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By Tripti Rai

The PIOs and NRIs searching for premium living spaces in Delhi now have a reason to applaud. Delhi Development Authority (DDA) with its plans to publicly sell around 152 ready to move-in flats in the CWG Village in June, 2015 has given the buyers something to look forward to.

The announcement for the online auction noticeably mentions that the bids have been invited from PSUs, firms, PIOs, and, NRIs in addition to the individuals. Interested people can visit the DDA’s e-auction portal: www.auctionwizard.in/DDA from 25th May, 2015.

DDA has estimated a reservation cost of Rs 7 crore for every 3 BHK flat. Yet, seeing the demand for a property in the New Delhi and National Capital region, the closing price can be expected to be well above the reservation cost, as suggested by the real estate experts.

The 152 ready to move in flats are 3BHK units and have a base area of approximately 3,000 sq ft. The present value of flats varies in the range of Rs 18,000 and Rs 23,000 PSF. According to Balvinder Kumar, the vice chairman of DDA, base price of the flats is estimated at Rs 3, 15,320 sq. m. The reasons like amenities, location advantage, and, large BUA are certainly going to attract the niche buyers searching for the high-end housing segment in the city.

Remarking about the price of property and buyers’ curiosity on the DDA online auction, Aman Nagar, Director of Paras Buildtech says that because of the prime location and the luxury factor linked with the flats, the price range set by DDA is right.

The total earning for DDA from the sale is expected to be over Rs 1,000 crore.

While this auction was deliberated some years back itself, Delhi Government’s plea in 2012 to occupy 60 flats for its official housing pool had postponed the plans earlier.

In the year 2009, DDA spent approximately Rs 11,000 PSF to develop the CWG flats. Out of all, 74 of these units were sold at a rate of Rs 22,000 PSF in the last auction that was held in 2012. The intention of DDA then was just to inspect if or not the auction receives a favorable response at all. The other lesser told purpose was to get clear of the inventory. At that time, the highest bid that DDA received then was of Rs 7.32 crore at a rate of approximately Rs 24,137 PSF.

But with the announcement of selling the 152 premium flats, the government has surely given a reason to the city’s property seekers to rejoice.

The formal advertisement of the auction is probably going to be aired from next week, giving the interested bidders enough time to index themselves for the event. The authority expects to close the sale by last week of June.

(Tripti is a writer for 99 acres.com. Her articles talk about new developments in the real estate industry. She is an avid reader and a keen observer.)

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India Can Really Take An Ostrich Approach To The Condition Of Women?

A total of 548 global experts on women’s issues , 43 of them from India

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BJP Leader Asks Parents Of A Rape Victim To Express Gratitude To Them
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-By Deepa Gahlot

You read with a mixture of alarm and scepticism, the poll report by the London-based Thomson Reuters Foundation that India is the most dangerous country in the world for women, beating Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

According to reports, a total of 548 global experts on women’s issues — 43 of them from India — were asked about risks faced by women in six areas: healthcare, access to economic resources and discrimination, customary practices, sexual violence, nonsexual violence, and human trafficking. And shockingly, India comes out as the worst!

We see women progressing in every field in India, but, there is also the increasing violence against women and young girls reported every day; not long ago, female tourists felt safe in India; but now, women travelling solo are constantly targeted. Everyday there are reports of the rapes and murders of minor girls, often accompanied by unimaginable torture and mutilation.

There has been outrage in India, and also holes punctured in the survey that has such a small number of respondents, but can we really take an ostrich approach to the condition of women? Even as education and healthcare improve for women — at least in metro cities — the contempt for women is socially and culturally ingrained in the Indian psyche. In a city like Mumbai considered progressive and relatively safe for women, the girl child is unwanted even by many educated and wealthy families. In spite of laws being in place, female foeticide and infanticide is rampant, to the extent that there are large territories where there are no girl children and brides for the men have to be ‘imported’ from other states.  As dowry murders and rapes rise, the more unwanted the girl child becomes.  The fact is that India’s gender ratio is deplorable.

And if the male child is valued over the girl child, he grows up believing that he is special and if he is thwarted in any way, he can resort to violence. In spite of education and exposure to progressive ideas, in the case of rape or sexual violence, the tendency to blame and shame the victim persists.

To give just one small example, in the West, accusations of sexual harassment resulted in united shunning of a man as powerful as Harvey Weinstein and many others in the wake of the #MeToo movement, that helped many women speak out about their experiences.

In India, Malayalam actor Dileep, who has been accused in the abduction and rape of an actress, and was boycotted by the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA), was recently reinstated. This caused shock and dismay among women in the film industry.

A statement by a group of over 150 women film practitioners says it like it is, “A body that is meant to represent artistes of the Malayalam movie industry showed complete disregard for its own member who is the victim of this gross crime. Even before the case has reached its conclusion, AMMA has chosen to validate a person accused of a very serious crime against a colleague. We condemn this cavalier attitude by artistes against women artistes who are working alongside them. There is misogyny and gender discrimination embedded in this action.

“We admired and supported the Women in Cinema Collective that was formed by women film artistes in Kerala in the aftermath of the abduction and molestation of a colleague, a top star in the industry. We applaud the WCC members who have walked out of AMMA to protest the chairman’s invitation to reinstate the accused. We pledge our continued support to the Women in Cinema Collective who are blazing a trail to battle sexism in the film industry.

“Cinema is an art form that can challenge deeply entrenched violence and discrimination in society. It is distressing to see an industry that stands amongst the best in the country and has even made a mark in world cinema choose to shy away from using their position and their medium responsibly at this important moment. Today, women form a significant part of the film and media industries, we reject any attempt at silencing us and making us invisible.”

The Gujarat elections have brought the BJP and the Congress in close contest with each other.
Indian women. VOA

The preference for male children has had some unexpected ramifications. In a working paper published by the American non-profit, National Bureau of Economic Research, by Northwestern University’s Seema Jayachandran and Harvard University’s Rohini Pande (quoted in Quartz Media), finds that stunting in Indian children could also be blamed on the cultural preference for sons.

“In India, on average, the first child — if he is a son — doesn’t suffer from stunting. But, if the first — and so the eldest — child of the family is a girl, she suffers from a height deficit. And, then, if the second child is a boy, and hence the eldest son of the family, he will not be stunted. This happens because of an unequal allocation of resources to the first child”.

According to the report, “When Jayachandran and Pande compared India and Africa results through this lens, they found that the Indian first and eldest son tends to be taller than an African firstborn. If the eldest child of the family is a girl, and a son is born next, the son will still be taller in India than Africa. For girls, however, the India-Africa height deficit is large. It is the largest for daughters with no older brothers, probably because repeated attempts to have a son takes a beating on the growth of the girls.”

Also read: Has Legal Framework Turned a Blind Eye towards Under-representation of Women in Indian Politics?

In spite of all the Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao rhetoric, the required shift in the male-centric attitude towards a more egalitarian one is simply not happening; or, it is a case of one step forward, two steps backward. The Thomson Reuters Foundation report may be unfair and skewed, but being known as the rape capital of the world does nothing to improve the image of India in the world or even in its own eyes. (IANS)