A fresh coat of paint on zebra crossings, renovated footpaths, new cycle tracks and transplanted trees are a few of the embellishments in the city ahead of the global investors meet scheduled in March.
Around 1,000 delegates of 35 multinational companies from countries such as Japan, South Korea and China among others are expected to attend the Happening Haryana Global Investors Summit – 2016 being organised in Gurgaon on March 7 and 8.
A number of projects are being taken up by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) to beautify the city ahead for the international event. In the recent weeks, these government agencies had also carried out several anti-encroachment drives on Golf Course road and Sikanderpur.
Work to improve the infrastructure deficiencies has also been accelerated on the MG Road, Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, Sector 29 and St Thomas Marg.
Recently, the administration repainted zebra crossings and repaired broken footpaths on the MG Road.
Saint Thomas Marg, which has a number of commercial establishments and residential areas has also undergone a drastic makeover. Garbage and construction debris are not dumped along the stretch anymore and zebra crossings have been repainted. The government agencies have ensured that traffic signages are installed and have transplanted several trees along the stretch. A cycle track was also recently constructed on this stretch.
The Bhagwan Mahaveer Marg in Sector 44, which houses several private firms, has also undergone similar modifications. “The stretch has changed completely in a couple of weeks. It is much cleaner and green with new plants on the dividers and a cycle track along the main road. I am also happy that new streetlights have been installed in the area,” Vanishka Goel, a resident of Sector 44, said.
Overgrown trees and bushes have been trimmed at several stretches, including sectors 29, 31 and 40.
“It is good to see that plants and bushes on sector 29 road have been trimmed. These plants used to obstruct vision of drivers, especially near the turns and also blocked streetlights,” Anurag Basu, a commuter, said.
The city will also witness several other beautification projects such as the transplantation of over 3,000 palms trees on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway. The plants are brought from Telangana.
The sanitation wing has purchased new machinery and the administration has directed them to impose a fine on people who dump garbage on the streets.
Students from Sushant School of Architecture have been roped in to beautify the important landmarks on both sides of the expressway with paintings, murals and sculptures based on patriotic themes and highlighting the contribution of Haryana in various fields.
“We are making sure that the city is ready for the international summit. Each member of the government agencies are formulating plans and working on the ground level to ensure that maximum work can be done in whatever time is left. More signages and streetlights will be installed and even footpaths will be constructed at more stretches,” an and MCG official said.