Cerebral Shangrila

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Beyond the Metros ..

The metros have saturated. Delhi,Mumbai,Chennai & Kolkata (Add Bangalore too) are struggling to keep pace with the tremendous industrial growth,population migration and traffic (not to forget the basic infrastructure issues like power,water). Corporate India has already started looking beyond the Metros. So how do the other cities fare ?

The Week has a story on the USP's of other cities. Having lived in a few of these ( Pune,Ahmedabad) and having been a regular visitor to a few others ( Chandigarh,Pondicherry,Coimbatore,Mysore) , I defintely appreciate the promise these cities hold.

In my opinion Pune,Chandigarh,Coimbatore stand out . They have some of the best educational institutes in the country, highly talented workforce, entrepreneurial culture (Though Ahmedabad scores very highly on this ! ) and very good basic infrastructure.

With the accelerated growth India has been witnessing in the recent years, its very important that the growth is balanced -- both geographcally and sector wise.

Let a dozen metros bloom ........

6 Comments:

  • Very rightly said - "Let the metros bloom", but before these cities bloom, there should be an infrastructure in place. Pune is sufferring because of the total lack of infrastructure. Suburbs built for residential purposes are becoming IT hubs, which destabilizes the whole area. Unless something gets done in the infrastructure area, these cities that are mentioned, will head the metro way.

    By Blogger Srihari SN, at 8:37 PM  

  • Thats a really good idea....but, IT should not be the only one growing in these areas....some heavy industries must also spread out for a nice balance...

    By Blogger kaatss, at 12:49 AM  

  • Yeah man, the way Coimbatore and A'bad has developed, I seriously feel its gonna bloom.

    Another huge industrial area is being developed at Coimbatore. Gujarat already has the highest density of the industries in GIDC belt of A'bad-Baroda-Surat. Sure A'bad would score as well here.

    Kudos to India - more metros on the anvil!!!

    By Blogger A Confused Soul, at 10:19 AM  

  • True..the cover story was nicely written...and a well analysed stuff..Coimbatore can very well look forward to being the second metro of TN

    By Blogger Krish, at 3:52 PM  

  • Coimbatore-The best from my view,however HR's says that Infra is okay, but resources? no body is willing to comeback from Metro's(Infy HR says this)

    By Blogger ILA (a) இளா, at 7:01 PM  

  • Hari, Pune is in fact better developed than the other mentioned cities.But still it has a long way to go.

    rest , yeah unless we develop the other cities, the metros will choke in a few years.

    By Blogger Cogito, at 10:15 PM  

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