Delhi CWG Village: DDA Offers 30% Discount On 3BHK Flats
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is now offering a 30 per cent discount on flats available in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village in a bid to sell 120 premium flats. That means that the plush three-bedroom flats, which were priced at Rs 7 crore, are now available for Rs 4 crore. However, this discount is only open for government agencies. Earlier, the DDA used to increase the price for this housing flats by 10 per cent every year.
HC Seeks Response From Centre, DDA On Residents' Plea
Update on March 5, 2018: The Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village in Delhi was developed when India hosted the global multi-sport event in 2010, to provide international style accommodation and facilities for the participating athletes. Over the last seven years, this landmark integrated community has been losing its image of a sought-after cluster of residences. The story about the residents living in the CWG Village is one of despair and struggle. Lack of basic amenities has forced them to knock the door of the Delhi High Court which has sought a response from the Centre and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) within four weeks. The intervention application filed by the residents in an ongoing dispute between the DDA and Emaar sought basic amenities and facilities in the area be made available for the residents.
MakaaniQ compares the picture of CWG Village, then and now:
All About the CWG Village in Delhi
*Spread over 157 acres, the project is located in east Delhi near the banks of river Yamuna and close to the Akshardham Temple. It encompasses a residential complex and a sports complex with several recreational facilities and practice areas.
*This self-contained township was developed by Delhi Development Authority and a private developer, Emaar India (Emaar MGF), in a public-private partnership.
*Built in a bustling location, the project is a part of well-established residential pockets of east Delhi like Patparganj and Pandav Nagar. The area is well-connected to important locations such as Noida, Mayur Vihar, Nirman Vihar, Preet Vihar, Connaught Place in Central Delhi, Chattarpur as well as Dwarka in west Delhi.
*The project boasts 3.8 million sqft of built-up space with over a thousand residential units as well as 70 per cent green and open spaces.
*The DDA had been auctioning the apartments most of them worth over Rs 5 crore. Most of the takers are private owners who occupy over 400 units while a majority of the luxury apartments have been grabbed by the officials themselves. Some of the flats were also converted as official quarters for the DDA employees. Around 60 of them were disputed and under litigation. The auctioning would fetch the DDA a massive revenue aimed to recover the losses it incurred by purchasing the properties from the developer.
The current scenario at CWG Village
*For a long time, the residents of this plush village had been facing difficulty in accessing essential amenities. Senior advocate Aman Sinha defended the CWG Residents Association and stated that the apartment owners are the real stakeholders in the project and they cannot be denied basic social infrastructure because of the ongoing dispute between Emaar and DDA. He stressed on the absence of facilities for daily sustenance including medical supplies and shops. The president of CWGAOA Bhushan Narula, emphasises on an immediate solution through the cooperation of all concerned.
*As part of what media calls a scam, major construction flaws were noted in the buildings of the CWG Village. Backed by the Ministry of Urban Development, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) had conducted a study and reported that poor quality materials were used for construction, costing around 190 crores, of the residential spaces. It also highlighted several structural issues like chipped concrete, faulty plumbing and wiring, weak beams and columns, etc. In fact, the Roorkee's Central Building Research Institute had predicted the lifespan of these buildings a mere 20 years. Apparently, the DDA had overlooked the defects which demanded repair and retrofitting and would require an additional cost of Rs 50 crore.