Friday, 29 May 2015

Gurgaon is growing and so are its challenges

What is it like to have a home in Gurgaon? Widely believed, the kind of feel Gurgaon lends is unparalleled….be it job opportunities, shopping malls in the vicinity or a cosmopolitan neighbourhood. In tune with the growing opportunities, newer property investments in the Millennium City are not unheard of. But challenges are plenty.

On one hand is the ever increasing floating population. On the other hand is the challenge of accommodating any plans of developing infrastructure in an already occupied area. Authorities have realised that by the time a two lane road gets sanctioned and work begins, the need arises for a four lane road in the same spot.

Vikas Gupta, municipal commissioner, Gurgaon for an insight into how the authorities are heading towards a solution. “An important aspect we are looking into is safety on the streets. We have identified dark spots in areas such as Golf Course Extension, Cyber City, Sohna region, some areas near Signature tower, IFFCO Chowk, etc. where streetlights were absent and commuting became an issue for working professionals in the area. We have plans that have already been floated and may become a reality soon.”

For Preetam Irani, an analytics consultant working out of Gurgaon, the night-life is ‘not happening’. “The concept of night-life shouldn't be restricted to pubs, discotheques or hangouts. There are people working in shifts, looking out for food outlets at reasonable costs. While leaving office after the ‘graveyard’ shift ends at the crack of dawn, there is always a fear of getting mugged. Women are not safe.” For a larger audience such as Irani and even prospective home buyers, this is a serious concern.

Are the authorities up to address this challenge?

With the kind of foresightedness that the corporation needs to work with, certain plans that came to the fore were indeed futuristic. Take for example, the decision of coming up with night-markets and street furniture. “These are some of the plans soon to be converted into reality. If the streets are well lit and have markets that are operational at night, not only does it ensure that there would be people at all time, it also assures these areas to be much safer in the presence of many people,” says Gupta.

“Home buyers are coming in despite the missing links but our focus is on ensuring proper city bus services and making them safe. It is all present as a skeleton and we would make it operational within the next one year. More police check posts, community policing all of these are going on side by side,” adds Gupta.

What is it like to have a home in Gurgaon? Widely believed, the kind of feel Gurgaon lends is unparalleled….be it job opportunities, shopping malls in the vicinity or a cosmopolitan neighbourhood. In tune with the growing opportunities, newer property investments in the Millennium City are not unheard of. But challenges are plenty.

On one hand is the ever increasing floating population. On the other hand is the challenge of accommodating any plans of developing infrastructure in an already occupied area. Authorities have realised that by the time a two lane road gets sanctioned and work begins, the need arises for a four lane road in the same spot.

Vikas Gupta, municipal commissioner, Gurgaon for an insight into how the authorities are heading towards a solution. “An important aspect we are looking into is safety on the streets. We have identified dark spots in areas such as Golf Course Extension, Cyber City, Sohna region, some areas near Signature tower, IFFCO Chowk, etc. where streetlights were absent and commuting became an issue for working professionals in the area. We have plans that have already been floated and may become a reality soon.”

For Preetam Irani, an analytics consultant working out of Gurgaon, the night-life is ‘not happening’. “The concept of night-life shouldn't be restricted to pubs, discotheques or hangouts. There are people working in shifts, looking out for food outlets at reasonable costs. While leaving office after the ‘graveyard’ shift ends at the crack of dawn, there is always a fear of getting mugged. Women are not safe.” For a larger audience such as Irani and even prospective home buyers, this is a serious concern.

Are the authorities up to address this challenge?

With the kind of foresightedness that the corporation needs to work with, certain plans that came to the fore were indeed futuristic. Take for example, the decision of coming up with night-markets and street furniture. “These are some of the plans soon to be converted into reality. If the streets are well lit and have markets that are operational at night, not only does it ensure that there would be people at all time, it also assures these areas to be much safer in the presence of many people,” says Gupta.

“Home buyers are coming in despite the missing links but our focus is on ensuring proper city bus services and making them safe. It is all present as a skeleton and we would make it operational within the next one year. More police check posts, community policing all of these are going on side by side,” adds Gupta.

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