New Delhi: Are Indian citizens willing to put up with bad infrastructure as long as they get a good job? According to the 'State of the Nation' poll by CNN-IBN and GfK Mode, most Indians choose to live in a city depending on the career opportunities available there.
Research Organisation GfK Mode conducted the survey in eight cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh
The survey was conducted between January 11 and January 14, 2012. In all, 1731 persons above 18 years of age were interviewed.
The poll also revealed that most Indians prefer Ahmedabad over other metro cities. Forty-one per cent of the respondents said that they would move to Ahmedabad, 26 per cent said they would like to move to Mumbai, 20 per cent said they would move to Delhi and five per cent said they prefer Bangalore. Hyderabad is the least preferred metropolitan city with only one per cent respondents
wanting to move to Hyderabad.
According to the poll, 38 per cent people say that career and job opportunities is an important reason for them to consider a city good enough to live in. While 10 per cent people feel safety and security is important, 10 per cent give importance to education infrastructure. Healthcare is an important consideration for eight per cent of the people and cost of living and water and power infrastructure are some of the other important concerns.
Parking and traffic congestion is the most worrisome factor for most urbanites. This raises questions on the planning in most if the cities. When asked what is the most worrying trend in their city, 48 per cent people said that parking and traffic congestion were the key sore points, 16 per cent people say that the lack of open spaces is a big concern, 10 per cent people are worried about increasing construction activity and declining law and order is a major concern for eight per cent people.
However, Indian urban centres seem to be rising to the challenge of a changing India. Most Indians say that education and infrastructure in their cities has improved. Fifty-two per cent people said that the quality of education has improved in their city has improved, 39 per cent people feel that infrastructure has improved in their respective cities in the last five years, 36 per cent said that the quality of healthcare has improved and 27 per cent people endorsed the sense of safety and security in their city.