Here’s a peek at what separates the top five cities from the rest of the pack.
All grown up
This world class feel first came about in the ’90s when the Haryana government initiated a favourable tax policy to lure companies. Private firms began constructing top notch buildings. Proximity to Delhi’s airport was a bonus. Soon, Gurgaon became the world’s outsourcing hub—Pioneer GE Capital International Services (GECIS) set up shop in 1997 and a tsunami of other BPO companies followed. Today, many of India’s private airlines such as IndiGo and SpiceJet call the city home.
There’s more to Gurgaon than just its tax policies. In the wake of this corporate migration, the city has attracted thousands of young professionals who find that living, working and playing in Gurgaon is cheaper, more convenient and fun than Delhi. “There appears to be a vibrant cultural takeoff here,” says Manoj Madhusudanan, VP- Business Research, Evalueserve. Ajay Bijli, for instance, debuted his bowling alley BluO here rather than Delhi. Terroir, perhaps India’s finest French restaurant, is not in Delhi, but Gurgaon.
Gurgaon is also India’s ‘mall’ capital, selling Versace and Gucci in places where buffaloes once roamed. But malls bring traffic—lots of it— and Gurgaon’s roads are in bad shape and public transportation, a mess. That hasn’t stopped people and industry from flocking here.
Life at work (Rank 1)
Per capita income: Rs 1,22,212 p.a. (3rd highest)
Employment Growth Rate: 11%
Credit growth rate: 25% (2nd highest)
After work (Rank 11)
59% have income between Rs 3 and 10 lakh (highest)
43 malls (3rd highest)
100% of households have electricity (highest)