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Times Square in Gurgaon?

Golden Triangle, coming up in 480 acres of City Centre, is inspired by the Square, writes Sanjeev K Ahuja.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 16:05 IST

The Haryana government is planning to have its own version of New York’s Times Square in Gurgaon.

The Golden Triangle, that will come up in 480 acres of City Centre in Gurgaon, draws inspiration from the Square and UK’s Commercial Street.

This explains why the Haryana government is so bullish about the issue. It has dumped its 15-year old plan that included identifying conventional sites for malls, hotels, shop-cum-office (SCO) complexes and modern bus terminal. Instead, it’s planning to put all its focus on the project that will be developed in Sector 29 near the NH-8.

The Town & Country Planning (TCP) department has invited planners and designers to come up with ideas, designs, plans and drawings for developing world-class entertainment, retail, business facilities such as malls, multiplexes, hotels, state-ofthe-art commercial and office complexes in Sector 29.

SS Dhillon, the director TCP, Candigarh told HT that objective behind the plan is to keep pace with modern technologies and accommodate the growing needs in this post-globalisation era.

"Gurgaon today is a global city and city centers are the financial backbones of any growing cities.

The objective behind this initiative of revising the layout plan of the City Center is also to create a world-class place, which will strengthen the status of Gurgaon as an IT hub and a global city.

The constraints of space and high costs associated with the NCR are causing spillover of economic activities from Delhi, which can appropriately be absorbed in Gurgaon and we should be ready to receive them," Dhillon added.

Dhillon said that though the department had models like Times Square of New York and Commercial Street of UK in mind, much would depend on the designs and concepts submitted by the private sector designers and planners.

The TCP has asked private sector planners and designers to study the existing planning and development of the City Center before coming out with detailed plan on modern town planning and urban design principles.

It should essentially be ensured that the project is techno-commercially successful and highlights solution to all impediments in implementation of the plans and designs.