Good atmosphere makes Rajendra Nagar likeable among residents
Hyderabad : Rajendra Nagar is a vast, well planned and green expanse with amenities for comfortable living. Its residents like the area as it is pollution free and peaceful. The area is about 15 km from Punjagutta, 21 km from Hitec City and 20 km from Secunderabad. While moving through the area one would primarily see many government residential colonies, a few independent houses and buildings and several institutes such as National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM) and Shadan Institute of Medical Sciences. Sivarampally, Raghavendra, Bahadurpur and Ekta are some of the residential colonies in the area. Gated communities have come up near the agricultural university.
Rajendra Nagar witnessed major demand for residential homes priced within Rs 20-40 lakh followed by homes within Rs 55 lakh. The average capital values in Rajendra Nager range within Rs 3,000-4000 per sq ft while the average rental values vary from Rs 7,000-10,000 per month. There is high demand for 2 and 3 BHK apartments here and it is easy to find homes in the Rs 25-80 lakh range.
Prateek Reddy, a young software professional, has grown up in the area. He lives with his parents in a rented 2-BHK flat which is part of a double storey building. Apart from their family, two more families live in the building and the building is built on a 250 sq yards plot. The rent paid by his family is about Rs 10,000. Reddy says, “It is a peaceful locality and there has been some development in the last ten years but there is still room for much improvement. Most of the residential units are in large colonies. It’s a great place to grow up. No other part of the city has huge grounds and open spaces like Rajendra Nagar. Of late apartments and a few supermarkets have come up. People nowadays buy plots here as a means of investment which can be sold later.”
Sameer Khan, a scientist who has lived most part of his life in the area says, “I live with my parents in our own independent 3-BHK house, which we built in the year 1994 on a 180 sq yards area. Back then the land cost us about Rs 8 lakh, today, the same house costs around Rs 60 lakh. The area mostly has two or three tier independent houses. But things are not moving ahead from the last couple of years in terms of new buildings as well as property prices.” Khan feels it is a good locality, calm and peaceful, and has a good environment for children. “People can be seen jogging and walking around on the roads. It makes one feel like it belongs to another part of the world,” he added.
Connectivity is not an issue except for a few parts of the area. Most parts are reachable by buses and autos. Reddy says, “The frequency of buses is bad, two to three buses come at once and then there is a lull for 30 to 40 minutes. Regular autowalas quote sky-rocketing fare and don’t follow metre charges, and shared autos fare depends on the driver not on the distance.” Rajendra Nagar Bus Depot and Mahatma Gandhi Bus Stop are two major bus stations near the area. Sivarampally station connects the area to other parts of the city via the MMTS.
On the brighter side, most parts of the area have a good number of kirana stores, supermarkets, and weekly vegetable bazaars. The modes of recreation are unlimited; there are a few single screen theatres nearby. While there are no big restaurants in the area, there are juice points, chai hotels, sweet shops, and Biryani points scattered here and there Khan added.
The area has become a lot more crowded and is witnessing a considerable amount of traction now. Reddy reminisces “Several things have changed over the last 20 years of my stay here. Earlier during festivals only 3 to 4 pandals were put up across the 15 lanes of the colony, but today each one gets its own pandal. Festivals are meant to be celebrated together as they give a sense of community and oneness but the trend look otherwise.”
The area is filled with scenic spots such as the Horticulture Garden, Mir Alam Cheruvu, Peeran Cheruvu, Palle Cheruvu and Mughal Garden. Tourist spots such as Golconda Fort, Mecca Masjid, Nehru Zoological Park, Chowmahalla Palace are also in close vicinity.