said, “Till six months ago, this smooth panelled road running through the condominium was riddled with potholes. The RWA, residents got together, collected funds, and with the help of the estate management firm, built this beautiful road in two months.”

A new Residents’ Welfare Association (RWA) was formed after a partial takeover from the builder six months ago. Now, the newly elected RWA is planning to add fresh coats of paint to the building facade besides constructing a swimming pool.

The amenities already present in the condominium include a two-storey club house that contain a fully equipped gym, yoga room, table tennis court and squash court. Outside, there is a basketball court, a badminton court, two children’s park and gardens and sitting spaces.

Another feature that residents believe contribute to the appeal of the condominium are the large balconies and windows in all three types of flats in the condominium, right from the 2BHKs of 1,795 square feet to 4BHKs of 3,400 square feet, and the tough two-tier security that allows no one to come inside without notifying residents.

Meghna Singh, a corporate professional who shifted to the condominium eight years ago, said, “The flats are designed in way that they are well-ventilated. Though all high-end facilities may not be available, it is a great place to live. It also has a close-knit community where most residents know each other and have genuine respect and care for one another.”

Community living is clearly one of the defining aspects of the condominium that believes in celebrating all its festivals and all its residents with equal grandeur. So while there is a Young Hearts Club — which celebrates birthdays, anniversaries and all events with pomp and joy in the multipurpose hall and gardens — for residents above the age of 50, on weekends, designated chaat walas and ice-cream walas throng the condominium in the evenings to pander to the children.

Dr Rajesh Kumar Saxena, a former academician, said, “When we moved here in 2013, everything was not so accessible, roads outside were not that great, but things have improved drastically in the last two years. The recently constituted RWA ensures all festivals are celebrated beautifully. The estate management agency ensures all facilities and issues pertaining to plumbing, wood work, cleanliness, etc. are resolved immediately.”

The condominium has a 24-hour help desk to resolve problems residents face. Residents also try to adopt a sustainable and minimal approach towards celebrations by making and using an in-house Ravana made of recyclable waste generated in the condominium, using throw-away wood from people’s houses to light small but symbolic fires for Lohri, Holika and having a small in-house nursery to grow seasonal plants.

First Published: Mar 24, 2019 03:43 IST