Gurgaon is synonymous with glitz, glamour and all things gorgeous, isn’t it? Whether it’s the plush residential properties, happening places to chill or the swanky office complexes – Gurgaon has this posh vibe. But have you ever wondered how it was some 25 years ago?
OLD GURGAON – AN UNSEEN FACE OF THE G-TOWN
While the city dwellers fall short of words praising the uber cool New Gurgaon, those living in the old part of the city have a totally different story to tell. There is a stark difference between the two faces of the same city. The old Gurgaon has a peculiar character which almost gives you a culture shock. Dusty air, never-ending traffic jams, damaged roads, inadequate water & electricity and no development to be seen as far as your eyes can spot.
Woes of old Gurgaon
The city has not seen authorities taking any substantial steps to better the situations faced by the people living in old Gurgaon. Initially, it was mainly a vast land of green fields, forests and crops tucked near the Aravalli range in Haryana which has transformed to the present day Gurgaon that most people know of. However, a part of it has left unattended which causes people to feel like an outsider. Electricity, water supply and condition of the roads speak volumes about the old city.
Infrastructure & Residential Areas
The time has stood still for the residents or so it appears looking at the condition in Old Gurgaon. It is surprising to learn that the city got its first multiplex only 2 years ago. There is no prominent development to be seen in this part of Gurgaon because it is not considered as a hot property. People prefer to live in posh localities and so the development has taken a backseat.
City’s oldest market
Sadar Bazar remains a popular hub for most of the residents. Located next to the main bus stand in the old city, the market is the oldest and the busiest. One of the major reasons for people swarming in large numbers here is that the goods here are sold at dirt cheap prices. But even though it is one of the important spots of old city, the authorities choose to turn a blind eye towards it. People have shops running from 60 years and they still face problems such as encroachment, parking issues, poor sanitation and no security measures.
NEW GURGAON – WHAT’S NEW?
Gurgaon is always in the limelight for its development. Shopping malls, pubs, restaurants, start-ups, metro and a lot of other projects that the old city is aloof of. It is not long ago that it got a new name which became a debatable topic for some. According to the folklore, Gurgaon derived its name from Guru Dronacharya. On 27 sept, 2016 Haryana’s CM, Manohar Lal Khattar officially announced the name change to Gurugram. The present day New Gurgaon is beaming with new projects, construction and a lot more. The two main clusters in New Gurgaon along the upcoming Dwarka-Gurgaon Expressway are Sectors 102 to 113 and Sectors 76 to 95 & 95A. New Gurgoan is well connected with three highways, NH8, Kundli–Manesar–Palwal Expressway and Dwarka-Gurgaon Expressway, Railway Station, Airport, and the proposed ISBT.
Real Estate – City’s Pride
The new city boasts of luxury apartments with top notch facilities, five-star hotels, golf courses and hundreds of firms. It has definitely become a hotspot for investment as well. The real estate developers have managed to change the landscape. The imagery of high-rise buildings, workplaces, homes and shopping destinations sync aptly with New Gurgaon.
Nightlife of the Millennium city
It is not an unknown fact that the new city charms away everyone with its effervescent nightlife. The cyber hub and Sector 29 areas are literally a hub of enjoyment. With new pubs, restaurants and cafes launching every now and then, the city has its share of pure bliss. The nightlife is so much happening and these pubs being at an arm’s distance from office complexes makes it quite feasible for the millennials to relax after a long day at work.
Shopping & much more
Home to many fun events, fests, workshops, store launch & anything that defines extravagance, New Gurgaon has it all. The city also prides itself on the most popular shopping malls like Ambience Mall, MGF Metropolitan to name a few which has world-class infrastructure and exclusive brand stores. One can also find gaming counters, ice-skating and multiplexes which pretty much justifies the city much to its name “Singapore of India”.
The new G-town surely has all that glitterati but the point still remains that old city is not all gold!