Flyovers in Gurgaon – Flying over the Traffic Chaos

Traffic Havoc in Gurgaon
Traffic Havoc in Gurgaon

July 28-29, 2016 had been very hard for every Gurgaon resident and those commuting to/from Gurgaon. Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway was completely choked out at that time causing such a fiasco that shook whole NCR. This mess resulted in a complete grid-clock transformation of the city. The Government of Haryana along with National Highways Authority of India conceptualized a three-tier plan to resolve traffic mess of Gurgaon. This plan had three major junctions in concern namely- IFFCO Chowk, Signature Tower and Rajiv Chowk.

This vast project of redesigning the Gurgaon roads was estimated to cost Rs.1004.67 Crores, which included all flyovers and some underpasses as well.  Most of the structures’ construction work has been completed in just 240 days. It has also been said that the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and NHAI are likely to build an elevated U-turn at Sirhaul toll plaza, opposite the Ambience Mall, to resolve the issue.

Hero Honda Flyover

Hero Honda Chowk | Gurgaon

Last year when Gurgaon was struck under the influence of monsoon, Hero Honda Chowk was the worst nightmare of every driver in the city. The traffic there came to a halt for over four hours. To put an end to this issue a plan was made known as Hero Honda Flyover. This year, the situation has improved in comparison to the previous years. The flyover is an eight lane wide and 1.6km long bridge. It is facilitating a smooth commute between newly build sectors of Dwarka Expressway, Old Gurgaon and New Gurgaon. Towards Khandsa, the flyover is providing a smooth ride as a U turn at the Kherki Dhaula can be avoided now. Since the local traffic is travelling to Sector 10 via flyover route, the traffic along the Delhi -Jaipur Expressway has decreased considerably.

Atul Kataria Chowk Flyover

Atul Kataria Chowk is one the most used intersection on Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road. To avoid the traffic issue here MCG is planning to construct a flyover or an underpass. The civic body has already appointed a consultant to prepare a detailed project report.

Thanks to the crowd that originates from Maharana Pratap Chowk that NHAI also approved the construction. This flyover at Maharana Pratap Chowk is expected to smoothen the traffic flow from MG Road to Atul Kataria Chowk. An underpass or a flyover at this section would cut travel time for those who are plying towards old Gurgaon on a regular basis.

Management Development Institute (MDI) Flyover

Inaugurated in mid-August, there is skepticism this flyover might cause a bottleneck, instead of easing traffic flow. The reason behind this is that civic authorities have failed to remove several encroachments present right at the foot of the flyover at Sukhrali.

MDI Flyover | GurgaonThe flyover would be starting at the MDI gate and will be ending near Sector 17 gate. It will streamline heavy traffic from the local bus stand to IFFCO Chowk on the MG Road. Moreover, it will also ensure a smooth ride from the Atul Kataria Chowk to Signature Towers. The flyover is less than a kilometer in length.

Cloverleaf interchange on Southern Peripheral Road

A cloverleaf junction between NH 8 and the Dwarka Expressway will be coming up by The National Highways Authority of India. The heavy flow of traffic will be diminished by a great amount when this route becomes operational. The cloverleaf will be connecting NH 8 with the SPR and will allow traffic movement between the SPR and the Dwarka Expressway, saving people from the rush of NH-8.

Traffic Havoc in GurgaonThe impact of the flyover construction to curb the problems related to traffic congestion has been assessed in terms of traffic decongestion and how to save time. It was found that about 35% of the total traffic is diverted to the flyover, which results in a reduction of about 32% in the total emission generation. Travel on the flyover resulted in as much as 60-70% saving in time, compared to the travel on the main road, particularly when all the four signals are found to be in the red phase. The loss of fuel for combustion and the associated cost resulting from waiting for the signal to change are also estimated, and these are found to be significant.

Now, all the heavy load of work done by government authorities are being put through a tough test through this year’s monsoon. However water-logging problem has also been surpassed by keeping men at ground and proper monitoring of heavy traffic areas. It seems that the main tension of Gurgaon people, i.e. peek congestion hours and varied traffic bottlenecks have been almost curbed in the best way possible. Commute has now got easier and woes-free.

It has been said that the flyovers in Gurgaon will prove to be boon for residents and developers, alike, as they would reduce congestion and cut travel time drastically. Moreover connectivity to newer sectors of Gurgaon will be improved. On the whole, the recently opened flyovers will ease traffic and water logging troubles and aid housing demand in the Millennium City!

Apranje Amara | Luxury Homes With An Easy Commute

Artistic Impression of Apranje Amara

Apranje Jewellers is not a new name among the most respected jewellery brands in South India. Apranje Estates Ltd. is a real estate initiative of Apranje Jewellers. Since their inception in real estate, the developer has come up with projects recognised by fewer homes, prime locations, and innovative designs. Currently they are offering homes in some of highly-prized locations in Bangalore including Defence Colony, Koramangala, Nandidurga Road, Indiranagar and VarthurApranje Amara is a residential project soon to be launched by Apranje Estates Ltd. in Varthur region of East Bangalore.

Apranje Estates Ltd.: Design Approach
Apranje Estates Ltd.: Design Approach

Apranje Estates Limited follows a certain design approach for their customer’s satisfaction. They claim to apply the same for Apranje Amara as well. I visited the project site recently and this article will provide a quick brief about its current status.

Apranje Amara: Location & Infrastructure 

Essentials Nearby: Apranje Amara
Essentials Nearby: Apranje Amara

Apranje Amara is located off Whitefield in Varthur and is just 1.5 km from Forum Value Mall & Virginia Mall. It offers easy commute to Old Airport Road & Sarjapur Road. So, everyday commute to nearby work places would be easy & convenient. Also, the project is located in close vicinity to tech parks, international schools, malls & hospitals. 

Google-Map-View-Apranje-Amara
Google Map View of Project Site: Apranje Amara

Apranje Amara: Project Overview 

Apranje Amara is located in Varthur region of East Bangalore. It can be reached via Varthur Main Road, taking 2nd cross to the HAL Airport Road/ Madivala Machideva Rd in Sector 3. While continuing on the Madivala Machideva Rd, one reaches Apranje Amara project site.

Unique Selling Prepositions
Unique Selling Propositions

As informed, project is about to be launched with the approvals being obtained. The project would probably be delivered by 2018 as informed by the developer.

Approach Road To The Site
Approach Road To The Site
Apranje Amara Project Site
Apranje Amara Project Site Current Status

Apranje Amara: Apartment Types & Prices

Apranje Amara will accommodate 125 apartments consisting of 2 BHK & 3 BHK units ranging from 1200 sq.ft. to 1600 sq.ft. super built area. As inquired, the base price at the launch would probably be from Rs.4800 to Rs. 5000 per sq.ft. The layout plans & design will be finalized in due course.

Area Statement, Apranje Amara | Source: Brochure
Area Statement, Apranje Amara | Source: Brochure

Apranje Amara: Amenities

The developer has proposed many exciting amenities for its residents from private lifestyle terrace space to roof top swimming pool, and clubhouse to chill out, well-equipped gymnasium for the fitness freaks, guest rooms for visitors, jogging track, indoor/ outdoor sports for the sporty kind and a spacious party hall when it comes to organizing a gathering & play areas exclusively for kids. Services like in-house laundromat, car wash point, intercom & security, etc would also be there. 

Conclusion

While the project is about  to be launched, it has everything in the vicinity one would be looking out for. The project’s location makes it well-suited to being considered for real estate investment or even to settle down with one’s family. Also, the price range the developer is offering for these spacious luxury apartments is quite appealing. As inquired, the construction will start as soon as the approvals gets done which is likely to take few more months. While details regarding the probable price range and area are not yet available, we will keep track of the same and update accordingly!

Ceear Realty- The Hamlet

The Hamlet at its construction stage
Ceear Realty- The Hamlet Banner Outside The building
The Hamlet Banner By Ceear Realty

The Hamlet

For those looking to invest in a well-designed, one-of-a-kind apartment at one of Bangalore’s premium localities, Ceear Realty- The Hamlet can be considered as one of the options. Ceear Realty is a relatively new company headquartered in Mumbai, they are expanding their reach in the real estate world with projects all over India.

Located in Sadashiva Nagar, Ceear Realty-The Hamlet is a premium residential project that offers 3BHK and 4BHK apartments. This seven apartment building ov one of Bangalore’s finest lakes, Sankey Tank and offers a picturesque lake view sunrise every morning for the residents of The Hamlet! The project is under construction as of now, possession is expected in June 2017.

The Hamlet is every bit luxurious as it sounds, one floor, one apartment. This is a prime project, with only one block. The project is being spread over 3589 sqft- 6840 Square Feet.

Sdashiva Nagar roads, Adjacent to Sankey Tank
Wide, clean roads with trees hovering on both sides! A rare sight in Bangalore.

 

Location-

Sadashiva Nagar houses some of Bangalore’s elite families and individuals. It is an affluent locality in Bangalore and is one of the most expensive residential areas in Bangalore. It has great connectivity through BMTC, Autos, Uber and Ola. The closest railway station is Malleshwaram Railway Station (2.7Kms). Metro Rail has been suggested for this area as well. The project is well-connected with Sanjaynagar, Malleshwaram and Mekhri Circle. The premiere Bangalore Golf Club is only 2KMS away.

Sadashiva Nagar, while boasting its luxurious independent houses can be compared to a well guarded and a close-knit community. The residents of this locale have upheld a staunch stand against commercialising it. As a result, grocery stores and hospitals are located at Bashyam Circle or Vayalikaval main road. Furthermore, many schools and colleges are at least 2kms away, if not more. The area is well preserved, it provides greenery at every nook and corner of the streets. This locale is famous for Sankey Tank, a manmade lake that offers a jogging track. During the evenings, Sankey Tank attracts large crowds, street food carts and offers a vibrant cultural experience.

The Hamlet is an exceptional project that has checked all the boxes for a premium housing project. It’s a well conceived, highly versatile project that efficiently connects the residents to the rest of Bangalore.

Sankey Tank at Sadashiva Nagar opposite The Hamlet
The beautiful Sankey Tank that attracts many visitors

 

Specifications

An elite project that ranges between 3589- 6840Sq Ft. The project is designed as a one floor, one apartment. Hence it ensures full privacy for the residents. The project is designed to maximise lighting and ventilation in each apartment. The apartments are quite airy and spacious by itself. The Hamlet promises a spectacular view of the lake on every floor.

The builders have integrated luxury, comfort and independence in each home, they embody a vision put forth by the current residents and the future residents of Sadashiva Nagar.

The Hamlet at its construction stage in Sadashivanagar
The Hamlet being constructed (May 2017)

Amenities

The Hamlet offers unparalleled state of the art gymnasiums, swimming pools, clubhouse and a home theatre. They also offer a green and clean party lawn and an entertainment centre, all equipped with unmatched and best in class features. The Hamlet is a lavishly put residential apartment that is swiftly gaining popularity. The project is priced at different levels.

 

Price

3BHK+4T (3,589 sq ft) Servant Room:

₹ 6.64 Cr/

₹ 18500/ sq ft

  •  4 Bathrooms
  •  3 Bedrooms

4BHK+5T (5,890 sq ft) Study Room

₹ 10.90 Cr
₹ 18500/ sq ft
  •  5 Bathrooms
  •  4 Bedrooms

4BHK+5T (6,840 sq ft) Servant Room

₹ 12.65 Cr
₹ 18500/ sq ft
  •  5 Bathrooms
  •  4 Bedrooms

Conclusion

Luxury does come at a steep price! These apartments are beautifully structured and are located in a safe and expensive locale. Sadashiva Nagar is highly sought after by business tyrant for investing. Nevertheless, this project offers state of the art facilities, a new brand in the real estate market, high security and an astonishing view of the lake for evening tea.

This project is suitable for all ages, it is well connected to the rest of Bangalore. Many residents of this area prefer to socialise at the low park or Sankey Tank. Sadashiva Nagar boasts its age-old Sadashiva Nagar Club, a historic club addressing the grievances of the residents.

Although this project is well versed, the price is competitive and already have buyers lining up. This project is situated on the main road, that can cause hassle during peak hours. Especially during the evenings due to the visitors from the lake and loud noises from the street vendors.

The Hamlet is a luxurious project, it boasts state-of-the-art amenities with a comfort of a safe and secure neighbourhood. All in all, it is a project to be considered if you’re looking for an high-end home in a luxurious area!

Palava City By Lodha – The Scale Redefines Townships

If you understand Mumbai real estate it is very difficult to miss out the marketing machinery that is Lodha Group. Every project of theirs ends up creating a buzz during pre-launch itself. This largely is attributed to the way company spins a story around its products and fetches leading personalities to endorse their projects. Whether its New Cuffe Parade or World Towers, Lodha ends up being talk of the town. The mother of all real estate projects that this company has undertaken in Lodha Palava City, no wonder Amitabh Bachchan is the brand ambassador here. While there are lot of complaints one get to read about projects at Palava City we do not have any first hand experience of the same. Our note is inspired by the sheer scale of the project and ready properties therein.

Lodha World School, Palava City
Lodha World School At Palava City

Location: Dombivli

First time I travelled to Shil Phata was early in 2014. I was looking for an apartment to make an investment, but in the affordable category. Thus I reached Palava City by Lodha through Thane-Kalyan-Dombivli route after having gone for a few site visits at Kalyan, Dombivli and Ambivli. Since I ended up being late I could only glance at Lodha’s completed phase from outside. Though I did see kids playing soccer at a World class football stadium at Palava City. Our team’s recent visit was a study trip to Palava. We were informed that 13,000 apartments have already been delivered in first phase of which 7,000 are occupied. Take a step back and imagine the scale, many property firms will not end up delivering 13,000 apartments during their lifespan. A phase at Lodha Palava which is currently under development alone has close to 100 buildings under construction. One can see these under construction buildings along the Badlapur pipeline road when traveling towards Ambernath.

To reach Shil Phata we travelled from Vashi-Koparkhairane-Shil Phata/ Kalyan road. There is a narrow patch of road along the MIDC Pipeline off Shil Phata-Mahape road that we took. This patch of road got congested and the crossing ahead of it was also blocked. The drive from this crossing to Lodha Palava was more or less smooth though littered, a peculiarity of Mumbai. Yet again the sheer size of the football stadium impressed us. To add to it the Lodha World School building and the under development mall at Palava added to appeal of an area which I sometimes mention is jest as being in middle of no-where. The latter is just a comment on no suburban local in the vicinity unlike other areas in Mumbai.

Phase I buildings which are occupied At Palava City
Phase I buildings which are occupied At Palava City

Rates

But then Lodha has plans and this isn’t a few years project. To develop all 4,500 acres Lodha will require over a decade. Over time there is a likelihood – connecting roads, metro (Kharghar) and suburban local stations will come up. As of today Lodha is promoting “Epic” (code name) in 1BHK, 2BHK and 3BHK configurations. The approximate price ranges are mentioned below:

1 BHK- INR 34 lakh to INR 52 lakh

2 BHK- INR 54 lakh to INR 65 lakh

3 BHK- INR 68 lakh to INR 80 lakh

The other thing which we found interesting was the crowd at the sales office. It was a Saturday and there were families with kids at sales office to check out property options. These days most property sites aren’t seeing encouraging footfalls leave aside sales. This is why relatively higher interest by consumers at Palava was a welcome change.

On-Site Report

Truly to Lodha style of marketing a gigantic sales office with impressive lobby and master plans greeted us. The project sales office itself was a large hall may be size of several class rooms. We later travelled to other side of the road where the first few ready properties by Lodha are now ready. This is where Casa Rio, Casa Rio Gold and Casa Bella Gold are located. The entrance is about 1.5-2 km off the main road. One travels along the river, though as the case is with most rivers in Mumbai they only feel like river during monsoons, rest of the time they are filthy. There is a promenade which is now developed. Lodha Palava extends beyond these to about 4,500 acres till Badlapur pipeline road.

Palava City marketing office and ready apartments
Palava City marketing office and ready properties in background

The big draw for any consumer at Palava today is – unit pricing, proposed amenities, likely development of the area, improved connectivity and global scale of development. Though Powai isn’t the right example, but 15 years back not many people wanted to live there because of lack of connectivity by suburban local trains.

However, Lodha in its recent marketing campaign is comparing Palava City to Gurgaon, and we ask why?!!

Under construction phase at Lodha Palava
Under construction phase at Lodha Palava

Palava City Map

Map of Lodha Palava City
Palava City Map
Source: www.palava.in

Goregaon: And Ideal Destination- Past, Present, and Future Developments

A location which has a blend of both commercial and residential will eventually be an ideal destination. Goregaon – is that part of Mumbai Suburbs, which over the years has developed immensely in both the ways. With large space constraint & sky-rocketing property prices, commercial hub of Mumbai has developed significantly over the last 2-3 decades. In the past, South Mumbai was considered as the commercial hub on the Western line of Mumbai; however recently areas like Lower Parel, Kandivali, Bandra Kurla Complex, Goregaon & Malad have evolved radically to be among the leading commercial destination. The ‘Mindspace area’ which has a dual boundary touching Goregaon & Malad is one of the fastest commercial developments in Mumbai. Further NESCO which falls right on the Western Express Highway (WES) in Goregaon is an ideal destination of various exhibitions/fairs in Mumbai. Major commercial development is followed by residential projects, thereby improving the quality of living. The current work in progress of two major social infrastructure projects will make a comfort stay in Goregaon.

Goregaon Railway Station

About Goregaon

The development of Goregaon over the last 2-3 decades has been mainly attributable to plenty of open spaces. The development has been across segments namely infrastructure, schools, colleges, restaurants and markets. The population of the locality is also a mix of all the religions. Resembling to most part of Mumbai – Goregaon area is also broadly divided into East & West zone by the local railway station. Some of the prominent commercial localities in Goregaon include – NESCO (an ideal exhibition/fair centre in Mumbai), Film City (integrated film studio), the Aarey Milk Colony (AMC), The Mindspace area and the renowned Inorbit Mall (which shares the border to Goregaon). On the residential side, prominent areas like Jawahar Nagar, Unnat Nagar, Motilal Nagar, Bangur Nagar, Dindoshi, Gokuldham, Yashodham, Oberoi Garden City, Saibaba Complex are among others. The Goregaon area has some of the prominent names of School/Colleges/restaurants/malls which are shown below:

Category Name Area
School Gokuldham High School Dindoshi
School Lakshdham High School Gokuldham
School Obeori International School Near Oberoi Mall
School St John’s Universal School S.V. Road
School / College St. Thomas High School & College Near Railway Station
College Vivek College Siddharth Nagar
College Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research Film City
College Whistling Woods International Institute Film City
Malls Obeori Mall Western Express Highway
Malls Central Mall New Link Road
Restaurants Cooper Chimney Oberoi Mall
Restaurants Sai Kripa Veg Near Railway Station
Restaurants Westin Mumbai Garden City Western Express Highway
Restaurants Maharaja Bhog Oberoi Mall
Restaurants Udta Punjab Link Road

 

Goregaon – NESCO – Entrance
Goregaon – Oberoi Mall

The Aarey Milk Colony (AMC) is spread over 16 kms (4,000 acres) and have around 16,000 cattle’s which are reared on 1287 hectares of land and 32 cattle farms. The AMC also has a tourist attraction/picnic spot named Chhota Kashmir. It also has a lake with visitors often enjoy boating in AMC.

Up-coming projects might change the locality’s landscape

Goregaon has been more of a commercial place than a residential in the past. However the next phase of development is likely to be in terms of redevelopment of older areas (societies) which will gradually take place in due course. Apart from the re-development activity, the new social infrastructure development and high commercial activity has prompted with number of upcoming projects which are coming up in the Goregaon area, of which some are discussed below:

Project Name Developer Flat type Possession* Area – Goregaon
Sunteck City Avenue II Sunteck Realty 2 / 3 BHK 2019 West
Ekta Tripolis Ekta World 2 / 3 BHK 2019 West
Kalpataru Allura Kalpataru Developers 2 /3 / 4 BHK 2018 West
Kalpataru Radiance Kalpataru Group 2 /3 / 4 BHK 2019 West
Anmol Fortune The Wadhwa Group 2 /3 / 4 BHK 2017 West
RNA Exotica RNA Group 2 / 3 BHK 2017 West
Romell Aether Romell Group 2 /3 / 4 BHK 2017 East
JP Decks Blue JP Infra 2 / 3 /4 /5 BHK 2017 East
Omkar Ananta Omkar Realtors & Developers 2 BHK 2017 East
Chandak Paloma Chandak Group 1 / 2 / 3 BHK 2017 East
Lodha Fiorenza Lodha Group 2 /3 / 4 BHK 2017 East

*Possession year is tentative and might differ

Two vital social infrastructure developments will make connectivity easier

The Goregaon area is easily connected to the Western Express Highway (WEH) on the Eastern side and is connected to Swami Vivekanand Road (SV Road) and Link Road (LR) and on the West side. There are two vital social infrastructure developments 1) the extension of Harbour line platform from Andheri to Goregaon will make the commuters easily travel upto Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) erstwhile known as Victoria terminus and 2) the proposed two metro line one of would be passing parallel to the WEH on the East and other parallel to the LR on the West of Goregaon. The railway station is almost at the centre of the locality giving an easy access, if one wishes to travel by train. Thus Goregaon area is gradually becoming a quality living which is having a blend of both commercial and residential supported by required social infrastructure.

Goregaon – Harbour line extension (current work in progress)
Goregaon – Harbour line extension (current work in progress)