New Delhi: The national capital was the most
competitive city to do business in the country in 2010, as per
a new report, which based its findings on the metropolitan`s
infrastructure and business environment.
According to the City Competitiveness report released
today by the Institute for Competitiveness (IFC), Delhi is the
the most competitive out of the nation`s 50 cities.
"Its position is augmented by its surrounding hinterland
forming the National Capital Region (NCR) and an improved
physical infrastructure and an enabling business environment,"
the report noted.
Chennai cornered the second position in the list ahead of
Mumbai, which dropped to third place from second position last
Chennai`s ranking improved on the back of good
performance under all the sub-indices used to benchmark the
cities, particularly its educated workforce and logistics
infrastructure, while Mumbai`s fall was primarily due to the
worsening state of its physical infrastructure.
Bengaluru is at fourth place in the list, followed by
Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur and Jaipur.
The report is based on factors like demand conditions,
a context for firm strategy and rivalry; and support and
related industries. A city would need to improve in terms of
all these factors to increase its competitiveness.
"Based on the findings this year, it is clear that Indian
cities are yet to develop a clear vision of their future and
identify a definite competitive edge.
"Policy makers, too, are struggling with ways of managing
infrastructural and developmental challenges that plague even
the most competitive Indian cities. It is more important than
ever for Indian cities to put into place the fundamentals
underpinning economic growth and development in order to
propel overall growth for the country as a whole," Institute
for Competitiveness Honorary Chairman Amit Kapoor said.
Interestingly, Ahmedabad and Pune have emerged as the
most competitive tier-two cities in India. While Ahmedabad
performs very well in the administrative sub-index --
indicating good governance, municipal efficiency and low crime
rates -- Pune excels in terms of its physical infrastructure
and high quality workforce.
Among the other cities features in the list are
Chandigarh (11th), Surat (12th), Gurgaon (13th), Indore
(14th), Coimbatore (15th), Kochi (16th), Noida (17th), Goa
(18th), Shimla (19th) and Kanpur (20th).