Right place to spend retired life, say former PSU employees

Amidst the pristine charm of the hills surrounded all over, chirping birds, beautiful parks, temples and a lot of serenity Seethammadhara North Extension is an ideal place for those who wish to lead a quiet life.

With nearly 100 apartments and 500 independent houses spread across the locale, the residents here are health conscious.

They prefer walking or playing tennis or shuttle on a regular basis. Women catch up with their friends visiting parks – Rocket Park and Hill View Park – in the evenings. Multi-purpose parks are catering to the needs of all age-groups. Youngsters prefer playing tennis or shuttle, women spread mats and perform yogasanas while children have gala time getting on amusement rides like slide and see-saw and the elderly groups pass their time sharing views on politics, sports and current affairs.

Apart from doctors and businessmen, former employees of several PSUs such as BHPV, Coromandel Fertilisers, Visakhapatnam Port, Hindustan Shipyard Ltd and Andhra University have settled in the colony for the past 20-30 years. They feel that the place is the right choice to spend their retired life.

North Extension is laced with educational institutions and playschools apart from hospitals like Queen’s NRI Hospital and Lion’s Cancer Hospital which continue to be main landmarks. Many independent houses were earlier allotted lower income, middle income and higher income groups.

For the religious people, shrines like Shirdi Sai Baba, Krishna Mandir and Abhaya Anjaneya Swamy happen to be the most sought-after venues. Residents are quite happy with the locale and the serenity it offers except for a few nagging issues. Transportation appears to be a continuous problem, said A. Vanaja, a 20-year old resident of the colony.

“One should have their own conveyance otherwise it is difficult to commute through ups and downs and access an auto. Another glitch is the apartment culture being on the rise. Now, we hardly get a glimpse of Kailasagiri or the beach,” she said.

Seethammadhara North Extension Layout Association Community Hall is being headed by corporator and colony secretary A.S.N. Raju. Though the colony appears to be posh and charms one during the first visit itself, certain issues like lack of streetlights, chain snatching, and poor maintenance of the roads, disorganised waste management and vehicle parking, among many seek attention.

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