The shifting necessities and standard of living of India’s residential property buyers have given rise to the concept of integrated townships.
From villas, gated communities to townships, India’s realty landscape is fast changing. Putting people at the center of everything while planning, forms the nucleus.
The difference between a city and such a township is that it is a venture entirely conceptualised and executed by the developer. Integrated townships provide residents with the tranquility of a home in the countryside, equipped with comforts and amenities of a bustling metro. These self sustained townships are essentially mini cities.
These new residential developments and townships are encouraging sustainable mobility and result in improved accessibility, reduced carbon emissions, enhanced quality of life and economic development
Unlike in the UK where townships haven’t been a big success, it is an upcoming trend in India. Apart from the fact that integrated townships encourage “walk to work” patterns, townships are popular as Indian families prefer extended families with parents living close by in safe walk-able traffic-free environment, close to their grandchildren. And this is preferred by all segments of people; not restricted to the rich alone. Townships cater to this vision custom crafted to address the requirements of a wide range of families.
Integrated townships have residential and commercial spaces usually in the proportion of 70:30. Then comes the greens and open spaces. In addition, there are a variety of options. One can choose from 1 BHK flat to 5 BHK flat and even villas. Irrespective of the size of the dwelling, all residents of the township have access to common facilities.
Townships have become the most sought after living spaces even though sometimes they cost a bit higher than individual buildings. They are essentially complexes built in large area of lands with all facilities including schools, hospitals, shopping malls, gymnasium, health spa provide the unique living experience that people demand these days.
The model of an integrated township has worked successfully in India despite the fact that there are diverse communities and people of varied background together.
While the supply of townships has shot up, what cannot be ignored is that most of the townships still enjoy only about 60 per cent occupancy. What people have to keep in mind is that most of these projects are still in Phase 1 so although amenities and retail establishments have been promised, there are still easily two years before it’s all functional.
However the concept has immense potential in India given the dynamics of its infrastructure. The future of its urban population will be safe as these townships will offer good quality living and a healthy lifestyle.
Key features of an Integrated Township development in India
* Residential apartment
* World-class commercial enterprise within the planned region.
* Comprehensive recreational facilities inside the township for enjoyment to citizens
* Initiatives of bringing together communities and people of varied background together.
The Master Layout Plan of the Development usually involves:
* Land-use Impact Assessment
* Water Supply System Design
* Waste Water System Design
* Storm Water Drainage System Design
* Flood/ Earthquake Risk Assessment
* Power transmission & Distribution System Design
* Waste Management Plan
* Traffic Network Design
* Road-works and Utilities Design