With the opening of luxurious Sukhvilas resort this month, the surrounding area in Mullanpur presents a picture of stark contrast. On the one hand is the resort with its unheard-of features at unheard-of prices, and on the other lies deprivation and poor quality of life.
Sukhvilas used to be a poultry farm owned by the family of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal till about 10 years ago in the nondescript village of Pallanpur, some 15 kilometre from here. Today suites and villas equipped with high-end features like private pools dot the area. While the costliest one, named Kohinoor Villa, is available for Rs 5 lakh per night, there are other “cheaper” options too, such as the one-bedroom Luxury Villa at Rs 1.5 lakh. The cheapest suite is tagged at Rs 35,000 a night.
Till about two years ago, drive through the patchy, rugged road to Pallanpur would be tiresome and bumpy. Today it’s a seamless drive, thanks to the road network that has been built at a breakneck speed. The wide roads have fancy, ultra-modern lights and underground wiring, with even the dividers beautified.
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