Gour Hari came to the city two years ago searching for a job. Today, he does not want to leave the Millennium City. The 22-year-old from Medinipur district in West Bengal works as an office attendant at a corporate firm here.
Hari shares his accommodation with a friend in the urban village of Chakkarpur. “Earlier, I stayed alone, but now the rent has increased to R2,000 a month which I can’t afford. So I asked a friend to share the room with me,” says Hari, who earns Rs 5,500 a month.
He says house rents are very steep here as compared to his native place.
Despite the not-so-high remunerations, he loves his work and the city. “Everyone in my office knows me and they depend on me for their basic needs,” he says.
Hari saves somewhere between Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000 from his monthly earnings and makes sure to visit his native place every month.
Hari does not want to leave the city as he can save some money despite the city being costly because back home, his savings are zilch.