Noida and Gurgaon are both the modern cities of India that have witnessed a lot of development in last 15 to 20 years. Both the cities are in fact competitors when it comes to developing new infrastructure such as skyscrapers, metro rail, transport facilities, entertainment, shopping facilities and few other things. Hence, it sometimes becomes difficult to choose one of these cities for investment or living purpose. Despite being so many similarities, there are lots of differences too in terms of vibe, environment, and facilities. There are people who always defend “dynamic” Gurgaon, and claim it’s the best city in NCR. And then there are others who swear by “planned-city” Noida.
Noida has a location advantage in terms of proximity to Delhi. It is closer to the New Delhi Railway Station and Connaught place, the heart of Delhi. Gurgaon, has better access to the airport. This is the reason why so many multinationals chose Gurgaon as their address. Noida has better travel facilities you can get sharing autos or roadways buses and even private buses from every metro station.
Noida came to existence in 1976, much before Gurgaon. It grew slowly but in a well planned manner. Gurgaon, on the other hand, saw a sudden spurt of growth. Hence the growth has been unbalanced. It has been home to as many as 1100 residential skyscrapers with modern planning. But most of the Gurgaon lacks proper urban infrastructure with broken roads and streets that often leads to traffic jams. On the other hand Noida infrastructure has been planned in a better way and offering wide roads, better water treatment facilities, better public transport and most importantly the basic residential facilities in sectors. The minimum road width in Noida’s industrial sectors is 80 feet compared to Gurgaon’s 45 feet.
Noida follows a better approach to town management. The suburb has well laid-out residential and commercial sectors with wide roads, flyovers and under-passes and plenty of local shopping complexes in each sector. Almost every residential sector in Noida is equipped with well-maintained parks and kids play areas while the key parks in Gurgaon are the Aravali Biodiversity Park, Leisure Valley Park in Sector 29, Tau Devi Lal Biodiversity Botanical Garden in Sector 52, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Park in Sector 14 and Tau Devi Lal Park in Sector 23. However, most of the residential area parks in Gurgaon are small and ill-maintained.
Leading health care provider institutes in Gurgaon include Fortis Hospital, Medanta, Artemis and Max Hospital. Gurgaon has become an increasingly popular destination for medical tourism. Noida too is not behind, it has health care facilities from Fortis, Max healthcare, Kailash, Apollo and more.
There are many popular and sought after schools in Gurgaon as well as Noida. They are a tad higher in number in Gurgaon, such as The Shriram School, The Heritage School, various branches of The Delhi Public School, The Shiv Nadar School, Pathways, Goenkas, Scottish High, Shikshantar, the list is exhaustive. Noida has Step By Step World School, Genesis Global School, Delhi Public School, Shiv Nadar School but not as many schools as Gurgaon.
Noida, however, is definitely ahead of Gurgaon when it comes to education facilities at a university level. The presence of UP Technical University, Amity University, Shiv Nadar University, Galgotia’s University, Sharda University MTU and many high rated technical and B-Schools in Noida makes it an education hub. Gurgaon has also attracted many educational institutions but most of them are either into offering the post academic training courses or just are not of that scale/reputation except MDI.
Noida is a major hub for multinational Indian and foreign IT outsourcing firms such as Sapient, Fiserv, Headstrong, HCL, Tech Mahindra, Adobe Systems, AON Hewitt, Fujitsu,TCS, Ericsson, Dell, Sparta Consulting, EXL Service, First Flight Courier, IBM, WIPRO, Corbus, Accenture, Samsung etc. India’s biggest energy and power utilities companies including Reliance Infrastructure, NTPC Limited, Tata Power, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Oil India Limited, Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Indian Oil Corporation, Samsung Engineering, BGR Energy Systems Ltd have their corporate offices in Noida.
On the other hand while many of the IT companies which have offices in Noida also running their operations in Gurgaon. Maurti Suzuki Private Limited was the first company that set up a manufacturing unit in the city in 1970s making cars. General Electric (GE)was the first American Brand that entered Gurgaon in 1997 and is regarded as the first foreign company in India that was established for outsourcing software work. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, IBM, American Express, Agilent Technologies, Microsoft, and Bank of America are a few to name fortune 500 companies who have chosen Gurgaon to be their Indian corporate headquarters. Few start ups that have now evolved into bigwigs such as Zomato, Quikr etc. are also born out of Gurgaon.
Law And Order
Though one word to describe the law and order situation all over is “Pathetic”, but somehow Gurgaon, in relative terms, is perceived to be safer. Gurgaon has stretches which are quite cosmopolitan and hence the crime rate is low. Also gated colonies and condominiums are considered safer.
The debate continues! The bottom line is that both are homes to scores of populace, local and migrant, and pride of Delhi NCR.