This might come as a surprise to many Amdavadis, but the city has ranked eighth in the list of top 21 business destinations of the country. What’s more surprising is that cities like Indore, Bhubaneswar and Coimbatore are preferred over Ahmedabad.
This is the finding of a recent ranking unveiled by a not for profit industry body Global Initiative for Restructuring Environment and Management (GIREM) along with DTZ, the global company in property services. The list was topped by Bangalore followed by Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Bhubaneswar and Coimbatore. Shockingly, the only other city from Gujarat to get a mention in the list is Vadodara (ranked 14th).The report which scored the cities across various economic, environmental and cultural parameters ranked Ahmadabad among the top 21 locations for its strong government support in terms of policies as well as infrastructure development and good connectivity to major cities like the NCR and Mumbai. The city provides access to various domestic and international markets. Ahmedabad scored a total of 119.44 out of total 160 points.
“The city has very good energy, power & water supply. Mobility and health care services of the city were worth appreciating. Hence, it occupies eighth position on the list having a good culture coupled with good EHS. Helping hands were easy to access and are available in the city to cater to the needs of both industry and residential services,” said the report.
With already existing industries including automobiles, engineering and pharmaceuticals, Ahmedabad in the recent past has been able to grow its traditional business as well, believes GIREM president Shyam Sundar S Pani.
“In addition to this, the riverfront project is expected to create a vibrant social and commercial space. Also in the pipeline is the proposed new international airport at Fedara. All these factors make Ahmedabad a worthy and a strong city contending for the position in the list of top business destination cities,” said Pani.
Human capital, energy, water, mobility or transport, environment, health & safety, schools & colleges, housing, healthcare, ability to attract talent, climate, office space availability, malls and multiplexes, helping hand available, infrastructure for helping hand, city culture and getaways were the laid down parameters for ranking the cities. These factors constitute the basic eco-socio-economic factors critical in determining the growth of the city.
Each city was measured against each of the given parameters and a score was given on a scale of 0–10, with 10 being the highest. A final score for every parameter was calculated based on the percentage of individual parameters. The study was conducted using primary and secondary research methodologies using both primary & secondary sources of information including a firsthand account of the research parameters and extensive research.