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Glitter of Gurgaon city

One of the fastest growing city in the national capital region, Gurgaon, has come a long way and has left behind another aspiring city, Noida. The race is though open but Noida has not yet been able to acquire an adjective like ‘Millennium City’ despite being promoted by four times Chief Minister, Mayawati. The city of Gurgaon finds a reference in the form of ‘Gurugram’ in Hindu scriptures. It is being stated that the land belonged to the Pandava and Kaurava. They gifted it to Guru Dronacharya as a gratitude for the best war fare training imparted by him. Hence the then village was named as ‘gurugram’ – village of guru.

As time passed by, the name got distorted to Gurgaon. The city has many educational institutes named after Dronacharya. Like other cities in North India, Gurgaon, after partition of the country, was also flooded by refugees from Pakistan. It used to be a sleepy city close to the capital city of Delhi. The city received fillip with setting up of Maruti Suzuki Company with constructive help by the then Haryana Chief Minister Bansi Lal in 1970s despite strong resistance from the opposition parties. Its economic growth started with coming up of Maruti Industry and its ancillary units. Around half of the Fortune companies have a strong base in the city. The city got wings to fly to attain new heights only because of its proximity to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is more nearer to Gurgaon’s localities than many localities in Delhi.

Further, it is situated along NH-8, a major National Highway. Hence, the city has been encouraging the builders and investors too.

The skyline of Gurgaon at night looks amazing and fantastic.  It has architecturally noteworthy buildings in a wide range of styles and from distinct time period. It is home to number of tall buildings, not only commercial but also residential skyscrapers. The city has most expensive office complexes and residential towers. The number of migrant population is going up by the day as people from across the country have been coming to the city in search of employment in IT and construction sectors.  Even foreign personnel are visible working at senior positions as large number of MNCs have turned the city a phenomenal one.

The new age city in the country, after Chandigarh, Gorgon’s culture has also witnessed a sea change.  One may feel additions to arts, music, cuisine and festivals.  There are ample opportunities of entertainment. The city of Gurgaon has not been eclipsed with a number of statues like in Noida though the millennium city can boast of vast green area including Leisure Park, Huda garden and Tau Devi Lal Biodiversity Botanical Garden.

Apart from this the city offers quality schools and premium healthcare facilities.  One may witness a reverse trend as people from Delhi have been rushing to Gurgaon for education and treatment.  The present Chief Minister, B S Hooda since the last nine years has strived to make Gurgaon a forward looking city.

No doubt, Gurgaon is an advanced city but there are certain deficiencies in the civic amenities. Local transport is a grey area. It needs to be taken care of by the state government. Most of the localities in the city are not being catered by any reliable mode of transport. The city in itself has two different cities – old city and the new modern habitations. An effective link between the two is missing.  Hooda took keen interest in getting extended Jahangirpuri metro yellow line in Delhi upto Huda city centre, Gurgaon. This has made the journey faster, comfortable and dependable. The state government has been stressing upon the need of extending Airport Express metro up to IFFCO Chowk in Gurgaon. The extended route once commissioned would bring the city more close to the airport apart from providing an inter-change facility at IFFCO chowk station.

Gurgaon is the only city in the country to have the first fully privately financed metro system. It is also the first city to have two separate metro systems run by two different companies. The Gurgaon rapid metro is running and has been catering to passengers from six stations on 5.1 km elevated route from Sikandarpur and Cyber Green infinity towers. The rapid metro started its journey on 14 November 2013 though it was formally inaugurated by the chief minister on 15 December 2013.

The rapid metro provides inter change facility with the Delhi metro at Sikandarpur station. It would reduce travel time and traffic congestion in the city.  It has taken up the work under the second phase to provide a 6.5 km southward extension from Sikandarpur to Sector 56 in the city. There is also a proposal to extend it northward to Udyog Nagar with an interchange with Maruti Udyog station on IFFCO Chowk – Airport Express line. This would benefit both old and new Gurgaon.

The author is a communication consultant
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