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Coca Cola’s Atul Singh & Airtel’s Sanjay Kapoor among CEOs highlighting ways to keep ‘Gurgaon First’

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Coca Cola’s Atul Singh & Airtel’s Sanjay Kapoor among CEOs highlighting ways to keep ‘Gurgaon First’

Hindustan Times organised the HT Gurgaon Conclave on July 20, 2010 as part of its ‘Gurgaon First’ initiative. The event was aimed at further strengthening HT’s foothold in the NCR region. The panel boasted of eminent members like Atul Singh, CEO, Coca Cola India; Sanjay Kapoor, CEO, Bharti Airtel Ltd; Raj Jain, President, Walmart India; Raman Roy, Chairman and MD, Quatrro BPO Solutions; Naresh Trehan, Chairman and MD, Medanta - The Medicity; and Rajesh Khullar, Municipal Commissioner of Gurgaon.

Earlier, HT had launched its Gurgaon edition on July 12, 2010 to boost its presence in the NCR. The launch of the Gurgaon issue triggered the campaign and brand initiative called ‘Gurgaon First’. The brand initiative seeks to understand the various problems of people living in Gurgaon, and find an effective solution of it by creating a charter and then taking it up with the civic authorities. The main aim of this conclave was to build a ‘connect’ with the people of Gurgaon, explained Shantanu Bhanja, Vice President – Marketing, HT.

The panel discussion was moderated by Gautam Chikermane, Executive Editor, Hindustan Times. All the panel members discussed their ideas and expectations about Gurgaon’s future. Atul Singh, CEO, Coca Cola India, saw infrastructure as the main hindrance to Gurgaon’s development. He compared Gurgaon’s model to that of China and said that a drastic change was possible. “If we focus on a few issues, the rest will follow,” he added.

“I have seen this city grow in past several years, and the speed at which the city has ramped up is phenomenal,” said Sanjay Kapoor, CEO, Bharti Airtel Ltd. Raman Roy spoke about his ‘romance’ with the Gurgaon city, albeit not without a word of caution apropos its infrastructural lacunae. Raj Jain of Walmart India explained how Gurgaon was a very expensive city and cited the example of his own driver to drive home his point. He explained how the cost of living in Gurgaon was very high, which deterred the ‘aam aadmi’ from shifting to the city.

However, Rajesh Khullar, Municipal Commissioner expressed the hope that soon Gurgaon would become the city of national reckoning and everything would be done to improve the civic order.

The panel discussion organised by the HT group was largely a success. The ‘Gurgaon First Festival’ is in full swing at the Epicentre, Gurgaon, which showcases cultural events. Acclaimed artistes like Shubha Mudgal, Mallika Sarabhai, Anupam Kher, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Kamal Sabri, U Rajesh, Rajit Kapoor will perform at Epicentre over three weekends.

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