Here's Why Delhi Is Losing Out On Its Fun Quotient
The national capital of India was ranked among the world’s ‘Most Fun’ cities in The Ultimate Fun City Ranking report of 2014 by GetYourOwnGuide and GoEuro travel firms. The only Indian city to be featured in the list topped by Germany’s capital Berlin, Delhi was voted for its active nightlife, average beer price and entertainment options. However, the city which has been a traveller’s perfect destination was missing in the recently published Time Out’s survey - City Life Index. The report listed 32 most exciting cities in the world with Chicago of United States topping the list while Istanbul of Turkey featuring at the bottom. The cities were ranked in categories of culture, affordability, liveability, fun quotient and food.
On its path to becoming a smart city and a world-class metropolis, Delhi is faced with many hurdles and the lack of effective urban policies. In 2015, the then Union Urban Development Minister compared Delhi with Barcelona, a flourishing city in Spain. While Barcelona has promised to offer technological support for transforming Delhi as a smart city, efforts from the local administration is the need of the hour. The prerequisites for making a global city goes much beyond just creation of modern amenities and world-class entertainment venues like Disneyland or Universal Studios.
Let us find out how Delhi became known as a ‘Fun City’:
Entertainment: a scoring point
There is no dearth of entertainment options in Delhi. In fact, the fun quotient is doubled owing to the strategic placement of two popular entertainment hubs - Gurgaon and Noida, with Delhi. Khan Market, a bustling retail destination and plush locality in south Delhi, attracts hordes of shoppers and tourists. The location was also ranked as the world’s 24th most expensive retail space by a global real estate consultancy. Moreover, tourists go head over heels as they are spoilt for choices when it comes to cafes, bars, food outlets, sports clubs, restaurants and shopping malls.
Improvement in public transport facilities
While development of Metro routes is going at full steam, the efficient construction and operation has garnered praise from different corners of the world. The state of the art transport facility is a lifeline for lakhs of residents. There are plans for building a robust metro network with many expansion projects underway.
Aimed at decongesting the roads and removing encroachments, the Delhi government with the support of the Supreme Court has been making earnest efforts to enhance the liveability of the city. Efforts are on to tackle the menace of illegal parking and ensure road safety for the commuters and pedestrians.
However, some factors, as mentioned below, are deterrent to the city’s prosperity and have posed as major roadblocks for the government.
The tag of an ‘unsafe’ city
Even after being rated as the city with the highest crime rate, as per the data by National Crime Records Bureau 2016, the city continues to give sleepless nights with a staggering number of criminal cases. The Delhi Police has revealed that more than five women were raped every day in the city in the first three and a half months this year. Growing concerns of crimes against foreign tourists is accompanied by a decrease in the tourist-influx. Speaking of road accidents, the city is notorious for rising cases of rash driving. It was ranked as the city with maximum fatalities, in The Accidents India report of 2016 released by the road transport and highways minister.
Singapore, which was listed at 31st position, has scored well for safety and public transport.
Pollution chokes opportunities
A case of a dream gone wrong, Delhi ranks higher when it comes to the most polluted cities of the world. The latest data by the World Health Organization (WHO) includes the national capital along with other Indian cities of Gwalior, Varanasi and Kanpur among the 20 most polluted cities in the world. The levels of particulate matter in the city is sometimes 10 times more than the permissible limit.