In its order dated June 18, the apex pollution control body held the builder guilty of discharge of untreated waste for 281 days in its 604 acre residential complex at Sushant Lok, Phase 1, in Gurgaon.
When Arkesh Mishra, 33, and his wife Anasuya scouted for a new home in India's tech hub of Bengaluru this year it was not the old real estate adage of "location, location, location" that was their main consideration - it was "peace of mind".As Bengaluru, and several other megacities with aging or inadequate infrastructure, struggle to tackle issues such as air pollution, congestion and water shortages, builders are looking to woo millennials with homes in upmarket gated-communities that offer open green spaces, drinkable tap water and amenities that range from smart-home connectivity to oxygen generators."Both my wife and I work and we need to have a place to come back to where we love living. The government's not been able to provide these facilities, which is why we are paying for them," said Mishra, a human resources lead for a large multinational."For our generation, these are important. I want to have the option of going for a jog, or a swim without having to deal with traffic, noise or worry about safety issues," said Mishra, whose gated-community boasts a tree grove, an art street and an open air cinema, among other features.In pic: A swimming pool is seen inside the Godrej Platinum residential complex in Mumbai.