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What makes Delhi liveable?

With the Capital being rated the most liveable city in India, we ask some Delhiites just what it is that makes Delhi so cool.

entertainment Updated: Mar 11, 2010 02:05 IST
Namya Sinha

Delhi has topped the list of the most liveable cities in the country, according to a study carried out by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Institute for Competitiveness (IFC). Is it the wide roads, the greenery, or the public spaces that tilted the vote in the Capital’s favour? We asked some eminent Delhiites what makes the city so liveable.

Author Advaita Kala, Chanakyapuri resident
I have lived in different cities across the world, but I have always come back to Delhi. For me, it’s a happy place. I have seen it change over a period of time, right from the time when I was going to school in my school bus. The best thing about Delhi is that it has such a massive green cover. But let’s not congratulate ourselves prematurely. Women are just not safe in this city. A simple thing such as increasing the number of streetlights can be done to increase safety. Heritage monuments also need to be taken care of.

Chess player Tania Sachdeva, Hauz Khas resident
I have travelled across the world, but Delhi is home. It is a fun city. So much is going on here for everyone. There are such amazing food joints and nightclubs. And of course, we have so much greenery.

Artist Illoosh Ahluwalia, Dwarka resident
Delhi has an exciting pulse, which is rare elsewhere. It has so much history. And perhaps ours is the only Indian metropolis to have wide roads and lush greenery. You can see the green from climbing a tall building. Besides, we have the besteateries in the country.

Actor Parvin Dabas, a Mumbai resident who grew up in Delhi
I’ve been surprised by the progress Delhi has made in terms of infrastructure.

The Metro has made it even better. As for the nightlife, one is spoilt for choices and Delhi has definitely gone past all other Indian cities as far as eating and drinking out goes. I look forward to visiting Delhi now.

DJ Kary, New Palam Vihar resident
I think it is the friendly nature of Delhiites that makes it India’s most liveable city. Here, people talk to you, unlike in Mumbai, where no one has time for anyone
or anything.