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Saturday, May 26, 2012
PUNE - Cons
Nowadays, newspapers are full of real estate
advertisements which tout Pune as the destination of tomorrow.
In actual fact,
Pune may be aptly called the destination of yesterday, or destination of the
past, certainly not the destination of the future.
So many people would have surely told you about the pros of Pune - well here are a few cons ...
Here are six reasons
why Pune cannot be touted as the “destination” – yes, six factors you must
consider before making Pune your destination.
1. ELECTRICITY SHORTAGE
Pune suffers Irregular,
Unregulated and Erratic Electric Power Supply.
There is planned Regular Load
Shedding for a number of hours every day and there is no electricity for the
whole day on every Thursday and frequent unplanned power cuts every few hours.
This not only damages electronic devices but deprives you of a basic necessity
of modern life – electricity. Yes, you can get an inverter or a genset, but then it is
very expensive and burns a big hole in your pocket. With hardly any new power
projects being completed or planned in the near future, things are only going to
2. WATER WOES
If you live in the heart of the city, in a low lying
area, in one of the Peths, you will be lucky to enjoy good water supply.
the fringe areas where modern townships are proliferating, and new developments
are taking place, there is a severe scarcity of water, so be sure to check this
out before you plan to buy a house there.
3. TRAFFIC CHAOS
The best way to travel in Pune is to go nowhere.
Commuting is a nightmare.
Roads are in terrible shape and overcrowded and it may
take you hours to cross the city.
Traffic jams are a rule not an exception.
Public transport is pathetic so you have to buy a vehicle.
That’s why everyone
is driving around and there is no place to drive or park.
Have a look at the
Hinjewadi Road in the evenings when thousands of IT Techies go home – it
sometimes takes almost an hour to cover the three kilometre stretch from
Hinjewadi to Wakad. And it is the same story almost everywhere in Pune - in fact, in the city the traffic is even more dense and slow.
say the best way to live in Pune is to stay at home – stay inside and stay cool,
for if you venture out for a drive you are sure to lose your
SAFETY AND SECURITY
There was a time when Pune
was a safe place. Not any more. The crime rate is high and rising. A look at the
newspapers or the news on TV will tell you how bad things are. Once known as a
pensioners’ paradise, Pune is certainly not safe for senior citizens
5. POOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND INADEQUATE
city of its size, and being touted the destination of the future, Pune has very
poor infrastructure and there is a glaring lack of basic facilities. Maybe Pune suffers due its proximity to Mumbai and gets step-motherly treatment.
just a small domestic airport and you have go to Mumbai most of the time to
catch a flight. No one knows when the international airport will see the light
of the day.
The railway station cannot cope with the rush and hardly any major
trains start from Pune – most important trains start from Mumbai.
call it the “Oxford of the East” Pune is not even an UPSC exam centre. So if you
aspire for the civil services or want to get into the defence services trough
the NDA or IMA you have to go all the way to Mumbai to appear for the
There is no High Court bench here, though Aurangabad and Nagpur
They opened a Small Passport Office a few years ago but you must pay
a visit there to see the chaos.
Infrastructure development is hardly happening,
progressing at snail’s pace whereas the population is rapidly rising.
see garbage strewn all over the place, rubble from the roads perpetually dug up
for repairs as the existing facilities are not able to cope up with the
unplanned development and rapid rise in population.
I think Pune has reached its
saturation point on the S-Curve and will soon reach a point of
6. NO VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY
Pune is one of the most
expensive places in India.
Everything from petrol to food is more expensive than
other place, and, of course, real estate prices have gone through the roof,
especially after the IT Boom.
The quality of life is not commensurate with the
amount you invest or spend. You do not get value for your money in
if you are thinking of relocating to Pune, do consider all the above factors.
And even then if you decide to come – welcome to Pune.
You must have a really
strong reason for wanting to relocate to Pune. Maybe it is your job, so you have no choice, or maybe the place where you live right now is much worse off than
Quality is a relative and comparative factor.
Pune is a much
hyped up place.
Before you decide to take the plunge, it is best to try a “dry
run” in order to experience first hand the pros and cons of living in Pune.