A research led by Square Yards–a brokerage and mortgage marketplace–from a COVID-19 standpoint, deemed Gurugram as the most befitting city to reside in as compared to metropolitans like Mumbai and Bengaluru. By Presha Mahajan
Their report titled Suitability Index: The Covid Perspective factored in four primary parameters that accounted for the results, as the selected cities were assessed on the basis of hospital infrastructure, population density, open area ratios and positive COVID-19 cases. The aim of this report was to assist prospective buyers and lessees to buy or choose the right homes in the midst of the pandemic, keeping in mind the factors that affect livelihood during its wake.
Shortcomings of the healthcare system in the cities were exposed, with Mumbai having 1.3 and Bengaluru, 0.3 COVID-19 hospitals per 10,000 people; Gurugram, meanwhile, surpassed both with 2.5 hospitals for the same number of people. With regards to the population density, Mumbai leads the list with 60,000 people per sq kilometre, while Gurugram houses 4,200 people per sq kilometre.
What may come as a surprise is Mumbai’s highest open area ratio out of the three cities, standing at 45 per cent. Next comes Gurugram at an average of 35 per cent, and lastly Bengaluru with a meagre 20 per cent.
Despite the fact that the total tally of COVID-19 positive rates in Gurugram were much higher, the widespread and adequate infrastructure for COVID-19 and its 35 per cent open area (approx.) along with a comparatively lower population density makes the city best suited and most livable during the pandemic, the study concluded.
Overall, while Gurugram took away the cake, certain localities within Mumbai and Bengaluru were inferred to be the most suitable places to live in, during the pandemic. In Bengaluru, the Mahadevapura zone with areas like Bellandur, Devasandra and Marathahalli provide the best shelter, while Western and Central suburbs in Mumbai, or the N and PN wards were the most fitted within the city. Within Gurugram, the east zone was adjudged to be the safest.
Anand Moorthy, Business Head for asset management and data intelligence at Square Yards, says, “The suitability index is an attempt to bring many non-transaction elements to the forefront that can have an impact while making a decision about a dream home since it has become a working pad also. The ‘new normal’ is here to stay and the idea is to look at factors other than proximity to work or affordability that impact choice of residence,” reports ANI.
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