Which India's metro city is the best place to live?

India
May 2, 2010 9:36pm CST
India has seven metro cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Which one do you think is the best in terms of transport/road/traffic system, water supply, power supply, people friendliness...?
1 person likes this
12 responses
@umadper (947)
• India
3 May 10
hi,as far as possible,Bangalore is the safe and reasonable cost of living place...people also good and climate also very beautiful..people here are both traditional and fast..........
1 person likes this
• India
3 May 10
How about power supply, water supply and traffic system? I live in Delhi. And Delhi has better power supply, water supply and traffic system than all the other metro cities that I have visited. I have not visited Bangalore though. Cost of living in Delhi is high specially accomodation compared to other cities. People are also rough comparatively.
• India
9 May 12
You should visit Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. In delhi power supply is good only in south delhi and other costly area where less than 10% popultion lives. The main living area in delhi is gurgao, noida, ghaziabad and old delhi. Power supply ispathetic in major part of the city with 2-3 hrs power cuts.
@vandana7 (68723)
• India
3 May 10
Hi headhunter, let me start with Chennai. It has language and climate problems. Above it, Hyderabad - it has water problem and power supply problems. Above it is Kolkatta - language, and transport problems. Above it, Ahmedabad, which is hot, and has language problems, above it Bangalore - language problems and growing conservative outlook, above it Delhi - climate problems, water problems, above it Mumbai - which has everything except unwanted Thakre idiosyncrasies. I prefer a village close to the city, so that language wouldnt be a hurdle, cost of living wouldnt be a problem, labor would be cheap.
• India
3 May 10
Last week I was in Hyderabad, and I did not find Delhi hotter. The two cities were actually equally hot. So for me Delhi's climate is okay. Delhi has better traffic system that Mumbai or Kolkata. Language can be either Hindi/English. Delhi is greener than all the cities I have visited; not visited Bangalore though! One problem with Delhi is that it's not safe for women to walk alone at night.
1 person likes this
@Harley009 (1420)
• India
4 May 10
As a Metro Delhi may be better but it got extreme climates. Climate vary from -3 to 0 Degree Celcius in winter to 45 to 50 Degree Celcius in peak summer. Peace.
• India
4 May 10
I have been living in Delhi for ages now. But I have never come across 0 degree Celsius, let alone -3. It has also never reached 47 degree Celsius in my stay here. I don't find Winter that cold in Delhi. It's generally around 10-15-20. In summer though it's hot it's not humid and so cooler is sufficient; one does not need to use AC. Humidity starts only by July but then temperature would have come down by then.
@skysuccess (8881)
• Singapore
3 May 10
headhunter525, Having visited the various cities in India, I have to conclude with Bangalore as my first choice. It is really quite a vibrant city with their commendable advance and well built infrastructure which makes them own the "Silicon Valley of India" reputation. It is not only namesake as there are a large number of information technology companies located in the city which contributed 33% of India's IT export. I am sure you are familiar with big names like Software Technology Parks of India (STPI); International Tech Park, Bangalore (ITPB); and Electronics City. UB City, the headquarters of the United Breweries Group. Along with Infosys and Wipro, India's second and third largest software companies. So, I would prefer Bangalore over Delhi anytime.
• India
3 May 10
I have not visited Bangalore. But how is the traffic system, power supply and water supply system etc? I heard Bangalore traffic is bad. Since I have not visited Bangalore I can't say much about it though!
• Singapore
4 May 10
headhunter525, The traffic has greatly improved since 2008, since embarking on an efficiency traffic management program. There will still be traffic congestion during peak hours but the situation is much better than in Chennai. As for the power and water supply, I just do not find any problems here as far as Bangalore is concerned.
1 person likes this
• India
15 May 10
Ok. That's nice to hear. Been to Chennai and it's little crowded. Will try to visit Bangalore in near future. Good day!
@qamarep (4448)
• Pakistan
16 May 10
i think that the mumbai is the best city with all the facilities that you just mentioned above
• India
16 May 10
But Mumbai has bad traffic. Someone above said that Bangalore is more appropriate to be the best one as it has more facilities. Mumbai has expensive houses too. Don't you think so?
1 Sep 11
Hello i have been to top metro cities in India like Delhi, Bangalore,Mumbai and Hyderabad but trust me mumbai and delhi are worst . Bangalore is worst in traffic but although its best place to live in and hyderabad is also gud place to live in . My personal suggestion is if you want to grow in the field of technology bangalore and hyderbad are best places for that. Infact you won't find any prblem in blr and hyd regarding water supply and power supply but in delhi its too hard to get water supply specialy in summers no water and electricity in delhi in residential areas accept govt flats.
@debs90 (547)
• India
24 Dec 10
It's Kolkata. The cultural capital of India and the City of Joy.
• India
25 Dec 10
I thought the cultural capital is Delhi. I thought so because Delhi has representation from every part of India. Kolkata is to Bengali as much as Chennai is to Tamil and Mumbai is to Marathi. But Delhi is a cocktail of all cultures!
@chhetp1 (469)
• India
10 Sep 10
Fortunately I have been to most of the metro cities in India. Be it Delhi, kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, all of them have some uniqueness in them. However, they also tend to make the middle class struggle a bit. There are then the climatic factors to decide upon. I think I might not be able to answer about the best of the best. I have been in Delhi for last 3 years. Apart from The climate, I have found it decent enough. Now that The commonwealth games is around the corner, the things will be better then. Yet, the recent threats of floods are grave.
• India
15 Sep 10
I have been to all the metro cities in India too. And yes as you said all of them have their points, negative or positive. Bangalore has good climate. But I thought it's more pleasant to live in smaller cities. Never been to Pondicherry, but I heard it's good more or less like Chandigarh. The plus point of Delhi is that it's green compared to other cities and traffic system is better.
• India
19 Jul 10
We cannot get all facilities in every place. If something is good people will stay there, Thus population and traffic become unavoidable. Friendliness is everywhere. We can find good and bad people everywhere. I can say in chennai, people are helping minded. We can go anywhere with their guidance. I've met so many kindness people.
• India
23 Jul 10
Okay. I have not stayed in Chennai for long and so I cannot say much about it. But I one thing I know from my experience is that auto drivers were good to me. I don't know whether they were like that with everyone, but to me they were good. In Delhi auto drivers really cheat!
@nsj947 (284)
• India
14 May 10
I guess Delhi is the best place to live, you can enjoy the multi cultural blend and thousands of years old culture at the same time. Also you can enjoy scorching heat and chilling winters in Delhi.
• India
15 May 10
Scorching heat is not so enjoying :-) Chilly winter is okay. The fact that Delhi is green is a very nice thing. Traffic is good though people are rough, at least more than people in the South. Media is very good, and that's nice because it makes systems more accountable to the people. Thanks for commenting.
@Tangeryne (413)
• India
9 May 10
Hey There..After staying in Bangalore for 4yrs now, I would say that its probably not the best place to live in because of the traffic ( trust me its really bad), the airport is on the outskirts and takes ages to reach the airport, the flight journey would probably be shorter than the journey to the airport!!!! The night life sucks, everything shuts down by 11.30, no dancing allowed ( earlier there were no restrictions at all). After a hard week's work when you wanna chill and relax, everything shuts down so early. That's so annoying. Everything is super expensive, right from real estate to the standard of living! But still I would prefer to stay in Bangalore rather than the other metros. Been to Mumbai, life's too fast there, wouldn't wanna stay there. Been to Delhi once, liked the place but not to settle down there. Though the people there are the most unhelpful ones I've ever seen. Definitely not something Delhites can be proud of. Don't like Chennai, its too hot! People know only the regional language. Haven't been to Kolkata, Ahmedabad or Hyderbad so can't comment about those places.
• India
9 May 10
Won't disagree with you about Delhi. I live in Delhi, and people are not that nice. Traffic is best, I guess, in Delhi though, and it's green. I have got used to it, and so my preference is Delhi. I find Hyderabad okay as well.
@tluanga (768)
• India
6 May 10
Bangalore, always and forever. Except that transport is not as easy as Delhi. But people are polite and friendly. A part from that temperature is great, not like other cities. And yes chicks are hot!
• India
8 May 10
I think south Indians are more polite in general than North Indians. I have lived in Haryana too. They won't get first prize for being polite. Will any Punjabi thrash me if I say they are even worse! For me I have come to like Delhi; but I have never tried Bangalore. Will try to visit someday.
• India
18 Apr 12
If you want to follow all terms then you won't find even a single city best for living as every city has one or the other advantage over another city. But in my opinion Bangalore is the place I would love and I am living there also. Though it is the most expensive city to live in but you have many opportunities to earn. Regarding traffic problem yes it is not great compared to other cities but its improving.
• India
7 May 10
I have not been to all those places but from relatives and friends,I can tell u Bangalore is the best place.The climate and the lifestyle is great there. all the facilities u mentioned are good there.