Many Indians are taking to the cities, and why not? City life offers many amenities, jobs, and financial opportunities. But safety is a major concern. How do Indian cities fare? Let’s take a look.
City life in India affords many conveniences. But fast-paced lives, struggle for survival, and rush-hour traffic make living in cities rather stressful. A safe city can alleviate much of this stress. It can also confer its inhabitants with a feeling of security.
But how do we measure safety? Factors as diverse as crime rate, traffic patterns, and workspace safety comprise safety as a whole. Statistics, as they say, can lie. And experience is subjective. Therefore, one can only guess, based on experience and statistics.
My vote goes to Mumbai. You balk: Mumbai? The city of riots, bomb blasts, downpours, and dons? Yes, Mumbai. And here’s why.
Understanding is the bond
I’ve lived in Mumbai for nearly twenty-five years (I’ve also lived in Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Gurgaon, and other cities). This city impresses me with its honesty and strong work ethic. I’ve paid autorikshaw and cab drivers “by the meter” as long as I’ve been here.
This strict work ethic forms a tacit bond among inhabitants — probably why my friends and I could negotiate post-midnight walks alone without ever feeling insecure or afraid.
Traffic jams versus traffic rams
While Delhi’s Blueline buses are notoriously dangerous, negotiating Bangalore’s potholed roads and rash driving patterns can be effective stress-tests when not suicidal. In contrast, Mumbai’s roads and public transport are quite well-organized.
An element of doubt
Personal experiences of friends and statistics suggest that cities such as Chennai, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, and Bangalore are home to increased criminal activity. Of course, criminal elements are everywhere and Mumbai’s no exception. Some regions should be avoided. But one is generally safe unless one earns in millions or deals with dons.
Finally, there’s the indomitable spirit that’s stood up tall to natural and man-made disasters. That is the most reassuring thing about this city.
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(Sources: Zee News, Outlook Money)