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Beard and moustaches are not a trend we're unfamiliar with. For long beards have been a big fashion statement and today it would be difficult to find a style icon who has not rocked a beards at one point. Breads are especially appreciated for the month of November, when men all around the world grow their beards and pledge the grooming cot to spreading cancer awareness.

If you're someone who takes pride in their beard and moustache or feel a loss every time you get a trim, we have some news for you. Participate in the national beard and moustache championship happening on 29th November in Gurugram & celebrates your glorious mane!

What's the buzz?

Happening on November 29th, this beard and moustache competition is where all you bearded weirdo need to be. Brought to Gurgaon by Beardo and Mensxp, this is the competition, nay a championship for those who have a passion for their facial hair and just cannot think about cutting or shaving it off.

If you have a beard or even a simple moustache, you can participate in the competition and celebrate the end of No-Shave November. Plus, you get undeniable bragging rights and the joy of winning a prestigious competition.

The Categories

The beard and moustache competition is open for people in six different categories which include: Longest beard, Funky Beard, Black & Grey Beard, The Great Indian Moustache, Handlebar Moustache and Mr. Beard Indian 2019.

The conditions are as simple as can be, you need to have a natural bear, the more natural the better, styling tools are allowed but you cannot compete with a tucked in beard.

Plus, the event will be a coming together of people with similar inclinations and a group of beardos you can chill and hangout with. Also, the event will have several fun events and games that you can participate in and have the time of your life.

Knock Knock

Be a part of the biggest beard and moustache competition happening in the region and enjoy the opportunity to get bragging rights and amazing prizes. Become the undisputed beard champion in India and let your facial hair have its moment.

Date: November 29th

Tickets: ₹549 onwards | Register here

Venue: DLF Cyber City, Sector 24, gurugram

Travelling from Delhi to Gurugram (or vice versa) has, over time, become a breeze for commuters. With the help of the NH-8, they can bypass crowded areas and make use of the massive 36 lane route to get to their destination as quickly and smoothly as possible. However, soon, travelling by this route could pose a problem as 14 lanes of the National Highway will be closed down until further notice. Well, it’s time to steel yourself up against the inevitable traffic jams.

What’s the update?

The existing 36 lane NH-8 road just adjacent to Ambience Mall, Gurugram will be partially blocked as a result of construction work that is underway at the area. The construction is being done to create an underpass that can be used by commuters to take quick U-turns without having to travel much far ahead.

However, to make way for infrastructural activities, the plan is to close down 14 lanes. In turn, this will make travelling from the area nothing short of a massive problem, but since this is the most favoured route from Gurugram to Delhi, we don’t expect a lot of people to deviate from their daily route.

The details of the road closure

Earlier, when the work for the underpass had begun, five lanes of NH-8 were closed. Following that, the number rose to 9 and soon enough, 14 lanes will be closed. Authorities have stated that their aim is to complete the underpass tunnel as soon as they can and get the road back up and running.

Additionally, they have also stated that the traffic cops present in the area will be responsible for managing traffic in an orderly, streamlined fashion. The route sees about 3.5 lakh vehicles on a daily basis and with the closure of a section of the road, we don’t even want to think of the traffic jams it will ensue.

As of now, no date has been given as to when the work on the underpass will be completed and we can only hope that they open up the roads before road closure turns out to be a major issue.

Hands down, we love street food and we’ve often ignored the cleanliness factor because of course, our cravings have been stronger than our morals! Who can resist chatpata chaat or the saucy chicken rolls dripping with oil or the khatti chuskis- aah. Definitely there are other hygienic places to eat at but till the time we don’t taste the street’ish vibes in our grub, it doesn’t really make the cut for us.

And then there are those friends of ours, who wouldn’t step out to munch on such street-food because they’re always so finicky about the water-ice-oil the shops use, wageirah wageirah.

So we have news for those friends of yours because finally, they can head out with you too, to relish a sesh of street-food binging after work, weekends or during breaks!

What’s the News?

This August onwards, Gurugram’s Sector 38 will be home to the first clean street food market in the state which is a big win for picky eaters!

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has teamed up with Gurugram’s local administrative authorities to set-up this market and it’ll be modeled as an open-air food court! It’ll also have around 100 vendors wearing identical uniforms, gloves and name tags which will make the framework even more liable.

The entire expanse of the market will be cleansed daily and it’s also being said that the vendors will be provided with guidelines on how to deal with their customers in a cordial ways.

The food is preparations will be intensely monitored by the FSSAI and they will ensure that the market makes its way to the cut-off of the standards of safety and hygiene, as instructed by them.

According to TOI, KK Sharma, the nodal officer for the project has stated,
“We have completed the survey and pre-audit for the market and even trained a hundred vendors in public dealing. We had selected two places for the markets- one opposite Medanta in Sector 38 and the other in Sushant Lok but due to non-cooperation from the traders in Sushant Lok, we are only going ahead with the one in Sector 38 for now.”

In 2015, Sector 38 had been earmarked for a similar model project but it never took off. It is being assumed that this clean street food zone will be functional August 2019 onwards and once it is established, the authorities will be on the lookout for other spots around the city.

Gurugram is one of the biggest IT hubs in the country and now, it will get Wifi connectivity across the city. With sky high buildings and a mean facade, it truly is a concrete jungle and a place that many aspire to settle in. Now, the city is set to become more appealing owing to the new Wifi zones that will be set up across the city.

The project will be accomplished through satellite wi-fi zones that will transmit the wireless network across the city. Gurugram is already well connected- in every sense of the word and this comes as the icing on the cake.

Additionally, the authorities will have to lay down optic and fibre cables across the city. As of now, an area of over 100 kilometers has been covered and the goal is to lay down cables across 600 kilometers in the city.

Following this, the government has roped in many private players who are willing to do their part, set up poles and other infrastructure. One of the primary objectives of the project is to connect the city via satellites as well.

Currently, the wi-fi enabled zones in Gurugram are facing issues in handling the total traffic that comes from internet users. The inflow is too high and because of this, speeds take a huge hit.

The new Wifi zones on the other hand will ensure high speeds of internet browsing. Under the plan to connect it via satellite, residents of the city will be able to monitor a lot of the public sector activities and how they are being carried out.

The fact that the city will become a complete Wifi zone is a great addition to the already budding town. Once complete, Gurugram will be the first city in the country to be under surveillance of the satellite.

The Delhi metro has changed the way we travel in the national capital. The metro is constantly evolving into a bigger and better intra city rail system. The latest expansion of the metro was when the Blue Line was expanded till several areas in Noida and now, the government has approved the construction of an extension from where the current Yellow Line route ends. As part of the expansion, 25 new stations will be built and connected to Gurugram’s rapid transit metro.

What’s the update?

Construction of the metro route was approved on Monday by the Haryana government. As of now, the Yellow Line takes commuters all the way to HUDA City Center but now, the route will be extended to connect older parts of Gurugram as well.

The total length of the upcoming corridor will be around 30-kilometers, which means that the 25 new stations will connect more areas in the city than ever before. What’s more is that the at the terminating station, the route will also connect to the rapid metro system. The goal is to have the new metro route up and running by 2024.

The facts

The upcoming expansion of the Yellow Line metro is expected to include areas such as Sector 45, Cyber Park, Sector 46, Sector 47, Sector 48, Technology Park, Udyog Vihar Phase 6, Sector 10, Sector 37, Basai, Sector 9, Sector 7, Sector 4, Sector 5, Ashok Vihar, Sector 3, Krishna Chowk, Palam Vihar Extension, Palam Vihar, Sector 23 A, Sector 22, Udyog Vihar Phase 4 and 5. Residents of these areas have long been plagued by the issue of poor connectivity and a lack of a proper public transport system.

Additionally, a 2-kilometer stretch from Basai to Dwarka Expressway has also been proposed along with another stretch from Sector 22 to Cyber City Rapid Metro- almost 3-kilometers, has also been proposed. Plans for both the stretches have been approved.

The extension plan is said to cost around ₹6,000 crores and once the money is sanctioned to the metro authorities, they plan to begin work as soon as possible. As for the ridership, the authorities have big plans for the future of this metro route and expect to see the daily footfall skyrocket.

Gurugram had been proclaimed as the most coveted office space in the country and only a few months after, the office hub garnered a title in Asia’s top 5 IT hubs. Gurugram is known for its great office culture, easily available office spaces and a work culture that is ever evolving.

In a recent report submitted by CBRE, a real estate company, Gurugram was proposed as one of the five top IT hubs in the Asia-Pacific region. The city joined the likes of Shanghai, Singapore and Beijing to become one of the most coveted IT hub in the Asia-Pacific region.

The report mentions Gurugram as the second biggest IT hub in the country, following Bangalore, and the leading destination where companies seek to open and secure their base.

India’s great ecosystem has bred several scientists, mathematicians and engineers and comprise of a huge chunk of the world’s top brains. It is the readily available brain power which has enabled these IT hubs to set up and start in the country. In terms of sheer office stock, Gurugram has a whooping 60 million square feet space.

The work culture, readily available residential areas and the overall business forward culture of the city has contributed to it becoming one of the most coveted office spaces. Some would even say that the proximity of an international airport is something that adds to the overall charm of the said IT hub.

Well, whatever it is, we hope that Gurugram follows on to bloom into a place where people not only want to, but hope to work.

Residents of Delhi, NCR know that the traffic condition in the city could do with a complete makeover. The roads are jammed, major areas are cut off and on the whole, travelling using one’s own vehicle is nothing short of a major hassle. Now, to combat these issues and to somewhat control the traffic situation in Gurugram and Manesar, a company named NEC is stepping up and installing advanced surveillance and a traffic management system in the city. Here’s all you need to know about it.

What’s the update?

Under the project, selected locations in Gurugram will be fitted with a variety of CCTV cameras to perform traffic enforcement and general surveillance across 115 sectors of Gurugram and Manesar. The project was proposed back in March 2019 and is expected to be implemented within this year.

To support the implementation of a comprehensively integrated video surveillance system, the organization will set up IP-based outdoor security cameras across various identified locations in the city. The video surveillance system will help in enforcing traffic discipline through the use of AI-based analytics software such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD).

Additionally, the system will monitor traffic junctions and other sensitive areas to identify traffic offenders and issue alarms. Subsequent e-challans (electronic fines) can then be issued to offenders who are seen flouting traffic rules with the help of these systems.

In the first phase of the project, approximately 1,200 High Definition (HD) and Ultra High Definition (UHD) cameras are expected to be deployed in over 200 traffic junctions, sending video feeds to monitoring centers 24 hours a day. The project will utilize the dedicated Optical Fiber Backbone currently being laid out by the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) using robust ring network topology.

Cameras deployed in key selected locations will be equipped with facial recognition technology featuring NeoFace Watch, a facial recognition software platform by NEC, to identify persons of interest and other suspicious elements to support law enforcement efforts.

The Gurugram Municipal Development Authority commented, “The current population of Gurugram is estimated to be close to 2.5 million and is expected to grow rapidly over the next few years. We need to constantly aim and strive to work towards enhancing public welfare. We are hopeful that the successful implementation of this project will propel Gurugram into an attractive city to live, work and visit.”

About NEC Technologies India

NEC is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies and brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to provide solutions for empowering people, businesses and society. Headquartered in Japan, NEC started operations in India in the 1950s.

The year 2019 has brought many changes for the public transportation system in Delhi NCR. Introduction of new lines, extensions of old ones and now approval of the much awaited Gurugram-Faridabad connection.

As a gift to the residents of NCR, the center government gave a go ahead to the ambitious Faridabad-Gurugram Metro route that had been pending from quite some time.

Going from Faridabad to Gurugram this project would cost around ₹ 5900 crore and would only have 7 stations on the route.

Starting at Bata station in Faridabad, the line would include Bhadkal Enclave, Pali Crusher Zone, Bhati Mines, Mandi, Sushant Lok Sector 54 and Sector 45 and would terminate at the HUDA City Centre station in Gurugram. The line would be 30.3 kilometer long and will be elevated.

While both Haryana and Central governments have given in-principle approval of the project, the detailed project report will be available after six months. The governments next concern is to connect Greater Noida to Greater Faridabad. Work on the bridge connecting Greater Noida with Faridabad at Manjawali is almost done and it would open to residents in a few months’ time.

Even though the projects has been recently approved, it would be a big blessing for people who have to travel from Faridabad to Gurugram or Gurugram to Faridabad, daily.

If you hate traffic (who doesn’t), and if you fly a lot, then you’re in for a pleasant new year surprise. The upcoming Delhi-Gurugram-Alwar line will make things easier as it cuts the travel time to the airport from Rajiv Chowk and Manesar by almost 80%.

Currently, going to the airport from these places is a chore as it takes a couple of hours to get there by road or even the metro. With the upcoming metro, it will take 10 minutes to get to the airport from Rajiv Chowk and a mere 20 minutes from Manesar. Now that’s some convenience!

Another benefit of the upcoming metro line, apart from the reduced travel times will be the decrease in intra-city traffic as well as inter-city travel. The decrease in traffic in the affected areas will in turn reduce the pollution in the national capital.

Upcoming metro route

The construction of the 106 km long corridor will be completed in three phases. The first from Delhi to SNB via Gurugram, the second from SNB to Sotanala and the last one extending to Alwar. The rail map can be seen in the above graphic.

The new metro line, which comes under RRTS (regional rapid transit system), will cover areas from Sector 17 Gurugram to Udyog Vihar and Rajiv Chowk. The project for the metro line recently got a green signal from the NCRTC (National Capital Region Transport Corporation). The aim of the metro line is to increase public transport share by a massive 26% in the NCR and also make the city more environment friendly by reducing the number of vehicles in and around the city.

Delhi metro has revolutionized travel in the capital. And the new line will make travelling to the airport and out of the city much easier!

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