Whats happened to our civic administration? our government? Our press? they have all failed completely. We the people are getting a raw deal indeed and we are getting used to such substandard infrastructure and expressing our anger with each other rather than raising our voice against those who are responsible. I finally came home and I found the entrance to my own street blocked. Can you believe it, I cannot enter my own street. This is the last straw. At 10.30 pm a man wanting hit the bed finds stranded on the street corner because some nincompoops are digging up the road.
According the Global Urban Competitiveness Report that took stock of 500 cities found Ne York to be the most competitive city in the world. Cities are catalysts of growth and economic development. The poor representation of Indian cities belies India's status as a rising economic power. Let's face it, Indian cities lack many things that go towards making cities competitive — good infrastructure, enterprise management, business environment and quality of life.
It's a good idea to benchmark Indian cities against criteria that make cities globally competitive, and then work on each of those criteria to improve a city's overall ranking. Bangalore is a good example of a city that has gone the other way. Although it gave rise to the phrase "being Bangalored", it appears to be losing its competitive edge due to poor infrastructure and lack of business environment. According to the report competitive cities are ones where local governments have autonomy and properly work out their relationship with the central government, engage market forces in government policymaking and maintain local features while expanding communications with the world. These are recommendations worth following.
Local governments should take their jobs more seriously of facilitating balanced development of business and residential environment, besides developing multiple industries. Urban planners must outline development strategies clearly. They should encourage talent to come to their cities. It may be a good idea to have India-specific rankings of urban competitiveness as well, carried out by industry bodies such as the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Read more on this
Blogged with the Flock Browser