Standing inside a 247sq ft show-flat in an under-construction housing complex in Malad, Shravan and Vijaylaxmi Gupta look ecstatic about the new life waiting behind these doors four years from now. ‘Home’ at present is a 10ftx10ft room in a slum in Gandhinagar. “Tempers flare and fights break out during our daily treks to the roadside water tap or the shared toilet,” says Shravan. For this imitation-jewellery maker, moving to an apartment that combines a living room, bathroom and a kitchenette, with enough cupboard space for shoes and clothes, spells opulence. Even if it’s the size of three office cubicles.
People like Shravan and Vijaylaxmi now have a better shot at buying a home in one of the world’s densest cities, thanks to a number of residential projects offering nano apartments. These were unveiled in the latter half of 2017, hot on the heels of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, a scheme for affordable housing for all by 2022.
Small apartments have historically been a feature of the city. But this new wave of teeny-tiny residences is witnessing a rush of young professional and moderate-income buyers who prioritise location over space.
TOI mapped five out of the 59 tiniest residences currently under construction. The smallest measures 189sq ft and the largest is 320sq ft. The cheapest ones cost Rs 53 lakh. A furnished unit starts at Rs 61 lakh for 189sq ft and a larger, unfurnished flat costs Rs 86 lakh for 309sq ft.
At the six-tower, 2,500-unit project coming up alongside the Eastern Express Highway dubbed Chembur Central, a walk from one end of the 189sq ft apartment to the other will take you eight seconds. But the design is surprisingly functional, with a space-saving folding murphy bed, a wall panel that can be raised to a desk or extended to a dining table, a step ladder that allows one to reach the loft and ceiling-high cupboards. Oversized windows, higher-than-usual ceilings and mirrors on the wall create an illusion of space.
Source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/mumbai-homes-change-from-small-to-nano/articleshow/63874194.cms