IS GURUGRAM THE BEST CITY TO LIVE IN COVID-19 ERA?

According to a report Gurugram is the most apt city to live from a Covid perspective as compared to Bengaluru and Mumbai
According to the report, Gurugram is overall the most suitable city to live from a Covid perspective as compared to Mumbai and Bengaluru

According to a report by Square Yards, Gurugram is the apt city to live during COVID-19 considering the factors like hospital infrastructure, population density and open area ratio. The study titled Suitability Index: The COVID perspective  highlights the suitability and working in three prime cities of our country- Mumbai, Bengaluru and Gurugarm with respect to COVID-19.

The report ascertains that the factors such as hospital infrastructure, population density and open area ratio are far more important than the work distance or affordability to decide where a homebuyer wants to live at a time when coronavirus disease is at it’s peak and transmitting rapidly.

According to the Suitability Index, even though the density of COVID-19 cases in Gurugram is second only to the North, presence of maximum number of hospitals/10K people, more than 40% open area and lowest population density made the area most suitable and hence sustainable and livable  from the COVID-19 perspective. Also as per the analysis, the most suitable zone found in Bengaluru were Mahadevapura, Bellandur, Devasandra and Marathahalli.

In Mumbai, the most suitable zone were found in Western suburbs and the Central suburbs.

The COVID-19  pandemic exposed the shortcomings in medical infrastructure like never before and during this time according to statistics, both Mumbai and Bengaluru offer only 1.3 and 0.30 hospitals per 10,000 people respectively on the other hand, Gurugram surpasses both the cities with 2.5 hospitals for every 10, 000 people. Mumbai had 13 of the total 24 wards severely affected with more than 50 cases per 10,000 people. In Gurugram, the North and East zones averaged 55 cases per sq km while in Bengaluru 4 zones of the total 8 zones recorded more than 200 cases per sq km. The Covid-suitability index for each city suggests that across all cities, suitability increased as people moved away from the city centres and older parts of the city towards more peripheral locations.

Contrary to the common notion, the report suggests that Mumbai has the highest open area ratio amongst the three cities at nearly 45%. Mumbai was the most densely populated with nearly 60,000 people/sq km while Gurugram had the lowest population density at approximately 4200 people/sq km.

“The Suitability Index is an attempt to bring many non-transaction elements to the forefront that can have an impact while making a home buying decision. The ‘new normal’ is here to stay and the idea is to look at factors other than proximity to work or affordability that impacts the choice of residence,” said Anand Moorthy, Business Head – Data Intelligence & Asset Management Services – Square Yards.

Not only these cities are the top real estate destinations in the country, but they are also among the top cities to be severely hit by the pandemic. This is where the relevance of a Suitability Index kicks in. The need for one’s own ‘home’ has gained an all-new dimension since 2020 due to the changes brought about by the pandemic. The study is an attempt at making the home-buying process in the Covid era slightly more pragmatic.
It highlights certain meaningful factors that today’s end users need to acknowledge while deciding to buy the right home in a pandemic like situation.

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