DLF Cybercity Gurgaon

One of my friend lives near Sikanderpur metro station. I went to see him yesterday and as usual i had to travel by train and it was not an easy journey. Delhi metro trains are over crowded even it was a weekend afternoon. From Preet Vihar it took 20 mins to reach Ragiv Chowk metro station and then a switch to yellow line towards Huda City Centre took 45 mins to reach sikanderpur metro station. After recalling all the old memories and where we stand in the career, we popped out and went to Sikanderpur Rapid Metro (walking distance from my friends home)

Rapid Metro Sikanderpur Station

Rapid Metro Sikanderpur Station

The station looked brand new, i guess it had been open to public less then few months. I remember watched the news that it will be similar to Delhi metro. Truly from inside it looked very modern and also had a tv screen, which is not available in any Delhi metro as of now. The journey from Sikanderpur Rapid metro station to Vodafone Belvedere Towers station took less then 5 mins and we reached the DLF Cybercity. To my perception, i felt it will be another pile of towers and concrete. I was surprised to see that this cybercity has grown from leaps and bounds and had a nice modern feel to it. The praise won’t come high, i might compare DLF Cybercity to Canary Warf of London. The city was well made and made me a feeling that i am not in gurgaon but strolling around the high street of canary warf.

DLF Cybercity

DLF Cybercity

The city is getting populated with big names already, to name a few KPMG, Deloite, Honda tech, Lufthansa Airlines, Google, Bain and company, Oracle, Accenture had their offices. The biggest attraction to my eyes was how well DLF has catered to the people of Cybercity food and shopping needs in the area. I saw a nice food court, and worth a mention. They had Starbucks, the wine company which is not open in many posh areas of Delhi yet. Truly Gurgaon has grown surprisingly fast and its a phenomenon which has forced and pushed the envelop of growth in the developing India.

DLF cybercity View from terrace

DLF cybercity View from terrace

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Traffic Conditions in Delhi

This post may say a lot about Delhi the good the bad’s. Most importantly i will try to highlight what you might face or experience when you come to Delhi for a business visits, or as a tourist. These are my personal experiences and therefore, not necessarily very accurate.

Delhi is a capital city of India, as we all know. The number of people live here is absolutely staggering. Nearly 20 million people more or less people live here. Delhi is connected to many sub growing cities namely Gaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Noida. This make the city a very very crowded place. For Instance the the distance between one corner of Delhi to another corner of Delhi is an average 45 km. On a normal day traffic it should take not more then an hour to cross such a distance. at peak times of traffic which is early mornings . The office rush starts by 7 am and stays till 11 am. Literally 40% of Delhi’s cars are on road inching towards the offices, factories and shops etc. Like any other city everyone wants to reach office in time.    Delhi has developed every year, but the road conditions in Delhi has remained same. even if the growth has been going on, the growth rate has been so slow its almost unnoticed by people who live in Delhi and Commute on daily basis.

If we talk about the Delhi Satellite Cities, Gurgaon had rocketing growth and this city is simply untamed in all manners. More then usual 3 lane system, in some highway road, and toll roads thee are more then 6 lanes, still the traffic has grown so astonishingly it is simply unprecedented. Advise – So, if you are planning to to travel to Delhi or any of its satellite cities, be prepared and take a water bottle, well charged mobile phone, and surely internet enabled phone, if you get stuck.