GURUGRAM: In the state budget presented just two days after the BJP-JJP regime sailed through the no-confidence motion in the assembly, the Haryana government announced it would build a new business district in the city on land that had originally been allotted for a special economic zone but is back with the state now because the project never took off.
Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar also announced that the government would develop two film cities in Gurugram and Pinjore (Panchkula). This is the second Film City venture to be announced in the national capital region in recent months. The UP government has proposed setting up a giant Film City in Greater Noida, off the Yamuna Expressway.
The new business district will be developed at Global City near Manesar over 1,000 acres of land adjoining the Dwarka Expressway. It will have a convention centre and residential and industrial zones. A connection with a proposed mass rapid transit system connecting Gurugram, Manesar and Bawal is also proposed. The project is planned under the Gurugram-Manesar Urban Complex Plan 2031. The government said it aims to build it as the central business district not just for the city but all of Delhi-NCR.
Officials said that the Film City in Gurugram will be more of a technology hub, unlike a conventional Film City. The land for it has not been earmarked yet, officials said, adding 50 acres had been identified for the Film City to be set up in Pinjore. “Gurugram will come in the second phase. Pinjore will take priority since land is available,” said V Umashankar, principal secretary to the CM. “The issue in Gurugram is availability of land. However, there is interest (in the project), and on the basis of that interest, the land identification process will start in Gurugram. It could be anywhere along the KMP expressway as well, since it gives the transit possibility and makes movement clear. We will probably look for a piece of land that comes along the KMP.”
The announcement of a Film City in Gurugram has made it the second venture of its kind to be proposed in the national capital region after the UP government’s Film City project. However, the Film City in Noida will be a conventional Film City with studios and other structures, however, officials said that the Film City in Gurugram will leverage the technological strengths of the Millennium City.
“The Film City in Gurugram is essentially leveraging the technological strengths of Gurugram. A lot of film making and film techniques are now heavily dependent on technology. The one in Gurugram will leverage the technological strengths that Gurugram already possesses in comparison to Noida. The one in UP is more comprehensive since it will be the conventional film city with studios, residential areas and other things,” added Umashankar. Officials said depending on the venture’s success, the Pinjore Film City could be expanded to 200 acres.
Gurugram deputy commissioner Yash Garg said, “I welcome the announcement of setting up a Film City here. It is a great decision since it will add something new to Gurugram. Global City too is an ambitious project. It will completely change the economy of the area,” added Garg.
Global City will come up on land acquired by the HSIIDC in Harsaru, Gadholi Khurd, Mohammadpur Jharsa and Khandsa, which are in sectors 36, 36B, 37 and 37B off the Dwarka expressway.