For 210 families living in a gated community it’s a harmonious relationship with one another. What makes life happy and hassle-free is the sense of responsibility with which the affairs are organised and how the set up in place that ensures it, round-the-clock, 365 days.
The city’s first gated community is KSR Green Valley, a stone’s throw from Marripalem, on the National Highway with a view of the hill on the eastern side.
The four blocks comprising three bedroom apartments have a departmental store, vegetable outlet, children’s play area, library, swimming pool, gym, function hall and a temple – all in a 3.5 acre site.
The round-the-clock security, CC cameras in the office room and dedicated office-bearers of the residents’ association see to it that things move smoothly.
“The relations are quite cordial. All festivals are celebrated, competitions are organised for August 15. “Kalyanam” is celebrated on Sriramana Navami in a big way and during Sankranti haridasulu and gangireddulu also come. Since the developers handed over in 2008, owners and tenants that are in about 50:50 ratio are living peacefully.
The beauty of it is that those who come as tenants are looking for resale so that they can settle down here,” says KSR Green Valley Flat-Owners’ Association president T. Vijaya Rama Rao, a retired Irrigation engineer. He has been the president for most of the period. Play area for children has been increased and another shuttle court in addition to the original one created.
All those who come to work regularly like maids, dhobis etc are given identity cards. They are deposited at the security at the entry and collected while leaving. All the apartments are linked by intercom and visitors are allowed only after ascertaining from residents.
Two supervisors work with the help a computer terminal and all records are updated by the end of the month and tally with the passbook entry, says Mr. Rama Rao. The security and support staff are paid a total of Rs.80,000 a month. An electrician and a plumber are always available.
One of the residents, K. Veerraju, is a general surgeon and cardiac surgeon, and he offers his services to all the residents, free.
“We find that life is here quite good and harmonious,” says Supriya, wife of a Navy official. She returned to the city after 12 years and earlier stayed in the Navy quarters. Suma, wife of another Navy official who has been living for two years, says everyone is quite friendly and facilities like swimming pool and playground are here. She does not feel like going back to the quarters.
The association with funds raised separately constructed a Ramalayam in 2009 and regular puja and sevas are performed by a priest.
Mr. Rama Rao says with the corpus and savings on maintenance that runs into lakhs of rupees several works are taken up. The function hall was air-conditioned. Now a fresh coat of paint for common areas and improvement to the park are planned.
Every day women gather under Ramana Maharshi Satsang and read from spiritual and religious texts.
In a truly devout sense a women who wants to remain anonymous says the exercise is aimed at knowing oneself. Under their guru’s guidance, Vani from Appannapalli, every year a batch of women take up a spiritual journey to Arunachalam. “In 2006, the concept of gated community was new. What we have visualised is being implemented very well by the association,” said D.V.V.L. Krishnam Raju, Director of KSR Developers.