Gurgaon epitomises affluence not only in Haryana but also in India to some extent. As the chief minister of Haryana, how do you see Gurgaon’s future as a truly global city?
In the next 5-10 years, Gurgaon will be a truly global city. Civic works worth several thousand crores have been allotted and, by then, Gurgaon would have attained an enviable level.
According to a Hindustan Times–Cfore survey conducted earlier this month, majority of city residents believe Gurgaon is still 5-10 years away from being in the same league with Dubai or Shanghai.
I don’t buy that. We are a relatively young city and have mega plans for world-class infrastructure facilities, such as spacious roads in localities, planned under the new master plan. We will take Gurgaon even beyond Dubai and Shanghai in years to come. I admit there is always a scope for improvement.
Gurgaon has earned a bad name over the issue of safety and security, especially of women. Considering the fact that about 2 lakh IT- BPO executives work here in rotational shifts and the city is home to nearly 250 Fortune 500 companies, does the government have any special plans to beef up security, especially at night?
We are very conscious of the safety situation in Gurgaon and are constantly working to better it. The number of PCR vans had been increased in Gurgaon. On the lines of all-women PCR vans, we will set up all-women police stations.
Do you have plans for affordable housing in Gurgaon?
I admit there is a need to provide affordable housing in Gurgaon. We have formulated an affordable housing policy to address the housing requirement of the masses.
Resident groups have been campaigning for a pollution-free non-motorised transport infrastructure in Gurgaon like cycle tracks and pedestrians walkways. The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon is working on an NMT plan. Will your government facilitate it when it reaches you for approval?
We are yet to receive a proposal for the same from the MCG and will surely look into it.
(As told to Sanjeev K Ahuja and Deevakar Anand)