Small Project – BIG Solution for Dehradun Retired Couple..

In the southwest part of Dehradun, retired couple Mr. and Mrs. Mohan own a separated housing building with a large plot and generous portion of terrace space. Over the years, age of the structure and annual monsoon rains had impacted the home, primarily and extensively in the family’s downstairs dining room. The problems that come with interior damp walls and leakage were becoming a concern for the couple due to health reasons as well as the aesthetics. They began investigating new potential solutions for waterproofing, as prior applications of other popular and inexpensive products were not delivering the performance desired nor sealing off water ingress…

The Mohan’s learned of a new brand of waterproofing and heat resistant coatings, OBICCool by OBIC Solutions Pvt Ltd. Although unknown, the firm’s product was backed by an experienced team of IIT Bombay engineers, produced under the “Make in India” initiative and manufactured under stringent quality controls at an ISO 9000:2015 facility and this provided enough evidence and confidence to try this new product line…

The OBICCool product was somewhat more expensive than what they had used in the past, but they were anxious to see if it could truly deliver what it promised so they decided to have the coating applied in a 500 square foot potion of the roof where the water ingress into the dining room was coming from.

OBIC Solutions deployed its own application crews for the project. The area to be treated was first prepped and cleaned. The existing waterproofing material needed to be removed first and the surface made smooth. Once the surface was dry and ready for the next coat, white cement was mixed with same OBICCool 100C material. The purpose of this is to fill any cracks and gaps in the substrate and completely seal the roof with the second coat. An initial coat of OBICCool 100C, a nano-enhanced absorption coat was applied to seal off any porous areas in the cement surface. These steps took 2 and were performed by a crew of 3 members. The topcoats followed this process. The crew completed two topcoats in 6 hours. Normally, a four-layer system which uses a cement coat in between the absorption coat and the final topcoats is applied, however, due to budget constraints, OBIC Solutions was a solution using three coats along with the topcoats to successfully stop water ingress…

How Delhi-Dehradun Expressway will give a boost to real estate

The new economic corridor between Delhi and Dehradun was announced by the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari in February. The 210-kilometer, six-lane express highway project, which is expected to be awarded by August 2021, will be completed by 2023. The Delhi-Dehradun Expressway will reduce travel time from the national capital to Dehradun from five to two hours.

A new six-lane road will be built from the Sahranpur bypass to connect with Haridwar in the new economic corridor. This route would cut the existing six-hour journey time between the national capital and Haridwar to just two hours. The real estate sector on the stretch is going to benefit from the development, and realtors are upbeat about the development.

Delhi-Dehradun Expressway is going to benefit real estate on the stretch; it will make more reputed developers come up with projects in tier II cities falling on this stretch as many buyers would love to have homes at places where prices are little less than Delhi. The travel time matters these days, and only 2.5 hours to Dehradun will help people buy second homes or holiday homes in this Hill city,” says Harvinder Singh Sikka, MD, Sikka Group.

Real estate development along corridors has become a trend and offers a lot of potential across India. Transport corridors like National Highways and State Highways across India have witnessed significant realty development during the real estate boom. The government has also helped in boosting and promoting industrialization in these areas. A combination of production units, public utilities, logistics, environmental protection facilities, residential areas, social infrastructure, administrative services and few industrial areas has been systematically planned along the corridors. These have further helped and accelerated economic growth.

Haridwar is one of the popular destinations, which will benefit from the Expressway. The city is already on the radar of people looking for holiday homes, and now more people will invest there. “People have always been worried about the time taken to move from Delhi to Haridwar, but with this Expressway, the frequency of travel will increase. The serene atmosphere of Haridwar helps people rejuvenate and get charged up for the hectic professional life. We hope that work completes on time, and with this real estate around this Expressway will prosper, which will add value to people’s lives,” says Nagaraju Routhu, CEO, Hero Realty.

Talking about the development, Abhishek Bansal, Executive Director, Pacific Group, says, “Weekend travels to Dehradun mean that retail sector, especially, malls will benefit from it. People love to shop and enjoy at places that are away from their work cities, and with only 2.5 hours of travel, people would throng Dehradun for the perfect getaway that it promises. We foresee a new wave of mall culture in the city as there would be a huge increase in footfalls, especially on weekends.”

Another boost for the real estate in Uttarakhand is the Metro rail corridor planned from Nepali Farm to Vidhan Sabha in Dehradun district. The 73-kilometer Deharadun–Haridwar–Rishikesh Metro Rail corridor in Uttarakhand was authorized by the Unified Metropolitan Transportation Authority (UMTA) in June 2020.

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