Pune tops in urban governance across 23 Indian cities

Pune is one of the most important urban economies in India, but it is only by understanding the growth opportunities, taking a more deliberate approach to the growth and revitalizing our valuable natural resources that we will be able to remain attractive to investors, employers and the citizens based here

pune Updated: Aug 10, 2018 16:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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(From left) Henri Blas, Gemma Kyle, Mahesh Harhare, Anand Chiplunkar, municipal commissioner Saurabh Rao and Sourav Gaidhani released 100 Resilient Cities action plan at PMC on Thursday.(RAVINDRA JOSHI/HT PHOTO)

Pune ranks first in urban governance across 23 Indian cities and second in India for software exports, according to Preliminary Resilience Assessment (PRA), which was released by Rockefeller Foundations 100 Resilent Cities which has identified urban growth, environment and economy as areas to build a resilient Pune.

The report was published on Thursday by Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao.

Rao said, “This Preliminary Assessment is an honest look at where we are as a city today and begins to map a path forward to a brighter tomorrow. While we have much to be proud of as a city, it is only by recognizing our challenges and asking difficult questions about our future that we will be able to build strength for what the future may hold. Pune is one of the most important urban economies in India, but it is only by understanding our growth opportunities, taking a more deliberate approach to our growth and revitalizing our valuable natural resources that we will be able to remain attractive to investors, employers and the citizens based here.”

The Preliminary Resilience Assessment was developed following a comprehensive five-month stakeholder engagement and research process during which the Resilient Pune Office and steering committee surveyed hundreds of citizens, interviewed dozens of subject matter experts and formed five working groups to more deeply explore the shocks and stresses that are most pressing for Pune.

Mahesh Harhare, Chief Resilience officer for Pune siad, “Pune’s Preliminary Resilience Assessment identifies Urban Growth, Urban Environment and Urban Economy as key areas for further study. The report lays out key challenges and key questions the city will strive to answer to better understand the direction the direction the city’s planning efforts should take to build a stable and secure future.”

First Published: Aug 10, 2018 16:20 IST