Amid G20 Restrictions In Delhi, Malls In Noida, Ghaziabad And Gurugram Expect Record Footfall

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Reported By: Mohammad Haris

Last Updated: September 08, 2023, 17:45 IST

Amid G20 restrictions in parts of Delhi, mall operators in Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurugram are optimistic about the footfall this weekend. (File photo: Reuters)

Amid G20 restrictions in parts of Delhi, mall operators in Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurugram are optimistic about the footfall this weekend. (File photo: Reuters)

With Delhi’s strict restrictions on public gatherings during the G20 Summit, citizens are looking for alternative ways to spend their weekend amid the release of Shahrukh Khan’s movie Jawaan

As Delhi braces for the partial closures during the G20 Summit this weekend, mall operators in the neighbouring cities of Gurugram, Noida, and Ghaziabad are gearing up for what they hope will be a weekend of unprecedented footfall. The convergence of G20 restrictions and the release of the much-anticipated Shahrukh Khan movie Jawaan has created the perfect storm, enticing residents to seek entertainment, shopping, and respite from the constraints of the summit.

With Delhi’s strict restrictions on public gatherings during the G20 Summit, citizens are looking for alternative ways to spend their weekend. This shift in consumer behaviour has presented a golden opportunity for malls in the National Capital Region (NCR). While earlier it was anticipated the G20 restrictions may impact neighboring areas of Delhi as well but mall operators are expecting the opposite.

Commenting on this, Prashant Vashisht, senior vice-president (leasing) of Elan Group, said, “Amid the G20 restrictions, we do not foresee much impact on malls and retail outlets in Gurugram. We are expecting business as usual in the coming weeks, in fact, the footfall may tend to increase owing to the weekend and the release of SRK’s much-anticipated movie Jawaan.”

Mall operators in Noida and Greater Noida are also optimistic about the footfall this weekend.

Kunal Rishi, chief operating officer of Paras Buildtech, said, “Malls in Noida, Gurugram and Ghaziabad are gearing up for an extraordinary weekend, poised to shatter its own records in footfall. With the G-20 summit causing restrictions in the neighboring national capital, Delhi, shoppers are flocking to these hubs, making them the ultimate shopping destination.”

He added that on this occasion, Noida, Gurugram and Ghaziabad have transformed into a bustling hub of entertainment and retail therapy. “It is a weekend of unparalleled shopping, leisure, and cinematic delight – an unmissable opportunity for everyone in the NCR!”

While Delhi may remain partially closed this weekend due to the G20 Summit, the malls of Gurgaon, Noida, and Ghaziabad are poised for a weekend of bustling activity. As visitors look for safe and enjoyable ways to spend their time, these malls are ready to provide a much-needed escape, further enhancing their reputation as hubs of entertainment and commerce in the NCR.

India is hosting the summit in its capacity as the current G20 chair. The G20 leaders will deliberate on pressing global issues at the grouping’s annual summit here on September 9 and 10.

The leaders of the influential grouping are being welcomed at the airport with cultural performances.

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