Those who missed the Gurgaon real estate train will repent till eternity so when I got the news that Bhiwadi is the new kid on the block I did not want to miss the chance.
In this part of NCR, Bhiwadi seems the logical destination to invest in real estate. Gurgaon, Manesar and Dharuhera are already out of the reach for most people. The magic numbers of 2000/psqf and below in Bhiwadi are quite enticing, so what if you have to drive another 50kms from Gurgaon? Nh-8 is a darling to drive on most of the times.
One fine Sunday I decided to visit the ground zero. I had called the driver at 9:30am and by 10:15am we were at Signature tower, Gurgaon.
As you move towards Bhiwadi you will come to know that NH-8 is a pig on which they have put lipstick around Gurgaon area. There are lots of fly over construction in progress but I do not know for how long this has been going on or how long it would take for completion.
Well, I was exaggerating a little about the road condition, till Manesar it is fine but after that it is just like a normal small town road. I am sure in 4-5 years things will improve on this part.
There was long traffic jam just before Dharuhera. By long I mean like 1-2 hrs long. This did not seem to be a daily affair. We enquired many people and finally found out that due to yesterday’s heavy rain, there was water logging on the road, making it difficult for vehicles to cross. A small water pump was taking out the water but sadly that was not enough. The situation was same even after 4-5 hours, while we were returning. Thankfully we were on the other side of the road this time, where it was just plain old traffic.
The area where residential projects are located is at some distance from the NH-8 so you have to cross part of Dharuhera and Bhiwadi. This stretch of the road needs some serious repair. The area is very crowded and until there is another approach made, I do not see how we can easily access Bhiwadi-Alwar bypass.
Once I reached to SH25 Bhiwadi-Alwar bypass the sailing was smooth. This is a 4 lane road in very good condition. The traffic was minimal but maybe because it was Sunday. On this road there are new residential projects by many builders. Ashiana, Omaxe, Terracity, Piyush and Krish to name a few.
There is a toll gate after 3 kms from the start of this road (called Ashaina Chowk) which explains the good condition of the road. There is Rs 45 of return pass for the toll. The farthest project I visited, Terracity was good 20kms from the toll gate. The location was serene. Agricultural land everywhere with cool breeze around and a small hillock in distant view.
I also visited Omaxe City I and Piyush City. I really liked these places from inside the boundary walls but I was not able to ignore what was outside, which was practically nothing.
Somehow it is hard for me to see Bhiwadi as a self sufficient city within 5 or even 10 years of period. Another thing which bothered me was the chaotic growth. These small residential projects are mushrooming between agricultural land and villages. The SH25, Alwar bypass road is decent for now but when the area gets populated. things might be different. I saw the 2031 master plan but still it is impossible to envision how Bhiwadi would look like after 10 years.
I am glad I evaluated the option but I will give it a pass for now.
My advice to everyone, especially those who are considering Bhiwadi due to proximity with Gurgaon. “Go and visit the place first”.