Living It Up While Working At The Delhi Aerocity
April 3, 2017
Mobility hubs, be it an airport or seaport, have often defined the growth trajectory and sustainability of a city. An Aerocity or an Aerotropolis provides the impetus for such cities to transcend from being a metropolis to becoming one among the ‘Future Cities’ of the world. Beijing, Amsterdam, LA, Johannesburg and Songdo in South Korea exemplify this model.
In India, the Indira Gandhi International Aerocity has done the same for Gurgaon. Located strategically between Delhi and Gurgaon, this aerotropolis will convene a cluster of aviation-linked businesses, and a vast hospitality and retail hub that includes a 86,400 sq. meter convention and exhibition complex set on 30 acre of land, a 60,000 sq. meter hotel complex and a 36,600 sq. meter commercial complex.
What this aerotropolis is envisioned to do is to exponentially multiply the city’s commercial potential, while in itself providing huge employment potential in diverse sectors to a tune of about 15,000 people directly and more indirectly in IT, banking, logistics, warehousing and retail. The hospitality sector, slated to be the biggest, see names such as Marriot, Pullman and Lemon Tree among others, together adding over 5,000 hotel rooms. Foreign tourist arrivals are set to hit over 12 million, while FDI in NCR, which is already among the highest in the country, will double, dramatically altering the economic landscape of the region.
What’s most striking about this aerotropolis is its living ecosystem that extends away from it; this provides a more salubrious and conducive residential atmosphere, while ensuring easy connectivity to it, unlike many aerocities that include such sectors within its environs. The Dwarka Expressway (DEW) in Gurgaon, literally a stone throw away from the aerotropolis, is a most sought after area of residence, with abundant options in residential townships, hi-end apartments and luxury villas. Over 42,000 residences in around 100 residential projects by some of the country’s best builders are being developed here, providing employees of the aerotropolis global, upmarket and urbane residences.
Developed in strict adherence to the Gurgaon-Manesar 2031 Masterplan, the entire area along the DEW is a planned development zone with separate areas and locations earmarked for residential projects, commercial areas and public utilities along with education hubs, healthcare facilities, hospitality and entertainment units. The biggest advantage is the connectivity it provides to the airport, to Delhi, to Gurgaon central districts and to the industrial belt of Manesar and further down to the upcoming Mumbai-Delhi Industrial corridor. The planned metro rail alongside the DEW will enhance mobility further.
Work-life balance being the crux of good living, working at the aerotropolis and residing in an area such as on the DEW, is perfection.