Over the last two decades, growing urbanization story in India has led to creation of many satellite cities in and around well-established mega cities. Some of these have managed to deliver the desired results and have added immensely to the overall livability quotient for its residents. Keeping this in view, JLL India has identified 10 such satellite cities / townships that have exhibited a prototypical format in offering relief to the growing densification problems of the adjacent major or tier-I city.
“By adopting certain key principles of effective township management, these cities offer its citizens good quality life, opportunities for employment within reasonable travel distance, and sense of pride. While each of these 10 cities may have specific attributes that portrays it better than others, there are also some common physiognomies that emerge which could be put into practice by all city administrators in future, if they were to improve the livability quotient for their inhabitants,” says JLL India’s proprietary research report ‘Livability Quotient – A Paradigm Shift in India’s Emerging Cities’.
These prominent emerging cities have been closely evaluated for their city administration practices, sustainability, and overall livability. Several factors were identified under the broad parameters of planning, connectivity, utilities, leisure, smart governance, safety, jobs, environment, real estate performance and future scope of expansion. The top-emerging cities assessed in this report are Navi Mumbai, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Magarpatta City, Palava City, Greater Noida, Manesar, Mohali, Rajarhat, Technopark, and Mahindra World City (MWC).
Here’s the list of 10 satellite townships selected for their livability quotient:
On the back of major evolutionary leaps in the integrated townships model, it now makes logical sense to include privately-managed cities (large townships or commercial-cum-residential hubs managed by private developers) while comparing cities. “The reason is clear – in the era of smart cities in the daily administration of which private players will be increasingly involved, it is important to look at private developers as future city administrators. As a result, some of the country’s larger integrated townships now qualify as standalone satellite cities in their own right – and, in fact, have taken city administration and governance to an entirely new level,” says Ramesh Nair, CEO & Country Head, JLL India.
As urbanization picks up pace in India, these emerging cities are expected to play a key role in accommodating future expansion needs of existing urban agglomerations. Most importantly, these cities may also play a crucial role in balancing growth in a more sustainable manner, thereby enhancing the livability quotient for residents.