I moved to the Millennium City around 14 years ago, when the city was connected with the National Capital by just a single road. The city had more houses than flats and high-rise buildings.
But now, Gurgaon, with all its glitter and glam, has actually emerged as the favourite hub of the corporate world.
A large number of offices, shopping malls, restaurants, clubs, pubs, bars, cinemas and other entertainment joints have come up during the past ten years. Most of the call centres in NCR are based in Gurgaon, with statistics showing that more than 35,000 people are working in these call centres.
Cabs hired by these centres are plying on the roads leading to huge traffic problems. Besides, auto-rickshaws, delivery vans, trucks, chartered buses and private vehicles are adding to the traffic problem.
The pollution level of the city has risen as compared to other areas of the NCR.
Besides, crimes like rapes, murders, molestations, thefts and burglaries are increasing daily. Stray animals like pigs, dogs and cattle are a big nuisance here.
With the infrastructure and civic amenities out of gear, I don’t know where we are heading to. Is there any space left for better, wider and well-lit roads, good drainage system or parks for our children? With large number of apartments and office spaces still waiting to be occupied, one can imagine the shade of glitter that this city will have.
The Metro service has given a relief to commuters from the daily traffic problems faced during peak hours. Power supply has improved considerably. But the government needs to formulate a plan as population is increasing daily in the Millennium City.
The writer is HOD, Corporate Communication, Ansal University, Gurgaon, and a resident of Sushant Lok. The views of the author are personal.