With all this talk of Golf Course Road, Dwarka Expressway and Sohna, let’s focus our attention elsewhere for some time. Gurgaon’s Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) is located on the edge of Gurgaon city when one travels from Rajeev Chowk to Sohna. The road takes off from the intersection of Golf Course Road and Sohna Road just before Badshahpur. SPR when ready will link NH-8 and the Dwarka Expressway to Golf Course Road. It will add a lot of convenience to everyone on this side of Gurgaon i.e. Golf Course Extension Road, Golf Course Road and Sohna Road by providing commuters a link to NH 8 without going through busy stretches which pass through office and commercial centers of Gurgaon. Such has been the attraction of this location that players such as DLF, Unitech, TATA and CHD have their project in areas on SPR and around them. The Southern Peripheral Road effectively links two major arteries that pass through Delhi-NCR – NH8 and upcoming Dwarka Expressway.
Specifications of SPR
The Southern Peripheral Road is a 16 KM stretch of road that is 150 meters wide. When construction first began, the intent was of freeing up some of the heavy traffic that flows along the area. Having myself traversed the area, I can tell you that that goal has been accomplished. While the surrounding area, which includes sector 69, 70, 71, 73, 74 and 75, is clearly an area that will take time to hit its full stride (as many projects are still in the early stages of construction and much of the land is not built upon), connectivity and getting around is no problem whatsoever. Previously, one would have to take an extended route through Rajiv Chowk to get to the NH-8 so that one could take the road to Jaipur. With the SPR connecting directly to the NH-8, road travel becomes straightforward and hassle free.
One striking benefit of the location is that it is well connected to commercial hubs and major real estate markets of Gurgaon. To the north of this intersection is a series of already constructed luxury apartments, namely Central Park II, Bestech Parkview and Malibu Towne. To the South, about 20 minutes away, is a collection of upcoming housing projects on the outskirts of Sohna. These include Central Park III, Eldeco Accolade, and ILD GSR Drive, amongst others. As for commercial centres, sectors 71, 73, 74 and 75 have been designated as commercial districts, so we can look forward to SPR being a far developed property market. Travelling East along Golf Course Extension Road will lead you to Golf Course Road where most of the commercial and recreational activity today is located.
To get to SPR from Gurgaon, you would have to travel down Netaji Subhash Marg from HUDA Metro until you reach the Sohna-Gurgaon road, at which point you turn left. Head down until you’ve reached Badshahpur and the large road stretching to right is the Southern Peripheral Road. If you can’t spot it immediately, look for some apartments undergoing construction! There are some land acquisition delays which seem to have been sorted out now and road must be a reality in 1-2 years.
Why is the SPR such a big deal?
For one, it’s only a 20-30 minute drive from the following major locations: Golf Course Road, Golf Course Extension Road, Sohna Road, the NH-8 and Dwarka Expressway. Gurgaon’s centre is 10 minutes away, while the IGI Airport is about a 30 minute drive away. Current price quotes (detailed below) along the SPR are also lower than adjacent regions, like the Golf Course Extension Road. This is a big draw to the region as those who can’t afford Golf Course Extension properties can adjust here for a slightly lower budget. Of course, that doesn’t mean that properties here are affordable by any standard relative to many other areas of the city and budget of most middle class.
Being at some distance from the heart of Gurgaon and still up-and-coming, there aren’t many shopping or recreational hotspots in the area at the moment. But you can bet that it’ll be there in the future, after all few residential projects have offered possession and developers spot the promise here, if they haven’t already. (In fact, Emaar MGF has already begun construction of the Emerald Plaza Mall on the Golf Course Extension Road) One can always visit the Omaxe and Raheja Malls along the Sohna-Gurgaon Road for shopping and relaxation.
Properties Along SPR, Gurgaon
We mentioned that big name players are building projects in the area. Tata is building the Tata Primanti in Sector 72, Unitech has its South Park and Vista in Sector 70, and the Tulip Orange and Ivory are adjacent to Unitech. Other projects over here are the GPL Eden Heights, a premium residential project, and the Krrish Florence Estate. The DLF Alameda in Sector 70 is offering plots for sale. (DLF also has a few commercial buildings in the area, such as the DLF Corporate Greens)
The prices of available apartments along the SPR vary from Rs. 4,500 per sq. feet to Rs. 7,000 per sq. feet (and even higher depending on specifications), for residential spaces and Rs. 11,500 per sq. feet to Rs. 14,000 per sq. feet for retail spaces, if the online real estate figures are to be believed. Compare this to the residential price range of the Golf Course Extension Road, which is from Rs. 8,500 to Rs. 14,000.
Gurgaon has been a city which has seen enormous property development all around the city. Its borders are redefined by new masterplans every few years. SPR will provide a good link to many new emerging areas of the expanded city. The Southern Peripheral Road, which will soon be home to multiple high-end residential and commercial centres, will bring more gloss to a city that is living up to its nickname ‘The Millennium City’. Keep an eye on the SPR stretch, you can expect to hear it in the news soon!
Latest updates on development of SPR, Gurgaon (2016)
On August 17, 2016 the HUDA announced that the last remaining contentious issue of relocation of 16 plot owners who were inhabiting disputed stretch of the SPR have been allotted alternate plots in Sector 49, Gurgaon. With these people getting rehabilitated the HUDA is hopeful that the 16 km stretch of road will be ready by Mid September 2016. This news will come as a booster for developers on the Golf Course road, Golf Course Extension Road and the SPR stretch onwards of Badshahpur village.