As Delhi is gearing up for the Commonwealth Games, all eyes are set on the Commonwealth Village which promises state of the art facilities specially designed to be the home for over 8000 finest athletes of the participating countries.
Photo by anselmogzIt is being constructed in partnership between the Emaar MGF and the Delhi Development Authority. It’s being built next to the very famous Akshardham temple with easy access to and from south and central part of the capital. The village consists of 34 towers spread around 27 acres of land that have 1168 flats (2-5BHK) with five star amenities. It is full of plush green lawns, a swimming pool which could host competitions as well and that’s saying something, a world class health club with fully equipped gymnasium, tennis court, basketball court, kid’s crèche, play area and what not.
It was said that after the games are over the village will serve as the hostel for the students of Delhi University. The plan looks on hold as of now.
The approximate prices of the houses eyed by the real estate players are:
2 BHK (1443 sq. ft.) – Rs. 13250/- sq. ft. (Approx. Rs. 1.85 cr onwards)*
3 BHK (2092 sq. ft.) – Rs. 13250/- sq. ft. (Approx. Rs. 2.60 cr onwards)*
4 BHK (2535 sq. ft.) – Rs. 14000/- sq. ft. (Approx. Rs. 3.50 cr onwards) *
5 BHK (3278 sq. ft.) – Rs. 15000/- sq .ft. (Approx. Rs. 4.50 cr onwards)*
*Preferential Location Charges as applicable
But the candy of the eye will be the village going green. The building will be certified ‘Green’. On Saturday the Chief Minister inaugurated a 66/11 kV grid sub-station that will provide uninterrupted power supply. The Rs. 40 cr sub-station has been constructed by the power distribution company, BYPL, in a record time of 13 months.
She expressed confidence that the Commonwealth Games would prove to be a “memorable event and will be able to showcase Delhi as a developed, historical, modern and vibrant city.”
But to all this there is a flip side as well, the Environmentalists claim it’s not a smart thing to build these massive buildings on the banks of the Yamuna. They believe that the village will hamper the flow of groundwater that replenishes the seasonal river, effectively choking it which in turn will increase the shortage of water supply in the city.
Anyways amidst all this the excitement and the speed of preparation for the games the nature has been left to the mercy of gods and the babus. The city people can just sit, pray and watch.