BENGALURU: Bengaluru has been rated the world’s most dynamic city in the annual Jones Lang LaSalle City Momentum Index (CMI). It outranked many global cities, including Silicon Valley, Boston and London.
Apart from India, cities from China, Vietnam and the US dominate the list of countries with most dynamic cities. Among Indian cities, Hyderabad (5), Pune (13), Chennai (17), Mumbai (25) and Delhi (23) were in the top 30.
Interestingly, Bengaluru does not seem to be surprised with the outcome of the study. Urban experts are unanimous in their view that the city has the ability to embrace technological change and absorb population growth. They say the city will continue to be dynamic, provided the government fixes infrastructural constraints like traffic snarls.
Bengaluru is home to innumerable start-ups as well as techno giants. Architect and urbanist Naresh V Narasimhan says, “We have a lot going for the city, starting with the dynamic start-up culture to an active citizens’ voice. The only hiccup is the traffic mess. If the government does not fix these issues by introducing mass public transport systems, by next year we will be the most static city in the world. Having said that, I believe there is no other city like Bengaluru. This city has provided dreams and wings to many. The quality of life and health care is far better than most cities.”
V Ravichandar, member of Vision Group, too says the city topped the list because of the strong start-up ecosystem that has succeeded despite infrastructural constraints.
Brand domain specialist and Chief Operating Officer of Zip Telecom Ltd, Harish Bijoor, feels the credit must go to the education ecosystem as well.
“We have to applaud the education ecosystem which was laid 25 years ago, the benefits of which we are reaping now. Bengaluru is cutting edge, be it technology or work attitude. The survey does not surprise me at all. The old image of Bengaluru where there was the concept of end-to-end services has come to an end. Everything is IOT (Internet of Things) now,” he said.
Moreover, the dynamism of the city has a lot to do with the people as H S Sudhira, CEO of Gubbi Labs, points out.
“It is clearly because of the people and their mindset that today our city has come first in the list. Start-ups in this city are able to set up offices in residential areas of Indiranagar, Koramangala and HSR Layout. These start-ups later became bigger names and that is when they moved to commercial spaces. Not many cities allow that. The government too has lent a helping hand. We have been fortunate to have people coming to our city from different walks of lives and creating innovative technologies.”