Pune has emerged the most joyful city in Maharashtra in the India Cities Happiness Report 2020 incorporated by Rajesh K Pillania, an educator of vital administration at Management Development Institute, Gurugram.
The city positioned twelfth across India and has been grouped ‘new metro’. The examination covered 13,000 individuals across 34 significant urban areas of the nation during October-November 2020.
Experiences on variables to decide bliss were assembled from worldwide idea pioneers, for example, John F Hellwell, co-supervisor, the World Happiness Report, Richard Florida, driving urbanist, Padma Bhushan awardee M.B Athreya, known as the originator of the Indian administration development, Jamie Lerner, widely acclaimed designer and metropolitan organizer, among others.
As joy is an abstract idea, six parts were recognized – work and related issues, for example, acquiring and development, connections, including loved ones, wellbeing, including physical and mental, generosity, including social concerns, strict or/and otherworldly direction, and the effect of Covid-19 on bliss – in the relapse examination across 36 states and Union domains to decide the outcomes.
Amit Nagarkar, a marketing professional residing at Rasta Peth, said, “I feel that I am lucky to be born and brought up here. The quality of life here is better than other cities. Life in Mumbai is too fast, I prefer the pace of Pune.”
Mahesh Patil, an IT employee from Kalevadi, said, “The way the authorities handled the Covid situation in Pune is commendable. Though cases were high, we did manage to get it under control. In other cities, the administration is not as tech savvy as in Pune, which makes it easier for citizens to connect with them to voice complains or grievances. This makes citizens feel empowered, which evidently makes them happy.”
“I moved to Pune from Kolkata in 2012. The first thing I noticed after moving here is that the city is relatively clean. Not just the posh areas like Koregaon Park, Camp or Baner, but even the streets in Peth areas are properly maintained, which is a sign of a smart city,” said BPO employee Sharmila Ghosh, a resident of Aundh.
Sudhir Puri, a retired businessman from Salunke Vihar, said, “I think there’s something for everyone here, and probably that’s why it is the happiest city. The infrastructure has developed marvelously, but we are still waiting for the Metro.”
Professor Gauri Doshi, resident of Kharadi, said, “The weather makes all the difference. It is mostly pleasant, which makes people happy.”
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