HYDERABAD: Dilsukhnagar has equal share of residential and commercial realty spaces, located between Malakpet and LB Nagar the area once a suburb has developed by leaps and bounds over the last 15 years.
Amulya Mantena, a property consultant who has been living in Dilsukhnagar from last seven years in the SBI colony says, “My parents moved from Kothapet to Dilsukhnagar as it was close to my school. We live in a rented 3-BHK apartment which is around 1 km from the Dilsukhnagar Bus Depot and the monthly rent is Rs 11,000 excluding the maintenance charge of Rs 2,000.“ She explains that commutation has never been a problem, “My school was around 2 kms from our place and now that I have started working I travel much more than before but it’s not a problem as there are direct buses from the bus depot to my office in Begumpet. The frequency of buses is good, every 30 minutes two to three buses go towards a particular destination.
Though, on the negative side the main roads are always chaotic and the metro rail work has added to the chaos.“ Dilsukhnagar is known for its connectivity with the rest of the city, the Dilsukhnagar Bus Depot is a major transit point and the Malakpet Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) is around 3 kms from the bus stop. Dilsuknagar is also popular for its junior colleges and coaching centres, it is considered one of the education hubs of Hyderabad.
Venkata Sri Raghuram, an IT analyst, has lived all his life in Dilsukhnagar and says it is an awesome place to live. The last 25 years in the Dwarakapuram colony has been peaceful and safe. He says, “There is everything here, I did my schooling from Dilsukhnagar Public school and then did my intermediate from Narayana Junior college, only after that I had to step out of Dilsukhnagar to pursue engineering.“
Swapna V , a teaching professional moved to Dilsukhnagar from ECIL after her marriage around eight years ago. Her husband’s family has been living in Bhavani Nagar from last 25 years, they have an independent two storey 4-BHK which is around 500 m from the main road.
She has noted that in the last eight years several residential apartments have been converted into hostels as many coaching centres and junior colleges have mushroomed in the area. “There are six schools near our house within a radius of 2 kms and because of this the traffic increases in the by lanes especially between 2 pm to 6 pm,“ adds Swapna.
“The area has everything in close proximity including restaurants and small takeaway centres. On Sundays we generally get breakfast from these centres, the food is tasty and the price is reasonable; some of the restaurants we frequent are Swagath Grand, Santhosh Dhaba and Jasmine,“ opines Swapna.
Raghuram says the area has developed gradually to meet the requirements of the residents. “There are seven to eight well maintained single screens in the Dilsukhnagar and recently a multiplex began operations in Saroor Nagar which is around 3 kms from my place. Dilsukhnagar has evolved by manifolds over the years. Earlier people used to go to Koti to shop for apparel or jewellery but today people from nearby localities come to shop here.“
Amulya also speaks on similar lines, “We have everything in close vicinity be it supermarkets, kirana stores, branded shopping centres or branded jewellery showrooms. We pick fresh vegetables from the weekly bazaar on Wednesday evenings. The kirana store is right in front of our house and the supermarket is around 500 m away. Dilsukhnagar has one of the biggest fruit markets also.“ Explaining about other amenities both Swapna and Amulya said, parlours are dime a dozen in Dilsukhnagar and most of them offer satisfactory services at affordable prices. Healthcare facilities are good in the area, there are multi specialty hospitals, diagnostic centres (Konark, Vijaya, and Likita) as well as private practitioners (Allopathy and Homeopathy) in Dilsukhnagar.
“My father-in-law and mother-in-law are diabetic and every month we get their health checkup done at the Likita diagnostics,“ says Swapna. “However, there are two issues which need to be addressed in Bhavani Nagar, first, there is a huge garbage dump on one of the roads close to our house, the bin put up by the GHMC is always overflowing and the garbage is littered all around. It becomes unbearable to walk past it because of the stench. Second, there are no parks for children to play. We live in a joint family and have six children aged 2 to 15 years, so they play among themselves, but they can’t go out to ride a bicycle,“ says concerned Swapna, a mother of two young boys.
Whereas in SBI colony the situation is better, “There is a park close to our house and there is a temple beside the park, so many old people who come to the temple also frequent the park. They also come here for evening walks,“ says Amulya.
She says, “The issue which needs attention in our colony is the water problem during the summer, water tankers are brought two to three times in a week.“ The water problem is also prevalent in Dwarakapuram area.
Dilsukhnagar has everything but it has mostly single retail outlets and definitely there is scope for development of better infrastructure.