Welcome to Gurgaon, India's 'Millennium City'

Published Jul 06, 2012 04:15am

A general view of the residential apartments is pictured at Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi.—Reuters Photo
A general view of the residential apartments is pictured at Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi.—Reuters Photo

Sarika Kapoor lives in a spacious home in one of the wealthiest cities in India. But something as simple as having a shower is fraught with problems.

Most days there is just a trickle of water from the taps and sometimes even that dries up before noon. The 56-year-old has often had to scurry to a neighbour across a potholed road to borrow a bucket of water and haul it back to her rented $300,000 home, sweat rolling down her face.

"Every morning I have to decide whether I want the upper half of my body clean or my lower half. With the amount of water we get, it's impossible to take a full-body bath," Kapoor said, sitting in her large, well-lit living room.

Welcome to Gurgaon, a city of wealthy urban professionals with gleaming shopping malls, five-star hotels and sprawling golf courses on the southern outskirts of New Delhi that is a symbol of newly affluent India.

But crippling power and water shortages, crater-riddled roads and open sewage drains have made it an extreme example of the poor infrastructure that is constraining growth in Asia's third-largest economy.

"Gurgaon is just a symbol of beautiful buildings. Otherwise it's rubbish," said P K Jain, the founder-president of the Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

"Ultimately, the town is going to collapse."

Alongside the towering residential condominiums are glass and steel office blocks. The India offices of some of the world's best known companies are here, including Microsoft Corp , Google Inc and agribusiness giant Cargill Inc.

But public infrastructure has failed to keep pace with the rapid growth unleashed by landmark economic reforms in 1991.

The provision of essential services is so bad that many companies and residents rely on expensive diesel generators to beat power cuts, pay private water tankers to deliver door-to-door when the taps run dry.

But demand outstrips supply, and with long power outages of up to eight hours a day, even well-off citizens are sometimes forced to have dinner by candlelight.

This week, residents erupted in anger over the lack of water and power during the hottest summer in the region for three decades. They took to the streets in protest and set tyres on fire to block traffic.

Nevertheless, Gurgaon has some of the fastest growing property prices in the world, with rates for some upscale homes nearly doubling to 21,000 rupees a square foot in 2011 from about 11,000 rupees in 2008, according to a report by Citibank.

At current prices, a 2,000 square foot apartment in those areas would cost $760,000. At the very top end, huge 5,500 square foot apartments set around a golf course sell for about $3 million.

Two cities

Like many other Indian cities, Gurgaon is made up of two parts. The highway to New Delhi separates the new from the old, which is still a traditional market town serving farmers in the region.

The new Gurgaon shot up out of farmland two decades ago, mainly to cater to the overflowing population of the nearby capital. It is now India's third-wealthiest city by per-capita income, and its population has climbed to more than 1.5 million from just 900,000 in 2001.

Gurgaon has also become one of the hubs for the IT and outsourcing boom that drove India's economic growth from the 1990s, giving it the name "Millennium City".

Experts say the boom caught local authorities unawares, and they did not plan adequately for the power and water needs of a rapidly expanding population.

A company like DLF, which has been buying up chunks of land in Gurgaon since the 1970s to convert into residential compounds, commercial hubs and shopping centres, has set up its own private infrastructure network.

Pockets of Gurgaon developed by DLF have their own back-up power plant, water recycling systems and solar power heating.

"I don't think the government anticipated the level of growth or the problems that come with it and therefore, has no plan for it," Mohit Gujral, vice chairman and managing director of DLF India, told Reuters.

"We are changing the urban landscape of the city because we have been allowed to get involved."

DLF recently launched its own fire brigade equipped with Mercedes fire trucks imported from Finland. In a public-private partnership (PPP) with the state, it also started building a $100 million, 16-lane highway running through the city.

Vishwas Udgirkar, a senior director at consultants Deloitte India, believes Gurgaon's good security, recreational centres, shopping areas, eateries and cinema complexes attract more people and companies to the city every year.

"But come to the public infrastructure, it's pathetic," said Udgirkar, whose office is in the city.

"In terms of governance, again it's pathetic. I don't know who would still call it 'Millennium City'. It cannot be."

Waste not, want not

This summer, with temperatures soaring to 47 degrees Celsius, Gurgaon residents grappled with the city's worst-ever power and water crisis as supplies fell to 15 per cent of the normal volume.

In the city, pigs wallowed in fetid bug-infested ponds to beat the heat as huge billboard advertisements promised condominiums with 24-hour electricity and "world-class" facilities.

Every day, from the small hours of the morning to late in the night, residents uncoiled and hooked up water hoses linking private water tankers parked outside their homes to tanks inside, replacing the municipal water supply.

Power supply has been similarly erratic.

As has happened in much of India, red tape has held up coal supplies to power plants that supply Gurgaon's electricity. Technical glitches have caused more disruptions.

In one of Gurgaon's most upscale neighbourhoods, a row of cars, including two BMWs, glistens in the sun outside a three-storey bungalow. But Purushotam, the caretaker of the household, said on some days he barely got a full bucket of water to clean the luxury cars.

"We don't have enough water to drink, how can we take elaborate baths and clean the cars? Water is like gold to us now," he chuckled.

For the thousands of migrants eking out a living in Gurgaon, working at construction sites or as household servants, life is even tougher as they are priced out of basic services that the private sector provides.

"The diesel generators are too expensive. And we don't even go to the air-conditioned malls for respite," said Naresh Kumar, who earns $150 a month as a water delivery man and says he cannot afford the fare to go to the city's shopping district.

Gurgaon, the 'America' Of India?

Many of Gurgaon's problems—a lack of administrative will, shoddy infrastructure and a lackadaisical attitude to civic services—are reflected across India.

Although the country has some state-of-the-art airports, multi-billion dollar national highways and a Formula One race track, much of its existing infrastructure has been unable to cope, and slums are mushrooming next to high-rises in its cities.

Facing a barrage of criticism over his government's handling of the economy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in June promised to help resuscitate the country's slumping growth by fast-tracking more than 200 key infrastructure projects.

New Delhi hopes to invest $1 trillion to beef up India's infrastructure over the next five years. But the unlevelled roads and heaps of garbage lying in the empty housing lots of Gurgaon reflect how far India has to go.

"It is an unplanned city," said Abhaya Agarwal, a partner at Ernst and Young. "For now it's running on water tankers and generators but in the long run it is not good for the nation."

He said that while privatised services are a short-term solution, the real answer to Gurgaon's mess is more PPP investment in infrastructure.

Gurgaon's authorities acknowledge their failures but also blame the city's residents for wasting water, which—like many services in India—is heavily subsidised.

"The problem is that people take water for granted," said Praveen Kumar, an administrator at the Haryana Urban Development Authority.

"We as a city have to improve our systems and so does the government. There are many hiccups in every set-up." he said.

Purushotam, the caretaker in the upscale neighbourhood, says generators and water tankers are keeping the city on life support.

"We moved to Gurgaon in 2005 thinking that this is the 'America of India'," he said. "But except the malls, not much is 'American' here."


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chak
Jul 07, 2012 05:05am
I've been at Gurgaon for about 6 months. its got some world class malls and shopping centres. The residential buildings and offices are the best available anywhere in the world, esp the offices. All of my american and western european colleagues commented on the quality and design of some of the buildings. The main highway is easily a sight that no other south asian city can give. Even the mtero is there. And it stops at that. Water and electricity are a problem. Each housing society for themselves is a norm rather than an exception. Pathetic interior roads and hardly any public transport and generally an unsafe place. It would take time and effort to correct these issues, but nw that it is paying huge taxes, it's going to demand better public infrastructure and that would also come in. A much better planned and developed city is navi mumbai. Green, wide roads, round the clock water and electricity, decent public transport (local train, metro, mono rail, bus and auto) makes it a paradise for middle class people. The big companies are yet to shift mass scale, but i hope for the betterment of cities in general that it happens so that this model is replicated everywhere.
Sekar
Jul 07, 2012 01:28am
It just shows the true picture of "India Shining". The reality is it may take a millinnium for India to reach a reasonable standard of living like a country like say Sri Lanka. I would not bet on India reaching a standard of living like an Asian country like Malaysia. As many economist have observed India would be an example of a country with a rising GDP and may become a top economy in terms of GDP perhaps after USA and China in the next 50 years BUT with an astounding number living in poverty of Sub Sahara proportions. Open sewers, Lack of basic amenities and infrastructure would forever be associated with "India Shining". That is stark reality. Gurgaon just is a Microcosm of that India - a bit of development juxtaposed with poverty and third world conditions.
Pakistan
Jul 07, 2012 02:25am
liaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Rohit
Jul 09, 2012 02:27am
It's not by a pakistani author. It's Reuters. And I read the same piece in 'The Telegraph' (Kolkata) yesterday.
sudeep
Jul 07, 2012 03:26pm
Imran Completely agree. God knows why my fellow Indian take offense easily. Dawn is a very respectable newspaper, better than any newspaper here in India, by far, and this article is a general interest article - nothing more.
faisal
Jul 07, 2012 03:32pm
As a Pakisni, Sir, I am envious of the progress India has made in the last 10 years or so.
american desi
Jul 06, 2012 09:32pm
but india is definitely far better than pakistan in any given scenario
NASAH (USA)
Jul 06, 2012 12:40pm
Another Fatehpur Sikri?
made1n1ndia
Jul 06, 2012 08:37pm
An Average Indian IT company makes couple of billion dollars in a year (biggest makes >$10 b.) The pain India has is associated with growth and development not with death.
SKChadha
Jul 07, 2012 11:02am
yes
Sapan Kapoor
Jul 06, 2012 10:41am
Gurgaon is one of the worst cities to live in India. Trust me when I say this for I have lived there for one year and it was bad. I shall never go back to Gurgaon again. My home city Jaipur is far better than this so-called millennium city, for we get 23 hours of power supply here every day and there's no shortage of water. At least I can live in peace here. God save the people living in Gurgaon.
Muhammad Raja
Jul 06, 2012 06:16pm
Water shotages is the key message here, maybe this is an endemic problem across sub-continent. Indian government with no other easy alternative will eventually draw even more in excess to their current share of water from the rivers that flow towards Pakistan causing shortages across the border as well, not that there is plenty water in Pakistan right now. Best practices of water conservation at micro level should be shared across sub-continent. this is the need of the hour. Ending up on a battle field for a resource, that is not managed properly in sub-continent, in future seems inevitable if rights steps are not taken.
Singh
Jul 09, 2012 10:37am
guys, i have been to Pakistan several times to all the three largest cities and i am left highly impressed. Please stop comparing becuase, diufferences if any, are marginal. A good airport in Delhi is good to be proud of but Lahore's University campuses and clean roads would make any Indian drool. Grow up and start to love each other as there is a lot of time lost between us in these kinds of columns.
Ramesh
Jul 06, 2012 05:25am
Fairly accurate portrayal. Even crappy homes are worth a crore [ for no good reason ] Government sure knew this was coming and am sure lots of funds were sanctioned for the development of infrastructure development; but obviously the funds were used very creatively by the netas, babus and chamchas. About it being America of India - it is not and it never will be. The younger generation from upper middle class and above is sure partying like it;s america and more ... but that's pretty much it. Definitely some really good work with Metro since no corruption made a huge difference. On a +ve : Gurgaon is India and cannot or should not be America.The dynamics are different but if we can get rid of corruption at a level where common man is not impacted - things will be very different. There is corruption USA but the game is played at much higher level ... it does not impact the common man - there are laws and laws are enforced pretty efficiently.
porkchop
Jul 06, 2012 12:53pm
Oh ya?? what about Karachi, lahore? can you ever name a good thing happening there?
Micheal
Jul 06, 2012 10:07am
Although I get what you're saying, I still don't think corruption is acceptable in any circumstances. We from across the border suffer from this same menace. There are many long lost projects that would have done wonders but were never completed. All you see are empty structures just standing there for no purpose.
vijay
Jul 07, 2012 03:13pm
same story in every south asian country (India, Pakistan, Nepal etc.) afetr 60 years of iondependence. no water, no electricity, still age old problems and on top of all - corrupt politicians. time for these countries to wake up, stop wasting resources in fighting each other and spend time and money in their development
chakraborty
Jul 07, 2012 03:41am
O Saleem, Please note that average Indian has progressed much more than there counterparts in the subcontinent. We are lagging because of Government inefficiency and thats what is reflected in the article. If you get to see campus of Indian Corporations - Infosys, Dhirubhai Ambani Knowlege City, TCS and many many more I will be surprised if you are not jealous. We will develop and just because of Individuals.
vbi
Jul 07, 2012 01:29am
Good. This is what some of the pakistani readers should take a note. Its strange that they comment on india's development when things are in such dire straits in their own backyard.
Sunil
Jul 06, 2012 06:44pm
Instead of defending our wrong doings lets concentrate on the problem, exists within ourselves. Post independence we have not created any city with proper infrastructure or underground sewage system. Water supply, it's pressure, sewage disposal, roads and other utilities are last on the priority while the construction takes place. First bribe all the authorities, finish the building and get out of there, leaving the occupants fighting for water, electricity, access roads, sewage disposal. This is the job of municipal administration as well as the state. They charge heavy registration fees, water charges, property taxes but in return failed to perform it's duties and that's crime. This is the condition of almost every big or small city, town in India. Don't envy mobile phones, it's working because it depends on the satellites and not underground cables. Imagine telephone connection availability pre-satellite era. Unfortunately water, electricity, roads, sewage disposal etc requires real lakes, pipe networks, big machines/buildings and we are not there yet.
ashok k. bhatia
Jul 08, 2012 08:12am
Over 90% are starving in India ?????? Ohooooo, wait a minuate.......You better put your facts togather.India with the largest middle class in the world and 2nd largest population in the world means that India has lot more people sleep full tummies then the entire population of Pakistan..You guys are obessesed with India and compare India with pakistan on every thing. There is no comparison in the devlopment,Ecconomy,growth,Infra-structure,Education,Health and military inttelegence.India knew hours later who did Mumbai killings whereas Pakistan could not find the killers of Benezeer Bhuto after 5 years of her death.What a shame
@tvarad
Jul 07, 2012 04:28am
One needs to understand that politics is simply another business in India with emptying the public exchequer that is meant for providing services the politicians' business goal. The only thing that is first world is how efficiently they are setting up state-of-the-art facilities to collect taxes.
sam
Jul 06, 2012 09:35am
correct in your imaginations...
Rita
Jul 06, 2012 10:58pm
Sam, why the hostility? What Saleem states is infact true. Name the city and there are issues specific to that city. Until and unless our administrators take the people and not their politics/votes seriously the cities will continue to suffer.
sarah
Jul 06, 2012 06:30pm
wow, sounds like every expensive neighborhood in karachi, pakistan.
NKhan
Jul 09, 2012 12:27am
If you are so proud to be Indian why you put American as a prefix in you name. You are a typical Indian I met in UAE where all of them say Ïndia Shining"but the moment they get a chance they leave India for othe Shining country.
Akil Akhtar
Jul 09, 2012 12:53am
If India (shinning India) is so great then why do millions of them rush to the Gulf and the west every year by hook or by crook. Many have given up their indian citizenship as it does not allow dual citizenships. Hardly anyone of them wants to go back but they all continue to parrot the same line that india is great.
Ali Abbas
Jul 08, 2012 11:27am
It matters more where you are heading rather than where you stand. The base of all growth is education and will to grow. I suppose if we scruitinise Pakistan as a nation according to these metrics we can see our true picture. Comparison to India or any other country for that matter is pointless. Even Afghanistan and Iraq as countries are doing better job in finding the right direction for the road forward. I have personally met people from Gurgaoun and they are proud of the growth. The pace of growth will produce its fruits, poor will not remain poor for long and incompetence and laziness (as people and as habbit) will be left behind.
Shehzad Zafar
Jul 06, 2012 10:22am
High level of corruption in Indian administrative machinery is helping to build these plazas. These subcontinent countries are like this since their creation :)
vbi
Jul 06, 2012 10:17am
Oh..is it ? so which other cities in sub-continent are far superior to indian cities ? Please note the india is a developing country unlike many other declining countries. Things are only to improve and we have witnessed a lot of improvements in last few decades. Things like this are part of any developing country and things will only be better.
Shikha
Jul 06, 2012 12:27pm
I stayed in the city for 4 years and it is one of the loveliest city in India. Presently am in Kolkata which is one of the worst.
Pramod
Jul 06, 2012 03:45pm
Surprising...The way india is growing is really a boon for other subcontinental countries...This will drive growth in other countries as well. This is the only inspiration that will remove the poverty and terrorists spread acroos the subcontinent.
Srini
Jul 06, 2012 03:07pm
The sellouts of India, like Sarika Kapoor, has a ready audience in Pakistan because there is always demand for ridiculing India amongst Pakistanis. You can see all the frustrated individuals writers will be published in Dawn and other Pakistani newspapers. In that process, if they bend the truth and make it more dramatic and attractive for the audience it is even better. There is a whole lot of NGOs doing this scavenging job against India (for the Christian west as well).
Mandeep
Jul 07, 2012 01:48pm
Gurgaon is a very young city. The builder lobby and the middle class as well are always desperate to sell and book the plots early as possible without even waiting for Govt to lay down water pipes and electricity wires. It is the result of same mentality. India is in a state of tranisition. There are many grand infrastructure projects that are in progress.Inspite of corruption and nepotism, the results will be visible in next 10 years.
Vikram
Jul 08, 2012 11:37pm
Indians need to become proactive in holding politicians answerable to their needs. People should take elections very seriously and not vote in corrupt politicians.
Imran
Jul 07, 2012 12:01pm
I dont think that the few Indians here that are trying to bash Pakistan are correct. Dawn has published an article (many of the same on Pakistan) because it has a good following in India and this is a good topic. This is not to bash India in any way. Every fool knows that India is well ahead of Pakistan in many fields.
Shaikh
Jul 08, 2012 05:00pm
Ashok, Same goes in India when it comes to pakistan. So how is it different?
Shaikh
Jul 08, 2012 04:35pm
Ashok, Not sure i should laugh at you or feel sorry for you ignorance. The world food org recently reported that the 1/3 of WORLD's hungry population lives in India, you know how is that?340millions. And its the largest hungry population by number or by percent any other country host. Get your facts straight!
IndianForever
Jul 08, 2012 04:03pm
I am not sure, what the writer is trying to accomplish here. Yea, Gurgaon is not Los Angeles, but lives on hundreds of millions Indians have gotten much better in last 10 years. On the other hand, have you looked at Karachi or any other major city in Pakistan?
porkchips
Jul 08, 2012 11:20am
yes we r doing good thing of cleansing karachi on daily basis .. cant u see news of daily killings of mujahirs , baluchis , pathans etc ...cleansing each other .. ? we are used to it since 1947 ...remember ...
panjabi munda
Jul 08, 2012 11:17am
who wants to compare India with a failed nation of pakistan which is disintegrating n kills its own coreligionists on basis of ethnicity in Karachi , has to bear shame of Osama bin laden , humiliation of drones killing their citizens in dozens in KP/ SWAT .,, where young girls are traded for mules to old men , a nation whose citizens are not welcome in any developed nation in US or europe ?
american desi
Jul 08, 2012 11:14am
stop whining crap canards...r u a product of some madrassah where they dont teach maths ? 90 % of indias 1.2 billion means almost 1 billion people are starving in india ? haha i dont think ur fantasy of dying india is true ! OF 1.2 billion , 450 million is middle class alone which is worlds second largest affluent class after 600 million of china ! yes india has more poor than pakistan given its three times more population but even indians poorest are richer than pakistans poor who cant even make 1 dollar a day according to IMF n worldbank....every single indian village has electricity even if its only for few hours unlike pakistan where most villages dont have any n run on gensets !!! i see even the quake hit n flood ravaged victims are yet to be manage a daily meal ? instead of envying indias prosperity n capitalising on its problems u need to take care of ur own poor who dont have any option hence leading to more radical resorts n militancy ... ur thinking reflects that of a failed society n failed nation.pakistan is made isolated as pariah state due to terrorism traced from USUK europe etc. while india is hailed as world power ...isnt that an humiliation when ally US goes on to offer nuclear deal to india when india dint even ask it .. n good friend pakistan does not get it despite begging for years ? time to introspect n learn from India rather than burn in envy ...after all we share same genes
chandra sekar
Jul 08, 2012 11:02am
but india is still better than pakistan where islamic is being condemned world over as terrorists nation while india is seen as world power ! yes india has problems but unlike pakistan it does not result in self-destruction
gary
Jul 08, 2012 10:34am
nd military inttelegence.India knew hours later who did Mumbai killings..... why it could not be hours, or days, earlier? Useless indian intelligence, they are no where near Mossad.
ranjeet
Jul 09, 2012 10:33am
shaik when u say somrthing also present ur source of information its better for u otherwise u also live like ur politician those r live in dreams
motiram lalwani
Jul 06, 2012 04:16pm
i can solve water drinking problem by supplying water collection and purification from atmosphere.
Nomi
Jul 09, 2012 05:06am
Come and visit our Bharia Town ships, safari villa's and Defense Housing schemes. see those roads, clubs, cenema;s, golf courses, cleaning, gyms, universities, hotels and all other infrastructure. Google it infact
Sunil Agrawal
Jul 06, 2012 11:21am
I've been living here in Gurgaon for past 1 year and I can say for sure that this is the worst city of the world to live in. No local transport, no electricity, worst roads, no water and people who always are in a mood to mees up with you. Jaipur, my home city is way better than Gurgaon. I hate Gurgaon which doesn't qualify to be called a city. it is indded a 'Gaon'.
Akshay
Jul 06, 2012 01:35pm
Gurgaon is a very young city. It has merely existed on the international scale for not more than 20 years. last year when i was in India I was amazed to see the massive scale of bulding and construction going on in Gurgaon.I could not recongize the place and locate any old landmarks. Believe me this is uprecidented construction and development on scale which may only be matched by similar projects in China. You name a multinational company, a hotel chain, a car dealership etc etc and it is in gurgaon. There is no doubt there has been a lot of apathy from the haryana government but with gurgoan still being built and developed these issues are here to stay for some time.
SKChadha
Jul 07, 2012 05:07am
I am surprised why the reality rates are so high in Gurgaon, despite light and water problems. As I see, it is because of rapid residential, office and mall developments. The construction pangs, lettered construction materials, population pressure, fund crunch are also affecting infrastructure development. Residents of new Gurgaon are mainly new Gen white color workers from all over India with high hopes. The construction of buildings is coupled up with labour force from rural India with meager income, living facilities and civic sense. Gurgaon is fast converting into Concrete Jungle and at places gives you a feeling that you are out of India in some developed nation. But that is only when you are in fenced areas.
NewBhagatSingh
Jul 06, 2012 02:44pm
Remove subsidies on water power and privatise water and power distribution. Sheila Dikshit has already done these two in New Delhi. All of India's state Discoms and Water supply boards should be privatized. Govt is not equipped to handle civic infrastructure - neither is it competent. Hope they privatize Bangalores Power and Water boards.
Madhu Shanmughan
Jul 06, 2012 01:25pm
Saleem, Do you know what was the state/fate of people in per-independent India? Please read some honest history before commenting on such things.
sam
Jul 06, 2012 05:31am
yes india is struggling with infra and power.... Yet infra and power projects are raining like hell.... we have to wait to see the results...
Indian
Jul 06, 2012 05:57am
In the direction the view and steps taken by current Delhi CM, Shiela Dixit is laudable. She has privatised electricity and now is going to privatise water distribution. Only if petty politicians keep out of development will India grow. These politicians distribute State resources to promote their voting banks. Similar steps should be taken by Hayrana government.
desi
Jul 06, 2012 06:27am
So atleast Pakistani's are'nt the only ones sitting in the dark with no water,and I'm not sure if this makes me feel any better.its a shame our governments do such a poor job of planning.
Vishnu
Jul 06, 2012 06:38am
Until 5 years ago gurgaon was a gaon, literally. the speed at which the development has happened in real estate the public infra couldnt keep up with it. its the same story everywhere else in india as well. private sector is doing its job just fine but the public sector is dragging its feet
Haroon
Jul 06, 2012 06:52am
As much as I agree that there is beauty in the sub-continent, and how well-developed cities in this region are, I will say that exploring Pakistani cities is more relevant, and must be the first priority. There is no harm in covering other cities, but projecting good within our country is awesome. Dont you think so?
Nish
Jul 06, 2012 01:07pm
Talking about India gets Dawn more hits because of number of indians visiting this site for good content. I just hope my comment is not censored.
Gurgaonite
Jul 06, 2012 03:30pm
LOL...I have been living in Gurgaon for past three years....One of the best places to live in India....Never faced problems with water....Electricity.... yes....it sometime goes for hours......
saiker
Jul 06, 2012 04:30pm
Oh my Pakistan: It can't create so it criticizes: whatever makes them hapy
chakraborty
Jul 06, 2012 07:28am
Gurgaon gave space to companies which was not possible in Delhi, at first look it can make people stand up (The picture here is among the worst). Ok we got the office space, but to live in Gurgaon is still a nightmare.
Vipin
Jul 06, 2012 02:33pm
I failed to understand why a Pakistani author has any interested in Indian city... more then that I also failed to understand people like Sunil and Sapan come to this Pakistani site and put there comment about India cities..Guys go get a life!!!..Every country have there share of problems...even in US..so called superpower..Electricity is a problem in summer. Go and check the google... millions are without electricity here too. My request to you all ....look at positive side..do not just pull each others leg and show the world..how pathetic we are
Naren
Jul 06, 2012 11:45am
Saleem, spoken like a true "Jealous" Pakistani!!!
Shilpa
Jul 06, 2012 02:20pm
Corruption,politics along with self centered and anti-national policies of the government and allies are at the root of all the problems. In an ideal situation things would have better than that in America.
Saleem
Jul 06, 2012 08:55am
The plight of Gurgaon is no different from that of any other city in India. And since things have been steadily going downhill since the "Independence", there is no reason to believe that the fate of an average Indian will be different in five years or fifty years from now.
Saravanan
Jul 09, 2012 02:46am
An otherwise admirable newspaper regularly does selective negative reporting on India, true or otherwise. This kinda reporting never happens at `Dawn' on, for example, on Sri Lanka, China or Malaysia, though they are our neighbours too. Dear Editors - What is the agenda here? What do you achieve with this? Make sure the hatred and suspicions remain intact forever? Instead, why don't you try `selectively positive' news stories or just sticking to important news only - you have to search very diligently to find if this report on Gurgaon as a main story in any Indian newspaper. And there is not a single mention of SM Krishna - Ms.Rabbani Khar meeting at the Afghanistan conference, which is of value for our countries.
Karan
Jul 07, 2012 05:46am
Where did you see this article was written by a Pakistani author? And if Sunil and Sapan needs to get a life just because they visited this site, doesn't that put you in the same shoe?
allaisa
Jul 09, 2012 02:30am
It is all a matter of perception. Six months ago I went to Gurgaon (I was told it meant the village of the Guru) and stayed their in a guest house -- no not at a 5 star hotel. I had absolutely no problem taking showers or with power cuts. I visited some of the malls and some bollywood show which is as good as the Vegas shows in the USA. Yes, some of the roads have pot holes and may be few stray dogs. But who cares? Concentrate on the positive and live your life happily.
Pramod
Jul 07, 2012 07:36am
bad monsoon this year is one of the reason
sam
Jul 07, 2012 07:47am
I think you mean white collar not 'white color'.....
raika45
Jul 07, 2012 08:18am
As far as the governing and administration procedures are carried out,I think both India and Pakistan have the same level of incompetence and corruption.
Aditya
Jul 07, 2012 05:14pm
Lol
Guest
Jul 08, 2012 02:50pm
Partner, I am a supervisor in a construction company and thousands and thousands get employment in these malls, carriers and buildings being constructed. Woeful shortcoming of toilets can remain and it doesn't affect lakhs of people like me. I know many labourers from the gangs which work for us, who have made their roof "pakka" in their homes back at villages thanks to the ongoing construction payments. they seek my advice about material and concrete. First we need a roof on our heads then we need toilets. If the boom continues, most people will have toilets also. Do you think Govt will make toilets?
Abe Rajan
Jul 08, 2012 02:23pm
Again, that is not the point. Why compare ourselves to Pakistan. Why not make China our new benchmark...... Of course, if u want to feel better (while u are relieving yourself by the side of a rail track somewhere in India, close your eyes and compare India with somalia.... FYI, I am an Indian also, and 'patriotic' to boot.....
Aamed
Jul 07, 2012 11:41pm
India was declining country till 1991... Point is, all countries have ups and downs. You just as easily go again. Confidence is one thing, arrogance is quite another
mayank
Jul 08, 2012 12:22am
I have my office located in center of Gurgaon.. its a very young city and i totally agree with the author that the local administration could not keep pace with the boom in the infrastructure.. as for office space and malls.. i bet its comes next to Singapore and hongkong.. but for residential space,its below average if not worst... NOIDA which also is pasrt of NCR (National Capital Region) is far better in residential aspect... PS: If u ever get a chance to come to Gurgaon i bet ur neck will become stiff by constantly looking up at the sprawling buildings and lavish malls..!!
arun
Jul 08, 2012 02:49am
All a body needs is food, shelter and clothing and I pray everyone in the world has that. Seeking beyond that is Maya - an ilusion.
azlan
Jul 08, 2012 02:58am
well the electricity supply is bad in U.P of India, pathetic bizli situation is in pakistan. However India has hope that after civil nucleur prog would kick start all this can be resolved. This at least makes us some better.
Mohammad A. Khokhar
Jul 08, 2012 03:07am
Both India and Pakistan are only having their regimes for taking care of the ruling party HEAD which they are even afraid to SPEAK the true problem the country is facing. Pakistan is certainly ahead of this game of CORRUPTION as its president is also the pary head of ruling elite.
Sekar
Jul 08, 2012 04:13am
Sir, Many of the writers responding to the Reuters piece are probably flattered by your comment. I am also sorry Pakistan compares poorly to India. But that is nothing for India to brag about. The truth of the matter however painful and embarrassing it may be to Indians is that India has a long way to go from the current-situation of a ' slum dog millionaire ' reality to a descent third world country. The basic needs of a billion people are not met. What is needed are toilets, sewage disposal , clean water, safe food, shelter , corruption free ethos and an intellectual honesty to look at facts. F-30 fighter jets, nuclear submarines and aircraft cariers, shopping malls and a few high rise buildings do not make a country advanced. Many Indians have a false sense of patriotism and would not want to discuss facts or acknowledge woeful shortcomings in their country. that somehow takes away the sheen from ' India shining' .
Shahid
Jul 08, 2012 04:25am
Get off your high horse, vbi. India's unwashed masses are perhaps a smidgen better off than Pakistan's. Nothing to be particularly proud off for either country, but i pity you if that is a victory in your mind.
desi
Jul 08, 2012 05:58am
As far as what we see in Bollywood,sure I agree,but reality is,Pakistan has little over 180 million in population and India has alot more,but in both countries over 90 % of people are starving.So how is it that India is better,Thousands of our people die of hunger.We are not looking for precieved value,reality my friend,reality.
desi
Jul 08, 2012 06:07am
We as Pakistani's don't need to take notes miss/mr hateful,we know our government sucks and our country is poor.You on the other hand ain't that far off,India has far more people dying of starvation but hey,you are the largest democracy and you have bollywood LOL.Get a life and stop being so paranoid.On a side note,India can never ever compare to Pakistan no matter how bad Pakistan becomes.
sri1ram
Jul 09, 2012 05:29am
Maybe true, Mohammad. But in India the organized corruption of our politicians is in tens of lakhs of crores now !! Most of it has come into the Indian real estate as keeping the money in Swiss or Caymen are fraught with risks. So the real estate has become extremely unaffordable in all urban areas due to endless black money. On the positive side, the politicians, esp the newer generation, have understood in no uncertain terms that accountability is the key to power retention. So, the amount of money coming into infrastructure projects has gone up in percentage over the past years. We can visibly see the quality of roads, highways, public transport vehicles, education doles, food to schools, Government health care and epidemic prevention all improve like never before in the past 4-5 years. I guess now there is enough money for the politicians to satiate their boundless greed AND help the public, in that order of priority!!
sri1ram
Jul 09, 2012 05:43am
Shaikh, Yes, India has 212 million undernourished or starving people – marginally below the 300 million estimated for 1990, but this is now one fifth of the population compared to one third - a change of 10%. Tragic as it is, if that's not improvement in a burgeoning population in an "underdeveloped nation", I don't know what is? Most of the 212 million are 99% of the 1000 Adivasi households from 40 villages in the two states, who experienced chronic hunger (unable to get two square meals, or at least one square meal and one poor/partial meal) who are not in the mainstream YET and support naxals and other movements. Some can keep on harping on the negatives, till there are no more. So India is improving as evidenced by one and all, the pace is too gradual for one's liking.
sri1ram
Jul 09, 2012 05:52am
Good logic NKhan, When educated middle-class Indians have the choice to make between an average Rs. 30,000 for a month in India or Rs. 2-3 Lacs a month in the USA or the west or even the tax-free Mid-east, why not? It has nothing to do with India shining, just sound economics. After all, most indians like me re-invest in India, either in real estate or in our own people, as the ultra-developed USA for instance only gives us 1-2% increase in USD savings bank deposits, while Indian banks give us very safe 8-10% increase in Rupee savings in fixed deposits. And we are not even talking about treasury or retail liquid mutual funds that accumulate to upwards of 15% per year long term.
Rajesh gupta
Jul 09, 2012 08:49am
Indians and Pakistanis's comparing with each other is like a donkey comparing it to a mule. Both are corrupt nations and will remain like this forever, will keep on fighting with each other and will keep on buying weapons from the western world to kill each other when at the same time in both countries children will keep on dying of hunger and disease. Both are failed states and till the public on both sides realize this and throw away the dirty politicians from both side these countries will remain poor and undeveloped for centuries.
Chandra
Jul 09, 2012 09:49am
Why do you compare with Pak? Why not with better country? Pak is as good or bad as India. People with similar mentality, same type of corrution etc...