April 13: The buzz in Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad
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April 13: The buzz in Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad

Self-immolation attempt in Noida to restore home power supply; massive sewer line revamp in Ghaziabad; Gurgaon renamed Gurugram… Here are the top six updates from Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad.

April 13: The buzz in Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad

Here are City Spidey's top six picks from the National Capital Region (NCR):


Gurgaon is now Gurugram: The Haryana government, on Tuesday, announced that Gurgaon would be renamed Gurugram. State government officials said the decision was taken in keeping with a poll promise and representations from several forums. According to a government spokesperson, the city has been rechristened after Guru Dronacharya of Mahabharata, who is said to have had an ashram here.

City planning odd-even scheme: While neighbouring Delhi is gearing up for its second phase of odd-even drive from April 15, Gurgaon has decided to come up with its own version of the scheme. While Delhi has dedicated a fortnight to it, Millennium City will observe it for seven days, perhaps on a trial basis. However, the city administration is yet to finalise dates for the drive.

When the city came to a halt: An accident in Delhi caused a massive traffic jam in the Millennium City. Traffic on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway came to a standstill for three hours as the tailbacks reached there. Traffic snarls are a recurring phenomenon in the city. ACP Hawa Singh assured that, soon, a traffic control room would monitor traffic movement 24x7 to curb the jams.


Self-immolation bid for electricity: In a bizarre incident, Zubair Khan, 34, a daily wager, tried to self-immolate in front of the junior engineer's office in Naya Gaon Phase 2, near Sector 86. The reason he gave for taking this extreme step was all the more bizarre — the junior engineer's inaction in restoring power supply to his house, which was disconnected in May last year.

Auction of Unitech plot stopped: Noida Authority has stopped Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) from e-auctioning a 348-acre plot allotted to Unitech in 2006. The justification the Authority gave for taking this step is that the company had not taken permission before mortgaging the property to the LIC in accordance with the land deed.


Sewer line revamp to meet monsoon deadline: Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam is gearing up to revamp the main trunk sewer line of Hindon areas of the city to solve the drainage problem. The work is being undertaken under Atal Mission For Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme to plug gaps in sewage infrastructure to avoid waterlogging during monsoon.