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Thursday, March 3, 2011

To Action Area III in third gear !

It has been over a month now since the Bailey bridge connecting the rest of township to Action Area III collapsed. There is no news of replacing it with a new bridge yet. Instead what has come up is this signage.


So, as suggested we took the Bagjola Canal expressway to get to AA III – which has some of the shining stars of New Town – the much talked about and well advertised, the Keppel Magus venture Garden Elita Vista, Shapoorji Pallonji Mass Housing - Shukhobrishti, and the DLF project.

Check out this video for the ride to AA III, in third gear !

In my previous post, I have made it clear, how I have been enamored by the precise execution of the SP project. My stand feels vindicated, as nearly a dozen families have already moved in despite poor infrastructure in the area, bad roads, no daily need stores and even not very many neighbors.

In talking to a SP personnel, they confirmed that electricity has been brought to the LIG section of the housing, via underground cabling. There has been and still is stiff opposition in erecting power poles for overhead distribution of power. Also underground water is being bored for distributing to the residents. However lately some projects have been promised water to be supplied to the New Town area. Boring water tends to be prone to contamination, in addition to disturb the ecological balance of an area.

In the name of public transport there are some stray and rickety auto-rickshaws which run sporadic services to the area.

I accompanied a friend who has invested in the MIG section of the SP project. We were able to take a driving tour of the MIG site and also took a tour of the model apartment.


Just across the street, is Garden Elita Vista – A Keppel Magus venture, promising us Singapore in New Town.

23022011043 Keppel Magus

23022011044 Singapore in New Town

We walked inside the glass gates at the Elita Vista site, and met up with one of their executives Sourish. He identified us instantly from our many previous and frequent visits. He had his reasons to cast his doubt about our purpose of these visits. We had to tell him about the this blog the social cause we were serving. It helps me make me feel good about myself :)


We sat down and talked with Sourish and got his take on what he thinks of Action Area III and the infrastructural issues plaguing it. He confirmed that the electricity is being brought in with the aid of underground cabling. And HIDCO has okayed the developers to dig the ground for water. We agreed that the politics was damning the development and progress of New Town. He was not sure, if much would change post-elections either. If a new government is sworn in.

He liked the idea of this blog and asked me who do I intend to save it from ? Pat came the reply. From our political masters, who are using this as a tug of war. And even HIDCO, given their lackadaisical pace of work. Sourish came up with a good one – he said, ‘One can’t save a baby from it’s mother’. The inference being – New Town is the baby and HIDCO and our political masters being joint-mothers !

He was able to give us some stats. Only about 105 flats out of about 680 flats are all that are remaining. As per him, about 97% of the units have been purchased by end-users. He also added that phase 1 was to be handed over in October this year. Seeing the progress, it certainly seems doable. 23022011050

 Workers laying down underground electrical cables

26022011067The big cable spool !

To conclude, it does look like AA – III is gearing up for prime time. If the infrastructural activity keeps up the pace, along with the developers handing over the apartment to it’s rightful owners. Winds of change may be blowing in the direction it needs to. Let us at least hope so.


  1. pls. do a review of AAII as well!

  2. Sam - Will do, You interested in any particular project ? Look for it by Sunday.

  3. What about the status of the individual and cooperative plots in AAIII?AAAIII/1 plots are before Uniworld city behind rosedale and AAIII/2 plots are after uniworld.Its okay to check if the big projects are progressing but i think you should try to find out about the individual and coop plots mentioned in this comment.HIDCO has given no feedback to us the owners of individual and coop plots as to what is happeniing and as to when we might gain possession of our plots.

  4. Thanks for keeping us posted!!!
    Love your write up....

  5. @Nabarun - Individual co-oops are very much on my radar. Just that haven't had a chance to do a write up on them. Will do. Visiting one today. HIDCO had arranged for a forum/seminar for New Town-ers a couple of months back. Even I missed it, as I wasn't aware of it. Will keep you posted. Will also be visiting the new HIDCO Bhavan this week !

  6. @Nicky - Thanks ! For a blogger is nothing without it's readers :)

  7. Thanks newkidontheblog.Please let me know if any such seminars are scheduled for the future.Would like to attend.the delay in handing over the plots in AA-III is almost two years now and all our plans financial and others have gone haywire because of HIDCO's unprofessional and unhelpful approach.

  8. Nice update!

    Did you also go and see the DLF and Tata luxury housing project?When i visited that area it was being built at a fast pace,but apparently DLF is way behind schedule in handing over units.

  9. Your blog is awesome !

    Can you please provide updates on rajarhat financial hub ?

  10. thanks newkid; am moving to Akankhna (AAII) very soon; would be interested in what amenities (parks, utility markets etc.) are being developed around it.


  11. @Avishar - Had visited Tata Primo Housing a few months back. I liked what they had to offer, if they could finish it in time. Albeit supremely expensive. DLF has multiple projects in the fire, which one are you referring to. Regarding delays. It is now the order of the day. Nothing surprises me these days !

  12. @Rajarshi - Thanks ! Glad you like what you see and read. Will provide an update on the financial hub in a few days time.

  13. Sam - Are you based in Calcutta presently ? When do you plan to move to Akankha, how soon is soon ? Had visited Akankha a few months back. Can you give me flat#/unit#, so when I visit I can use that as proxy :) Otherwise, they are sometimes a little apprehensive about letting people in.

  14. Great job NewKid. That provides a lot of information about the area. If possible, have a look at Sunny Fort when you go for Akankha. Thanks.

  15. @RG - I sure will. Can you please confirm, are you based at Calcutta ?

  16. @NewKid - I am in California but may move soon.

  17. @RG - Be sure to catch up when in town ! I myself will be stateside next month for a few weeks. Will be parked on the east coast though for a week and then will be based at Fairmont, WV for the remainder of the trip !

  18. @Nicky - Thanks a lot. Glad you like it. Will continue to post and provide updates, till death does us part :)

  19. You're doing an awesome job!!! Thanks!

  20. hey bolggers you are really doing a awesome job ... kudos .... !!!!

  21. Hey buddy, where are post in ages :(

  22. Can anyone update me on the status of the individual plot in AAIII B.Till date have not yet received any proper feedback from HIDCO although its long behind the schedule for delivering the possession as committed by HIDCO

  23. Can anyone update me on the status of the individual plot in AAIII B.Till date have not yet received any proper feedback from HIDCO although its long behind the schedule for delivering the possession as committed by HIDCO


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