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Gurgaon: New Delhi's swanky cousin

Gurgaon has been an integral part of the fascinating story of the Capital in the past decade. Sanjeev K Ahuja reports.

delhi Updated: Dec 09, 2011 01:09 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Gurgaon has been an integral part of the fascinating story of the Capital in the past decade. It earned the sobriquet of "Millennium City" for being home to over a hundred Fortune 500 companies, swanky malls and other entertainment avenues, BPO companies, world-class golf courses, hi-end restaurants, classy five-star hotels, healthcare facilities and state-of-the-art residential hi-rise structures.

Despite all its infrastructure-related issues, the city is also home and working turf for a large number of corporate honchos. Gurgaon happens to be the first city of the country to have a 100% privately funded Metro train service and is soon to have pod taxis.

The Haryana government is also looking for a space for setting up a heliport to accommodate people with their private choppers. Even real estate developers have started making provisions for helipads atop their hi-rise residential and and commercial towers.

Says Sanjiv Puri, a businessman who runs an Italian food outlet in DLF City (Phase 3) called Italiano, "Gurgaon has a large number of people with a taste for world cuisines. They look for authentically cooked world cuisines. The place is already bustling with people of diverse nationalities." The city also boasts of a number of hotels run by the world's most prestigious hospitality chains such as Oberoi's, Radisson, Best Western, Holiday Inn, Marriott and Westin.

Says Dr (Col) B Kalra, a senior cardiologist at Artemis Healthcare, "I have travelled all over the world and I can say that Gurgaon too has several good hotels, hospitals and housing complexes that can match the best in the world."

A recent ASSOCHAM survey revealed that Gurgaon, a hub of information technology, automobile and apparel exports companies, drives Haryana's economic development. Gurgaon alone accounted for nearly 71% of Haryana's total exports (Rs 30,608 crore of the total of Rs 43,031 crore) in 2009-10.

Kingdom of Dreams, opened last year, is one-of-a-kind entertainment destination in the country. Besides, the city boasts of a number of malls and multiplexes. Next in line is Appu Ghar in a new format and other world-class amusements parks.

A recent secret visit to by Walt Disney's president and CEO Robert A. Iger to Gurgaon recently has spurred speculations that he is looking for a joint venture here to open Disneyland in the city.