Bangalore best Indian city to live in: Survey


Publication: The Times Of India Bangalore

Date: Dec 5, 2012

Section: Front Page

Page: 1


NewDelhi:Technology hub Bangalore has emerged as the best city to live in India, pipping other metros such as New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata in terms of of overall quality of living, according to a latest worldwide survey of cities by the global HR consultancy Mercer.


Among Indian cities, Bangalore (139) ranks higher than New Delhi (143), Mumbai (146), Chennai (150) and Kolkata (151) in overall quality of living, according to Mercer’s 2012 Quality of Living Index.


“Bangalore’s rise in its quality of living ranking can be attributed to positive ratings for international schools which are suitable for expatriates,” the report said.
However, no Indian city finds a place in the global list, topped by Vienna, followed by Zurich and Auckland in the second and third places respectively.

The other top 10 cities include Munich (4th), followed by Vancouver (5th). Dusseldorf dropped one spot to rank six, followed by Frankfurt (7th), Geneva (8th), Copenhagen (9th), and Bern and Sydney, tied at No. 10. PTI B’lore ranks low in infrastructure


New Delhi: Though Bangalore has emerged as the best city to live in in India, it’s at the bottom in terms of civic infrastructure.
A survey by Mercer, a global HR consultancy, says Mumbai (134) is on top in infrastructure among Indian cities, followed by Kolkata (141), New Delhi (153), Chennai (168), Bangalore (170).


“In order for multinational companies to ensure their expatriates are compensated appropriately and an adequate hardship allowance is included in compensation packages, they must be aware of current events and local circumstances,” Mercer senior researcher Slagin Parakatil said.


“Factors such as internal stability, law-enforcement effectiveness, crime levels and medical facilities are important to consider when deciding on an international assignment, and the impact on daily life that could be encountered by the expatriate in overseas placements,” explained Parakatil


Among cities in Asia-Pacific region, Australian and New Zealand cities rank higher on the index with Sydney (11), Wellington (13), Melbourne (18) and Perth (21) following Auckland (3).


Affordable housing, pleasant weather I’ve lived in several countries but I love the weather in
Bangalore. This city has greenery, trees and parks compared to cities like Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai . The housing is affordable compared to other metropolises. It’s less crowded too. I’ve sent my kids to a mainstream school, not an international school. The availability of various international schools is an attraction.


Bangalore is less crowded compared to other metros like Delhi and Mumbai. The weather is good at any time of the year. It lacks infrastructure like public transport and good roads, but I still like the city because it is more green and spacious than Mumbai. Of course, infrastructure like roads, public transport, and garbage management can be improved here.



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