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Pune can become India’s number 1 destination: Ajinkya Firodia

I love Pune because it is an ideal place for anyone to live: business opportunities for working members of the family with a safe environment and good education

pune Updated: Jul 28, 2017 12:32 IST
Ajinkya Firodia
Ajinkya Firodia
Hindustan Times, Pune
Ajinkya Firodia,Ajinkya Arun Firodia,Kinetic Engineering Limited
Ajinkya Arun Firodia is Managing Director at Kinetic Engineering Limited. He holds a bachelor of Engineering and Economics from Brown University, USA.(HT PHOTO)

The change
I grew up in Pune. So my earliest memories include playing as a kid in our first home, going to the university or climbing the hills of a green city. The city has grown leaps and bounds over the years, and is nothing like it used to be. From a much smaller town; to a proper metro; today everything is available in Pune. Earlier there used to be five restaurants, five shops and five things to do. Now there are 5,000. Of course, urbanisation comes with its disadvantages; the traffic, pollution has increased proportionately. Education-wise Pune was always on the forefront and continues to be so; and remains a preferred place to work for many families.

I love Pune because...
Weather! Generally, Pune has balanced and nice weather; the summers are harsh for a very limited period; and the monsoons and winters are beautiful. I also like that it is a safe place for families and children; and the distances are not too far! Pune also offers a variety of good schools, colleges and universities. So if you look at it, it is an ideal place for anyone to live: business opportunity for the working members of the family due to IT, auto and other industries, with a safe environment, and good education system for the children; with good weather. Another thing worth mentioning is the variety of restaurants, and great food available to enjoy dining outside. There are also some great party venues, luxurious hotels, good spas, gyms, malls, clubs and various other facilities to enjoy an urban life. So really, you can choose what you wish for, and it’s available.

Changes I would like to see
Connectivity! We need a large airport that can connect Pune to the world; and this will open many doors for further expansion and development. At the same time, we need better infrastructure; with increasing population and vehicle population on the road. Some busy roads like Ahmednagar road, Dapodi bridge require immediate flyovers to accommodate the same. Moreover, we need more efficient city-planning including synchronisation of traffic signals and separate pathways for two-wheelers.

The newly created BRT system should accommodate all buses; thereby giving clear a structure for different types of vehicles. This will also reduce the number of accidents on the road. During all this, we need to also retain the greenery that has always been there in our city; and hence, the hills, tree plantations and parks need to be preserved. This will make Pune a beautiful, yet commercial city to live in.

Culture-wise, I would like to see more dynamism; a fast-paced and target-oriented culture; so that all this great education can also be clubbed with an ambitious and young population for us!

The future
Pune can become India’s number 1 destination (it already must be among the top 5). Like I said, it has everything to offer for a comfortable, safe life filled with opportunities.

A Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) route at Kalewadi, Pimpri near Pune. The bus route is being predominantly, if not only, used as a parking space. ( HT PHOTO )

First Published: Jul 28, 2017 12:31 IST