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All is well in Alwal

Verdant, vibrant, well-connected. Too good a package? Wait till you hear the rental and realty rates

Neither too serene to be boring nor too loud to be irritating. That is Alwal, once a small village on the city's outskirts and now, very much a part of Secunderabad.

Falling under the Alwal Municipality and alongside the Rajiv Rahadari to Karimnagar, Alwal has residential apartments and commercial enterprises on one side and military setups, mostly barracks, on the other.

Around 8km from the Secunderabad Railway Station, it is well-connected too by road and rail, courtesy the several push-pull locals from Secunderabad to Bolarum passing via Alwal Railway Station.

Water, water..

However, Alwal's USP seems to be the water factor. Syed Javed of Safe Deals Realtors, who has been operating from the area for two decades, says abundance of pure groundwater is a significant aspect spurring Alwal's growth as a residential area. "This has prompted many to buy flats or independent/duplex houses here. Then there are a lot of reputed schools and colleges too in the vicinity," he says.

Bazaar, a boon

For housewives, there is another attraction here, the Rytu Bazaar. Fresh and low-priced vegetables coming at a place that is hardly a 10-minute walk from your home is always a good idea. Walking? Yes, that is something many do here without the fear of being chased by stray dogs. The only thing, stay away from the main road.

The internal roads, save a few, are quite good. Parks are not many, but don't be depressed since the region is green.

Temple town

Bolarum, said to be the least polluted area in the twin cities, is just 2.5km from `the heart of Alwal,' the old Satya Talkies or the giant residential cum shopping complex that has come up in place of it. Also called a temple town because of the famous Lord Venkateshwara temple and the Ayyappa temple, Alwal has options for those looking to purchase homes or rent flats.

The current rates for new flats is Rs.1,200 to Rs.1.500 per sft while used ones, those that are five or more years old, come at around Rs.700 to Rs.900 per sft. Rentals rates are also quite economical with two-bedroom (2B) flats costing around Rs.2,500 per month. The rate for 1Bs start at Rs.1,500 while 3Bs come at a minimum of Rs.3,000 and a maximum of Rs.4,500.

A titbit on the area: Alwal's literacy percentage in 2001 was 76 per cent, way above the-then national average of 59.5 per cent. Nothing surprising for a place that is also the birthplace of filmmaker Shyam Benegal.

DENNIS MARCUS MATHEW

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