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Puri will be the second IFS officer to be part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s cabinet(Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)

Ex-bureaucrat Puri talks of NDA’s big urban expenditure after taking charge

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2019 11:36 PM IST
Puri, who was the Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate for Punjab’s Amritsar, was defeated by his Congress rival Gurjit Aujla by over 100,000 votes.
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The average vote share of the saffron party during Sidhu’s tenure was 51 per cent, which came down to 36 per cent in post-Sidhu period.(HT File Photo)
The average vote share of the saffron party during Sidhu’s tenure was 51 per cent, which came down to 36 per cent in post-Sidhu period.(HT File Photo)

BJP struggles to reclaim Amritsar after Sidhu’s exit.

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 12:35 PM IST
Even after fielding Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri this time, the vote share improved slightly (around 40 per cent), but the party could not win the seat.
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BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar Hardeep Singh Puri (C) with BJP Punjab president Shwait Malik (L) and others in Amritsar on Thursday. April 25, 2019.(Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)
BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar Hardeep Singh Puri (C) with BJP Punjab president Shwait Malik (L) and others in Amritsar on Thursday. April 25, 2019.(Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: If elected, will become Amritsar’s voice in Cabinet, says BJP candidate Hardeep Singh Puri

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2019 01:57 PM IST
Hardeep Singh Puri, who is pitted against Congress’s Gurjit Singh Aujla besides others, kicked off his election campaign in the presence of Punjab BJP president Shwait Malik and other senior party leaders after holding a press conference in Amritsar.
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Brijesh Goyal, AAP candidate from the New Delhi parliamentary seat, on Thursday said nearly 20,000 properties were affected by the sealing drive that began in 2017.(HT Photo)
Brijesh Goyal, AAP candidate from the New Delhi parliamentary seat, on Thursday said nearly 20,000 properties were affected by the sealing drive that began in 2017.(HT Photo)

AAP takes on Hardeep Singh Puri over sealing, says will open all shops if it wins

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2019 05:26 AM IST
Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, on Wednesday said the Centre and the civic bodies had nothing to do with the sealing drive as it was done on the instructions of a Supreme Court-appointed panel.
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For Smart Cities, it takes about 15-18 months to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) and it takes another 18 months to get the project consultant.(PTI File Photo)
For Smart Cities, it takes about 15-18 months to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) and it takes another 18 months to get the project consultant.(PTI File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019| ‘Focus on employment correct, criticism on job creation not’: Hardeep Singh Puri

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2019 05:31 AM IST
For Smart Cities, it takes about 15-18 months to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) and it takes another 18 months to get the project consultant, said Union minister of housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri.
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Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi was arrested in London on Tuesday.(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi was arrested in London on Tuesday.(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

‘Can run, can’t hide’: Minister on Nirav Modi’s arrest, Priyanka has a counter

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2019 07:09 PM IST
Responding to Hardeep Singh Puri’s tweet saying, “You can run, but cannot hide from the country’s chowkidar”, Priyanka Gandhi asked, “Who let him flee in the first place?”
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Gearing up for the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP’s Delhi unit is planning an extensive campaign to reach out to voters living in such colonies,who constitute around 30-35% of the city’s population.(Picture for representation)
Gearing up for the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP’s Delhi unit is planning an extensive campaign to reach out to voters living in such colonies,who constitute around 30-35% of the city’s population.(Picture for representation)

In Delhi, ownership rights in illegal colonies to be BJP’s poll focus

By Risha Chitlangia | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2019 12:07 AM IST
The Centre’s recent decision to recognise ownership rights of people living in unauthorised colonies is going to be one of the BJP‘s primary planks in Delhi for the upcoming general elections.
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The Union Cabinet on Thursday constituted a 10-member committee under Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal to recommend the process of granting ownership and transfer rights to residents in 1,797 unauthorised colonies that are home to nearly a third of the Capital’s population.(HT File Photo/Representative Image)
The Union Cabinet on Thursday constituted a 10-member committee under Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal to recommend the process of granting ownership and transfer rights to residents in 1,797 unauthorised colonies that are home to nearly a third of the Capital’s population.(HT File Photo/Representative Image)

Centre constitutes panel to confer ownership rights in illegal colonies in Delhi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2019 04:40 AM IST
Announcing the decision, Union housing and urban affairs minister of state Hardeep Singh Puri said the committee will submit its report to the ministry within 90 days.
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The market, constructed in the 1970s, had the legendary Priya’s cinema that used to screen Hollywood movies in the old days.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
The market, constructed in the 1970s, had the legendary Priya’s cinema that used to screen Hollywood movies in the old days.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

‘Revamped’ Basant Lok market opens, but it’s nowhere near complete

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2019 12:53 AM IST
The market, constructed in the 1970s, had the legendary Priya’s cinema that used to screen Hollywood movies in the old days.
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Union minister of state for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said that the government will release proof of air strikes on JeM camp at the right time.(PTI File Photo)
Union minister of state for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said that the government will release proof of air strikes on JeM camp at the right time.(PTI File Photo)

Government will release proof of air strikes at JeM camp at right time: Hardeep Singh Puri

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kanpur, Kanpur
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2019 10:34 AM IST
Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that evidence, however, had started emerging from Pakistan where relatives of Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar were admitting that the Indian Air Force struck their training bases.
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Within 24 hours of inauguration, part of(HT Photo)
Within 24 hours of inauguration, part of(HT Photo)

Within 24 hours of inauguration, part of underpass service road caves in

By Ashish Mishra | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2019 01:54 AM IST
Officials of the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), which built the facility, said the portion was covered temporarily with fillings as work to lay a pipeline underneath the road was yet to be carried out.
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The new route will free commuters heading to the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and Gurugram from south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj and Munirka from heavy traffic in the Mahipalpur area.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)
The new route will free commuters heading to the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and Gurugram from south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj and Munirka from heavy traffic in the Mahipalpur area.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)

Now drive non-stop from Vasant Kunj to Delhi airport

By Ashish Mishra | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2019 09:23 AM IST
Union minister of state for urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday inaugurated an underpass below national highway-8 (NH-8) and two flyovers in south Delhi’s Mahipalpur and Aerocity, which will give signal-free access between Vasant Kunj to the Delhi airport.
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A view of the shrine of Sikh leader Guru Nanak Dev in Kartarpur, Pakistan.(PTI)
A view of the shrine of Sikh leader Guru Nanak Dev in Kartarpur, Pakistan.(PTI)

Will Pulwama terror attack cast a shadow on Kartarpur corridor?

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, Amritsar/Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2019 11:09 PM IST
The two sides are scheduled to meet on March 14 to finalise the modalities of the much-awaited corridor, particularly its coordinates.
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Union minister Arun Jaitley on Friday recalled how the late journalist Kuldip Nayar withstood government pressure and became the voice of the journalistic fraternity during the Emergency.(HT Photo)
Union minister Arun Jaitley on Friday recalled how the late journalist Kuldip Nayar withstood government pressure and became the voice of the journalistic fraternity during the Emergency.(HT Photo)

Late veteran journalist Kuldeep Nayar’s last book released, leaders hail him as an icon

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2019 07:54 AM IST
The event was also attended by former Union minister Kapil Sibal of the Congress, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Janata Dal (United) leader Pavan Varma and diplomat Navtej Sarna.
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Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday accused the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi of delaying in regularisation process of unauthorised colonies.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)
Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday accused the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi of delaying in regularisation process of unauthorised colonies.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

Centre, AAP government spar over regularisation of illegal colonies in Delhi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 05:41 PM IST
Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday accused the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi of delaying in regularisation process of unauthorised colonies. The AAP government hit back at the Union minister, and blamed the Centre for the delay.
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Housing and Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri (2L), Delhi L-G Anil Baijal (2R), and others at the launch online portal for land pooling policy in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)
Housing and Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri (2L), Delhi L-G Anil Baijal (2R), and others at the launch online portal for land pooling policy in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

DDA sets land pool ball rolling with new portal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2019 12:04 PM IST
A web portal was launched on Tuesday on which farmers and developer entities can register themselves to participate in land pooling, which will be implemented in the urban extensions of the city.
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PM Narendra Modi at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on November 22, 2018, with ministers Harsh Vardhan and Dharmendra Pradhan after laying the foundation stone for City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects in 129 districts.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
PM Narendra Modi at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on November 22, 2018, with ministers Harsh Vardhan and Dharmendra Pradhan after laying the foundation stone for City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects in 129 districts.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Excerpt: Delusional Politics by Hardeep Singh Puri

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2019 07:08 PM IST
Union minister of state for housing and urban affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri’s book, Delusional Politics, covers a range of issues like Brexit, the election of Trump, terrorism and trade. These excerpts from the chapter entitled The India Story look at the nature of the Congress party, and at the need for India to transcend caste and religion
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Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal was among the two Union ministers from India who had attended the Kartarpur Corridor ceremony in Pakistan.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal was among the two Union ministers from India who had attended the Kartarpur Corridor ceremony in Pakistan.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

‘Walk the talk’: Harsimrat Kaur asks Imran Khan to take action against Pakistan minister for ‘Kartarpur googly’ remark

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2018 02:56 PM IST
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said that Imran Khan’s “Kartarpur googly” had forced India to send two ministers to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor.
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses during ground breaking ceremony for Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan's Kartarpur, Wednesday.(PTI)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses during ground breaking ceremony for Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan's Kartarpur, Wednesday.(PTI)

Imran Khan’s ‘googly’ ensured presence of Indian ministers at Kartarpur Corridor event: Shah Mahmood Qureshi

By Press Trust of India | Islamabad
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2018 10:45 PM IST
Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s remarks came a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj categorically ruled out the possibility of resumption of bilateral talks with Pakistan unless it stops cross-border terror activities against India.
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan (C) and alongside Indian Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal (2R) and India's Punjab cabinet minister and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu (3L), arrive to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur Corridor in Kartarpur on November 28, 2018.(AFP)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan (C) and alongside Indian Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal (2R) and India's Punjab cabinet minister and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu (3L), arrive to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur Corridor in Kartarpur on November 28, 2018.(AFP)

Kartarpur event a showcase for Navjot Sidhu-Imran Khan bromance

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2018 10:41 PM IST
Navjot Sidhu was at Imran Khan’s side along with Indian ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri, with Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa standing behind, as the premier inaugurated work on the corridor. Sidhu later sat beside Khan and foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at a public gathering, sharing smiles and pleasantries.
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Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said he has extended an invitation to Swaraj, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.(HT File Photo)
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said he has extended an invitation to Swaraj, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.(HT File Photo)

2 Union ministers to attend groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2018 10:03 AM IST
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in a tweet, said he has extended an invitation to Swaraj, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh and state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to attend the ceremony at Kartarpur on November 28.
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A view of cloudy weather in the evening at Palika Bazar Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
A view of cloudy weather in the evening at Palika Bazar Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Liveability ranking will drive up investments in cities, improve infrastructure: Hardeep Singh Puri

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 14, 2018 07:51 AM IST
The rankings for ‘Ease of Living Index’ were released on Monday with Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai being the top three liveable places in the country. National capital Delhi ranked a measly 65th.
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A view of Mumbai’s iconic Marine drive.(Shutterstock)
A view of Mumbai’s iconic Marine drive.(Shutterstock)

Pune first, Chandigarh fifth: Here’s a list of best Indian cities to live in

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2018 10:22 PM IST
The ‘Ease of Living Index’, the first-ever exercise undertaken by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, ranked the country’s major cities on the basis of four parameters -- governance, social, economic and physical infrastructure.
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The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has ranked the country’s major cities on the basis of four parameters -- governance, social, economic and physical infrastructure.(Mohd Zakir/HT File Photo)
The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has ranked the country’s major cities on the basis of four parameters -- governance, social, economic and physical infrastructure.(Mohd Zakir/HT File Photo)

Out of 111, Delhi ranks 65th on list of best Indian cities to live in

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2018 09:23 PM IST
Delhi scored 33.18 out of 100 in institutional, social, economic and physical criterion among the among 111 major cities in the country.
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Commuters at Delhi Metro’s South Extension station on Monday, August 6, 2018. The station is a part of the newly opened Durgabai Deskhmukh South Campus-­Lajpat Nagar section of the Pink Line.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Commuters at Delhi Metro’s South Extension station on Monday, August 6, 2018. The station is a part of the newly opened Durgabai Deskhmukh South Campus-­Lajpat Nagar section of the Pink Line.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Revenue and ridership rising, Delhi Metro fare hike unlikely till 2020, says govt

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2018 09:30 AM IST
Last year, the Metro fares almost doubled after two hikes in May and October, following the recommendations of the fourth Fare Fixation Committee (FFC).
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The Lajpat Nagar Metro Station on Delhi Metro’s Pink Line. The Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus-Lajpat Nagar section will become operational from August 6, 2018.(Mohd Zakir/HT File Photo)
The Lajpat Nagar Metro Station on Delhi Metro’s Pink Line. The Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus-Lajpat Nagar section will become operational from August 6, 2018.(Mohd Zakir/HT File Photo)

Delhi Metro’s South Campus-Lajpat Nagar section on Pink Line inaugurated

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2018 10:30 AM IST
With the South Campus-Lajpat Nagar corridor of Delhi Metro’s Pink Line becoming functional, commuters will be able to reach the city’s popular markets such as Sarojini Nagar, INA, South Extension and Lajpat Nagar.
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Dry ornamental plants seen at the Kidwai Nagar residential colony that is among the seven south Delhi neighbourhoods up for redevelopment.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Dry ornamental plants seen at the Kidwai Nagar residential colony that is among the seven south Delhi neighbourhoods up for redevelopment.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Commercial spaces in Delhi colonies up for development will burden them, say experts

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 03, 2018 12:17 PM IST
The experts wrote to Union ministers against the conversion into commercial spaces of a section of the seven south Delhi colonies that are up for redevelopment.
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According to the Swachh Survekshan-2018 report, Jaipur’s rank rose from last year’s dismal 215 to 40 this year.(HT File)
According to the Swachh Survekshan-2018 report, Jaipur’s rank rose from last year’s dismal 215 to 40 this year.(HT File)

Swachh Survekshan: Jaipur among 40 cleanest cities in country

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2018 10:15 PM IST
Jaipur has improved significantly to be among the top 40 cleanest cities in the country
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Puri, a career diplomat who was handpicked by Prime Minister Modi into his council of ministers and made Rajya Sabha from UP was in Lucknow for BJP’s ‘sampark for samarthan’ campaign.(HT Photo)
Puri, a career diplomat who was handpicked by Prime Minister Modi into his council of ministers and made Rajya Sabha from UP was in Lucknow for BJP’s ‘sampark for samarthan’ campaign.(HT Photo)

Homebuyers will have more power now: Hardeep Singh Puri

By Manish Chandra Pandey | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JUN 11, 2018 12:12 PM IST
After promulgating the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2018, arming the homebuyers to have more say against builders who shortchange them, the Modi government is planning more measures to provide relief to those who invest their life’s savings in their dream flat.
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Passengers travel in the Magenta Line Metro after the Kalkaji Mandir-Janakpuri West stretch was thrown open to public on Tuesday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
Passengers travel in the Magenta Line Metro after the Kalkaji Mandir-Janakpuri West stretch was thrown open to public on Tuesday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

Delhi Metro’s Kalkaji-Janakpuri Magenta Line corridor opens, cuts Gurugram-Noida travel time

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2018 07:20 PM IST
Commuters travelling from Noida to Gurgaon can also bypass heavy Ring Road traffic in south Delhi and save time by at least 30 minutes.
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