New Moti Bagh

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New Moti Bagh
neighbourhood
Country  India
State Delhi
District New Delhi
Government
 • Body New Delhi Municipal Corporation
Languages
 • Official Hindi, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 110021
Lok Sabha constituency New Delhi
Civic agency New Delhi Municipal Corporation

New Moti Bagh is a gated, high security, low density, government built luxury residential colony made for the exclusive use of senior civil servants, Judges, and high ranking politicians.[1] New Moti Bagh occupies an area of 143 acres, in the exclusive New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area of New Delhi. It is located in South Delhi, near the Moti bagh, adjoining Chanakyapuri, one Delhi's most expensive areas, where land rates vary from 10 lakhs to 12 lakhs a square yard.[2][3] “Living in New Moti Bagh” according to senior Government official is "next best thing to living in a Lutyens bungalow”.[4]

To raise funds for construction of New Moti Bagh a three acre parcel of land contiguous to the project was sold to Leela Group, a hotel chain, for Rs 650 crore, or about Rs 216 crores an acre, which works out to about US 35 million dollars an acre at the exchange rate of Rs 62 to a US dollar. At this rate the total land value of the 143 acre New Moti Bagh town ship, called colony in Delhi, at current market rates, works out to about Rupees 31,000 Crores or about 5 billion US Dollars.[4]

History[edit]

Sanction for the project was given by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government led by Man Mohan Singh in 2007.[1] Work on the complex started in December of the same year. The project was assigned to the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), a Government of India undertaking.[4] The work on the project was completed in 2012.[1]

Residential Accommodation[edit]

There are a total of 492 residential units in the complex: 116 independent bungalows, and 376 large sized apartments. These residential units are provided to civil servants, police officers, and Judges, based on their pay grades, at a very nominal rent, free of tax, maintenance, security, civic, and other infrastructure liabilities, which are all paid for by the government. The residential complex is popular and has a 99 percent occupancy. All units, and public areas, have power back-up to secure the area against the fickle power situation in Delhi. All units are also provided with solar water heating, assured hot and cold water, high grade floor finishing, and modular kitchens. In addition to the housing for senior civil servants there are 500 units for servants and other service providers, classified as Economical Weaker Section (EWS).[1][4]

Type VIII Bungalows[edit]

There are 14 type VIII Bungalows in the complex. These are meant for ministers of state and the senior most civil servants and police officers in the government of India, with pay grade of Rs 90,000 and Rs 80,000 per month. These large bungalows are built on lots of 809.79 square meters (968.501 square yards), with drive ways, front and rear lawn and design features similar to bungalows in Lutyens' Delhi. Each bungalow includes four servant quarters and two garages.[1][5] The market value of this type of bungalow, based on current value of similar properties in the neighborhood, is between 70-100 crores ( US $11.3-$16 million), and rental rates would be several lakhs a month.[2]

Type VII Bungalows[edit]

There are 102 type VII Bungalows, each with a total area of 454.44 square meters (543.506 square yards).[6] These bungalows, which are smaller than type VIII, are intended for judges, officers with grade pay of Special Secretary and Additional Secretary. This type of bungalow have three servant quarters, two garages, front and rear lawns, and a drive way.[1] The market value of this type of bungalow, based on current value of similar properties, is between 40-60 crores ( US $6.5-10 million)[2]

Type VI Multistorey Apartments[edit]

There are 376 type 6A apartments in ten blocks. Each with a total area of 319.18 square meters ( 381.73 square yards).[6] These are meant for officers with the pay grade of Joint Secretary.[4] These apartments in addition to the dining and living room have 3 bedrooms, 1 guest room, and 2 servant quarters, and covered parking.[citation needed] The market value of these apartments, based on current value of similar properties in the neighborhood, is between 10-15 crores ( US $1.6-2.4 million).[2]

Amenities[edit]

New Moti Bagh residential complex is configured like a town ship. It has its own security, with CCTV, scanners, guards, captive power supply, solar heating system, solar lighting, waste management system, sewage recycling systems, water management systems, rainwater harvesting system,shopping area, bank, a restaurant, subsidized club, primary school, parks, jogging tracks, servant quarters etc.[4] The clubs has a swimming pool, tennis courts, gym, pool, billiards, table tennis, and a beauty parlor.[3] In addition there are jogging tracks, a shopping complex, a dispensary, a primary school and banking facilities inside the complex.[1]

Controversies[edit]

The New Moti Bagh residential club, in December 2013, become a source of acrimony between the Government and the civil servants. The New Moti Bagh Resident Welfare Association(NMBRWA), the Representative body of the civil servants, questioned the right of the Government to lease the club area to generate revenue, and threatened the government with legal action claiming that they have exclusive right over the use of the facility. Sudhir Krishna, Secretary, Ministry Of Urban Development, in response to circular by the NMBRWA warned that the residents are "tenants" of government housing, and “should not be demanding”.[7][8]

Water and Waste Management[edit]

New MotiBagh Township consumes 800,000 liters of water every day, or approximately 1626 liters per household. It generate about 600,000 liters of sewage per day, which works out to about 605 litres per household. The waste water is treated in a 'waste water treatment facility‘ which has capacity to 'purify' 5,60,000 litres of waste water per day. The surplus treated water,according to an official National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), “will be supplied to NDMC for irrigation and horticulture use".[9] The township generates 4.5 tonnes household and 4 tonnes of horticulture waste per day. This is treated in a solid waste treatment plant, and an organic waste converter machine, which has a capacity of 1.5 tonnes per shift.[9]

Security[edit]

There are three main entrances to the complex. The entrances are manned. The complex is covered by stringent security system with scanners and CCTV coverage etc.[3]

Transport[edit]

It is easily accessible from Health centres like AIIMS, and Indira Gandhi International Airport, one of India's biggest and busiest airports. Nanak Pura Gurudwara is also located very near to New Moti Bagh. The nearest metro station is the INA station, a 10-minute drive from the colony.

Shopping[edit]

There are three markets situated near the complex - Begum Zaidi Market and Basrurkar Market, in Moti Bagh, and the Netaji Nagar Market, located in Netaji Nagar. A CGHS dispensary and the Charak Palika Hospital are located near Begum Zaidi Market.

Visitor's attractions[edit]

The National Railway Museum in Chanakyapuri is also quite close to the New Moti Bagh GPRA Complex. In nearby Moti Bagh stands the historic 'Gurudwara Moti Bagh Sahib', built in 1783 by Sikh military general Baghel Singh, along with other noted gurudwaras like Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib and Bangla Sahib.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Pandey, Maneesh (16 May 2012). "Babu luxury: Bureaucrats and politicians get new address in south Delhi's East Moti Bagh". Daily Mail. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Chanakyapuri plot goes for Rs 10L per sq yard". Times of India. Oct 10, 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "NBCC New Moti Bagh Complex". Corporate communication division, NBCC. 30 April 2012. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "New homes for govt staff changing New Delhi". Indian Express. Jul 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ "e-Awas: Accommodation Management System". Directorate of Estates,Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "eAwas Housing Management System". Directorate of Estates,Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Dash, Dipak Kumar (Dec 31, 2013). "RWA fights UD ministry over New Moti Bagh centre". Times of India. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Dash, Dipak K (Jan 2, 2014). "Babus mull suing ministry for community hall". Times of india. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "New Moti Bagh gets 'green' certification". Times of India. Jan 13, 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 

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