Sydneysiders go for Jeevan Dhara living concept

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After many decades of living in Australia, the first generation of Indian-Australians are retiring and finding itself in a quandary. They are looking to further enhance their life style to enjoy curries with no Although many have the resources to live comfortably in retirement, some still depend on their children and suffer from social isolation as they navigate old age. Most Indians have focused  so much on building their careers and educating their children that they never really planned anything for their retirement like many Australian do. There are numerous organisations emerged to provide retirement villages for Australians and other ethnic based communities such as Greek, Polish, Italian, Chinese but no decent option exists for Indian or South East Asian communities.   Recognising the problem, Dr. Rekha Kumar ( MBBS, FRACGP) and her husband Mr. Sunil Kumar ( B.Tech from IIT Delhi) developer of many medical, dental, radiology and allied health clinics and real estate have taken initiative to establish Australia’s first Indian food and culture based community living establishment as part of over $250 million Tarneit Junction 10 miniute walking estate.

This retirement community is for healthy active living and developed specifically for lovers of Indian food as part of Tarneit Junction Project. This community is called “Jeevan Dhara” or “Life going steady” or ” Friends in need is Family indeed” or simply ” Curries with No worries”   The India-born Sunil Kumar saw retirement housing communities mushrooming all over Australia but non of these are catering to specific health and lifestyle needs of Indians. He also understood that Indian-Australians can feel out of place in many retirement communities. Their need for Indian food,  prayer rooms or even companions, who can speak their mother tongue could pose potential challenges.   So Mr. Sunil Kumar bought 10 Acre prime land at corner of Leaks and Derrimuit Rd next to new Tarneit station and proposed shopping/Town Centre in Oct, 2012. He is inspired by Indian Retrirement community living developments around the world and call from Indian community to build Indian retirement living. Jeevan Dhara living would be run on cooperative style management on No profit basis by its   72 apartments are planned which comes with common hall for dining, separate vegetarian and non-vegetarian kitchens, meeting room and luxury recreation facilities such as yoga, games etc. Jeevan Dhara Tarneit is a haven for seniors of Indian and SE Asia origin.

50% of 72 apartments people have already completed registration to buy Jeevan Dhara. 20% of total apartments were reserved by Sydney residents on New Year Day Seminar in Sydney. Many Sydney residents can save over $500,000 by moving into Jeevan Dhara apartments in Melbourne compared to cost of having similar apartment in Sydney in a similar location. In addition huge savings are expected in living cost due to bulk buying of goods and services, allowing people to save enough money to thins they desired in their retirement life such as international travel etc. Some of them as young as 38 year old. Most of them being grabbed by financially secure professionals such as doctors, Engineers, Accountants couple. Many  of them expressed fear that number of apartments build are not enough to cater for increasing Indian population and they are buying sooner as they do not want to miss out on securing a better future.     Everything at the complex is unique, starting with the Indian food offered to the cultural and entertainment activities organised on the premises. Jeevan Dhara 7 star rated apartments are planned to reduce cost of living, energy costs and enables its residents to reduce its carbon footprint impact on our one planet. Every thing of daily needs are walkable distance of less than 10 minutes from Jeevan Dhara such as Indian groceries, fresh fruit and vegetable, Medical Centre, Dentist, Pharmacy, Radiology, Specialists, Hair dresser, Food Court, Travel agent, Library, Bus Stop, Station, Gym, Hotel, Tarneit Junction Club etc.

This walkable developent would not only make its residents healthy and help in reducing need to own or use a car. There is even BMW Electric Car and 12 seat van proposed for personal use for its residents as car share scheme.   “Jeevan Dhara is the first retirement community in Australia targeting Indian food and culture in the country,” said Sunil Kumar. “Tarneit is only 25 Km away from Melbourne  in West. It was the obvious choice because of its affordability, convenient location, which is well connected and close proximity to Werribee Hospital, two Sikh temples, Durga Mandir and Mosques. There are plenty of opportunity for children and grandchildren to live close to Jeevan Dhara or visit their  parents in Jeevan Dhara.”   One and two-bed 7 star energy rated luxury apartments with one-bath, kitchen, laundry and balcony are estimated to costs approximately $338,500. This pricing includes provision of common facilities. Food and cultural / entertainment expenses would be  managed by co-operative society of residents. Options to get freshly cooked meals, housekeeping and Laundry services would be available at extra cost to make it true king’s living with no maintenance issues.

Many ladies would be able to enjoy true retirement from kitchen and household chores and live like to full. Resident will enjoy life in Jeevan Dhara as if they were living in their home country and enjoying the social life, convenient and timely health provision, lower cost of living, conveniences of the community and facilities around it.   Jeevan Dhara would have a several opportunities to keep its occupants engaged and entertained with healthy and tasty meals, yoga, music, poetry, Bollywood dance classes, going on local and overseas group excursions and watching Bollywood movies or serials. One could celebrate all Indian festivals with their friends and families. After daily activities, its residents can enjoy privacy in their apartments or just sit and chat with friends every day that could only happen in Jeevan Dhara. Developers plan to include few small multiplex cinema theaters to cater for very large Indian population in western suburbs. The project master plan draft permit and zoning required for project has been approved and signed. Concept buildings designs are getting finalised now. Construction would start in Jan, 2016 with Jeevan Dhara residents getting Keys by end 2016.

Indian Seniors are encouraged to calculate the retirement prepreparedness score and determine Quality of their retired life by using a free online calculators provided at its website   Expressions of interest can be done by sending email to No deposits are being taken at present. 10% deposit would be asked after 70 expression of Interest in Jeevan Dhara apartments is received. Pricing may increase after 70% apartments are booked.  Many kids are buying these apartments for their parents for now, which they will inherit it for their own use in future. Expression of interest from, individuals, friends,  group of friends or community wishing to live together as group can reserve their place in once in a life time opportunity by filling registration form.

Depending upon the success of this project, Mr. Sunil Kumar also plans to have an assisted-living facility with round-the-clock Agecare / nursing services close to Jeevan Dhara apartments in future to make convenient aging in place if it is viable and Jeevan Dhara project is successful.   More and more people are entering the retired phase of life and can not go back to home country as they have their children here health facilities, but their hearts are in India. Jeevan Dhara is best suited for such people. “WITHOUT JEEVAN DHARA – YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN”

For more information,  Call Sunil Kumar on 0403 170 099 for project information and to find out more about how life at Jeevan Dhara Tarneit could be the better than present lonely life.  Jeevan Dhara residents could relive their college hostel life again with eating food in Hostel, enjoying Teen Patti / Bridge/ Singing or playing Carrum board game with friends. —————————————–

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About Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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