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Why DDA shops find no buyers

When Subhash Kapoor, owner of ?Punjabi Rasoi?, decided to buy a shop to open the restaurant, he choose DDA?s shopping centre in New Rajinder Nagar.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 04:22 IST

When Subhash Kapoor, owner of ‘Punjabi Rasoi’, decided to buy a shop to open the restaurant, he choose DDA’s shopping centre in New Rajinder Nagar.

The experience turned out to be a bitter one.

“Despite being an authorised shop, DDA or MCD authorities have not providing it basic amenities like drinking water and drainage,” Kapoor said.

Lack of amenities isn’t the only problem. While DDA has built 125 shops here, only 31 are functioning. The complex wears a desolate look as, only metres away, shops running illegally from the residential part of the colony do roaring business. “The shops are lying vacant because the market is not easily accessible. Customers flock to shops on Shankar Road, which are illegal,” said Gurdeep Singh, another shopowner.

New Rajinder Nagar is only one example. In many colonies of Delhi, DDA’s commercial complexes are half empty but houses near main roads fully commercialised. The reason is simple: compared to DDA’s shops or commercial plots, prices in residential areas are much cheaper. Moreover, illegal shops and showrooms are on main roads while DDA’s commercial complexes are generally not that accessible.

“A case in point is Rohini. Prices here are so high people prefer to go to residential areas,” a senior DDA official said. Commercialisation of residential properties is rampant in Rohini while DDA commercial complexes are largely unoccupied. “Why should I venture to the DDA shopping centre when a shop operates just below my house,” Dinesh Sharma, a Rohini resident, said.

Similarly in East of Kailash, there is extensive commercialisation on the main road but the local DDA shopping centre presents a sorry state.

“It’s badly maintained and has mainly offices and godowns, which are of no use to residents,” Ramesh Sharma of E block RWA, East of Kailash, said.

DDA has developed 600 commercial complexes but in Rohini, Vasant Kunj, Narela, Dwarka, CBD Shahdara, Jasola and Saket district centre, it has not received a favourable response.