Saheed Nagar loses its upmarket sheen
Jun 23, 2012
Source : The Times Of India

 

BHUBANESWAR: A Saheed Nagar address is among the most sought after and costliest in the city. Anybody who owns a house here is a millionaire because of the high real estate price. But it is becoming increasingly difficult to access basic amenities like power, road and water in the locality, dominated by prominent retired bureaucrats, several politicians and business families.
 
Bound by the NH 5 and Satya Nagar on the western and eastern sides respectively and Janpath-railway track on the southern-northern directions, Saheed Nagar was originally planned for 5,000 people. But at present, 30,000 people live in the area that witnesses a footfall of around 20,000 because of the offices and markets. The serenity of a residential area is vanishing by the day because of the commercial properties, said local corporator Umanath Mishra.
 
Originally planned for big residential bungalows sprawling over an average 0.1 acre, the area has become more of an office-cum-shop complex. With real estate price is shooting up, many people are tying up with builders to convert their houses into apartments, putting an extra load on the already fledging civic infrastructure. There are around 150 residential plots of 0.1 acre size in the area. Though government price is around Rs 8 crore per acre, the market price is around Rs 12 crore per acre with no plots valued below Rs 1 crore. Several hotels, showrooms and offices have come up in the area, choking the infrastructure.
 
"The water and sewer network built in 1960s is not ready to tackle the extra load. Water scarcity is worsening by the day," said Debendra Mishra, former state election commissioner, who resides in the area. The local corporator agreed with Mishra. "The sewer lines get chocked every now and then. Though these are cleared through the 2,000 manholes frequently, the garbage is mostly not lifted. It gets littered on the roads. I have raised this issue with the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) several times," said Umanath.
 
He said even the conservancy lanes have been spoiled. Despite cleaning these several times, residents and commercial establishments are indiscriminately dumping waste in these lanes. Tripping of power supply is also common because of the undue load, the corporator added. With public health and engineering department (PHED) pipe supply water getting scarce, people are increasingly relying on deep bore wells, resulting in receding of the water table.
 
People are very upset with the Cineplex coming up in the area. BMC in partnership with a private party has been constructing a five-storied shopping, office, residential and cineplex structure on a 6 lakh sq ft area. It would house corporate offices, shopping malls, retail outlets and residential apartments. "Instead of defacing the old localities, city planners should look for virgin areas to plan vertical structures where roads, sewer lines and power infrastructure can be made available accordingly," said Piyush Rout, a consultant in urban management.
 
The condition of roads are equally bad. A case in point is the road from plot no.I to the ESI Hospital, one of the major inner roads, that has been lying dug up because of the ongoing sewer work for around two years. "This road has become very accident-prone," said Dr Arabinda Mohanty, president of the Saheed Nagar Socio-Cultural Society, an association of residents. Among others, the road in front of Mayur Bhawan, office of director of Nandankanan Biological Park, is invariably water-logged.
 
Mohanty, who is a paediatrician, drew attention towards the insufficient healthcare facilities in the area. "There is no government-run facility to cater to medical emergency. The Saheed Nagar zonal dispensary should be strengthened to make it a full-fledged hospital with regular staff," he said. Dr Mohanty said many retired couples are settled in Saheed Nagar while their children stay in other cities. But there is no dedicated healthcare facility for them though Saheednagar has some good private hospitals.
 
The area has a slum population of around 2,000 people, who mostly reside near the Vani Vihar railway station. "Steps should be taken to refurbish the look of the station. Though it lies right next to residential area, it is in a bad shape because of encroachments. These should be removed," said Naresh Mitra, a resident of the area.
 

Latest Realty News

Land holding tax to go up in Bhubaneswar
Jun 20, 2012
BHUBANESWAR: The June 16 Odisha cabinet decision to increase land valuation by general administration (GA) department in the city to match the benchmark valuation of revenue department would result in substantial increase in holding tax burden on state capital residents. The Naveen cabinet asked the GA department to revise the land cost at par with the rate decided by the revenue department in
SBI Property Xpo in Bhubaneswar
May 12, 2012
If you had been thinking long to buy your dream home, your wait could just be over. The time is ripe to book your dream property. The State Bank of India is organising a property exhibition in Bhubaneswar from 18th to 20th May 2012 at Hotel Swosti Premium. The event supported by Orimark Properties will display all SBI approved properties and will provide the buyers ample options to choose from.
Major city road to get LED streetlights
May 11, 2012
BHUBANESWAR: The stretch between the Governor House Square to Jaidev Vihar will have light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights that have been provisioned by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC). In a recent meeting of the BMC, it was decided that the 2.5-km distance would be covered with LED streetlights. “Around 85 poles will be erected on the stretch between the Governor House Square an
Affordable housing units for building workers
May 09, 2012
BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has initiated steps for providing low cost housing units to construction and building workers under Biju Sramik Awas Yojana as part of the social security programme. Presiding over a high level meeting here on Tuesday, Chief Secretary BK Patnaik asked the Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board to construct at least 1000 dwelling units in
Insurance scheme to cover city’s poor
May 08, 2012
BHUBANESWAR: Even as the Centre is ready to provide housing assistance to all the Forest Rights Act (FRA) beneficiaries, the Government machinery seems not prepared to execute the massive rural housing programme under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY). The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) has already sanctioned an additional financial assistance of ` 362.52 crore for 99,986 IAY houses for
Government machinery sluggish in IAY programme
May 07, 2012
BHUBANESWAR: Even as the Centre is ready to provide housing assistance to all the Forest Rights Act (FRA) beneficiaries, the Government machinery seems not prepared to execute the massive rural housing programme under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY). The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) has already sanctioned an additional financial assistance of ` 362.52 crore for 99,986 IAY houses for
Govt and BMC play tug-of-war over garbage
Apr 21, 2012
Bhubaneswar, April 20: For the second time in a month, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) councillors opposed the state government’s proposal to float a global tender for sanitation work by dividing the city’s 51 wards into two zones. The sanitation work is managed by a private party in 51 of the BMC’s 60 wards. The remaining nine wards are looked after by the civic body staff. Today,
Signposts for name’s sake BMC move to help identify monuments
Apr 20, 2012
Signposts for name’s sake BMC move to help identify monuments A senior BMC official said that ultimately around 300 signposts would be erected across the city. Fifty of these will be in front of historic monuments in Old Town. Though the city has 320 small and big monuments (both protected and unprotected), only 50 major ones will have these signposts. Sources in the state government said the
Sanitation project yet to bring benefits - Cuttack
Apr 19, 2012
Cuttack, April 18: Residents of Cuttack are yet to reap the benefits of the mechanised sweeping and integrated solid waste management project that began nearly one year ago. Heaps of garbage are stilldumped at many localities in the city, which is causing inconvenience to the residents. “Things are yet to improve as there has been no change in the overall sanitation scenario in the city,” s
Gharabari.com Offers Free Advertisement on launching of its New Portal
Jun 23, 2012
Bhubaneswar : On auspicious day of Rath Yatra , the leading portal of real estate launch its new interface with added features to suits the user needs at large. The portal is going to expand it jurisdiction through out the country very shortly. On occasion of launching its new portal the company has extended its service free of cost to the user who want to advertise any property or projects fo

Latest Realty News Of State

Realty Talk's