New Townships

The gray atmosphere threatens to burst any minute, as has become its habit over the past week. There were several years when the word rain just pointed to memories of past cyclones. After last year’s lashing, this year’s lashing, one hushes the word as if the mere mention of rain were enough to turn on the showers. Perhaps the most scary of its effects, that of water entering and flooding homes (not just last year, even this week several homes in low lying areas are flooded – the same friends of mine who scurried last year are already at it this year too), has dethroned the ground floor house from its top spot on the pedestal of living preference.

One hears of so many new townships these days (just look at the irony of the word township with that floating element tagged on to it) – I just hope that in addition to designing flyers that promise 24-hours water supply, empty words like ‘luxurious space’, they also indicate that the homes are suitably flood-proofed.

Irony and sarcasm aside, the newest township in the news is

the Alliance venture in Padi, Orchid Springs:

The township is located in Padi, 0.8 km from the inner ring road, which provides excellent connectivity with all parts of Chennai city. It is 3.5 kms from Anna Nagar and can be reached in about 5 minutes. Some of the best schools of Chennai – SBOA, DAV are just 4 kms away. The Ambattur industrial area is fast growing into a software hub and is only 5 kms from Orchid Springs. What’s more, Orchid Springs is connected to the airport by a 4-lane road all the way.

Orchid Springs will offer 1100 lifestyle apartments, a 2.5 lakh sq.ft IT park, a 1.5 lakh sq.ft retail shopping mall, 4-screen multiplex, 5-bed hospital and school along with other amenities on a 20-acre site. There is also a club, gym, swimming pool, tennis court, badminton court, and jogging track.

What on earth are lifestyle apartments btw?

8 Comments so far

  1. Gautham V (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

    WHEN YOU WRITE LIKE THIS, WE ARE EXCITED TO BUY SOME PLACE IN ORCHID SPRINGS. WHO IS THE DEVELOPER ? THANKS


  2. nandhu (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 11:53 pm

    lifestyle apartments are for those who put style above life. a stylish life is important for them, not merely living itself.


  3. Navneeth (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 12:28 am

    Orchid Springs will offer 1100 lifestyle apartments, a 2.5 lakh sq.ft IT park, a 1.5 lakh sq.ft retail shopping mall, 4-screen multiplex, 5-bed hospital and school along with other amenities on a 20-acre site.

    Anyone gonna offer me the dabbu?


  4. navin chawla (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 8:12 am

    Bentley Makes it Debut in Hyderabad Car Market with an Exclusive
    Cermony

    Hyderabad: Wyclef Jean sang, `Life styles of the rich and famous.
    Some die with a name, some die nameless’. Well, it is these nameless
    rich that are grabbing the headlines for willing to spend Rs 2 crore
    on a car and that too to drive in Hyderabadi traffic! Yet these
    courageous crorepatis chose to remain anonymous issuing standing
    instructions to the car distributors not to disclose their names.
    The car is Bentley Continental Flying Spur, that is dubbed to be
    the fastest four door in the company’s history with horsepower to
    reach 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds.
    This car was unveiled in the city exclusively for a select
    gathering of 100 guests — mostly the high and mighty
    businessmen,Politicans — who have shown interest in the car, or own
    other such luxury cars.
    And so, in attendance at this special party held at the Novatel
    hotel in Hi-Tec City on Friday night were the bigwigs of Hyderabadi
    business circles — all the prominent Reddys and Rajus and a handful
    of movie stars.
    Spotted eying the car were Venkatram Reddy Owner of Deccan
    Chronicle Holdings who owns a Rolls Royce Phantom worth 2.5 Crores
    in Hyderabad ,Teja Raju, son of Ramalinga Raju of Satyam computers ,
    Mustafa Alam Khan from the Shah Alam Khan family who owns some of
    the best vintage cars and a Mercedes Benz C class in the city worth
    35 lakhs, businessmen brothers Prakash Jain and Gautam Jain of
    Stanza retail outlet,Akbaruddin Owaisi MiM Leader from Owaisi Family
    who owns a Volkswagen Touareg V10 SUV ,Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes
    Benz CLS 350 worth 2.5 crores, designer Dinaz Shenoy, and socialites
    like Lata Reddy, Gunny Raju who owns a Lamborghini Gallarado Black
    worth 2 crore in Hyderabad, Shanta John,Kishore Reddy who owns a BMW
    X5 worth 50 lakhs ,Vishnu Actor who owns a Porsche Cayenne SUV worth
    80 lakhs, Iqbal Patni and Raju Jain. Everyone from Srini Raju of TV9
    to actors Nagarjuna who owns a Meercedes Benz S Class and Porsche
    Cayenne SUV worth 2 crores , NTR Junior who owns a BMW X5 SUV worth
    55 lakhs, Pavan Kalyan and even Chiranjeevi were invited for the
    launch of the car in the city.
    It is also believed, that two richie rich from the city have
    already booked the car. Again Satya Bagla, the Indian partner of
    Bentley Motors, refused to disclose who they are all.
    “It is our policy. One cannot disclose customers names, unless
    one gets specific instructions to do so,” he said.
    At a cost of Rs 1.95 crore on road — subject to dollar rates —
    the Bentley is the second most expensive car in the country next to
    the Mercedes S Class which costs a whopping Rs 3 crore. Nonetheless,
    every year over a dozen buy this car in India.
    The only owner who has let the world know he owns a Bentley is
    Vijay Mallya whose Continental Flying Spur has been custom made for
    him in Kingfishers Red and White.


  5. Pavithra (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 5:54 pm

    Let’s hope, like you say, that it is suitably flood-proff. The rains have begun to assume a frightening aspect, now.


  6. suppamani (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 6:32 am

    Can anybody guide me where the Orchid Spring is located and how much would be the cost per Sq.ft.


  7. Lavanya (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 5:31 pm

    @Suppamani: you can take a look at this page. Orchid Springs will be in Padi.
    Alliance’s Chennai office address is:

    2nd floor,
    Jeevan Anand building,
    556, Anna Salai,
    Teynampet,
    Chennai-600 018.

    Tel: 044-4354 6999
    Fax.: 044-4354 6888

    you can probably call them for further details.


  8. suppamani (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 6:39 am

    Lavanya
    Thank you very much for giving so much of information, Furhter I think it would be helful to others also who think like me to know more about orchjid,
    with regards,



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