Where culture lives and business reaches across the globe
Kailash Katkar, Founder, MD and CEO, Quick Heal Technologies Ltd., talks about the city and its vibrancy.pune Updated: Jul 26, 2017 13:24 IST
Pune is a special city in India. It helped me with my business across India and the globe. It is only here where you will find a strong cultural and community bond among citizens. The ‘sanskriti’ (tradition) of the city has remained intact, despite the changes and development it has seen over the years.
Passion and love for the city is something I can’t let go off. When I was younger, I had the choice of moving to Mumbai for work. However, I did not consider that opportunity because I decided to bring to Pune what Mumbai has. I did not want to leave my city just because another city offers more. I decided to put Pune on the global map. And, this determination got me to introduce an IT security solution company in the city.
As a child, I remember Deccan was the central spot - Swargate and Shivajinagar was considered far. That was the time I could say I knew every nook and corner of the city. Now I can’t say the same anymore. It has changed and expanded so much.
The essence of the city hasn’t changed though, it has just expanded because of the influx of people coming here for jobs and other factors. The best part is that people here are still very rooted and well-versed with their cultures.
I remember cycling down to the electronic stores near Vithoba Temple. I happened to go there again recently and surprisingly nothing has changed. The shop owners recognised me and congratulated me for my success. It is amazing that the rates of the products here are minuscule and the people behind the counters are prompt and well-versed with it.
The city needs to undergo some changes and most importantly, the government needs to focus on bettering the public transport. The population of Pune has increased and hence, we need better transport facilities. I feel the use of IT to track buses and update passengers on the services will help. A mobile app can be built with updates on buses approaching the bus-stop and also help track the bus, real time. This can be possible with the use of IT.
The second thing we need to shift our focus on is water scarcity and management. We need to approach developed countries to help us with consultancy with regards to water-saving techniques. It is a grave issue and we need to learn to manage it well.
Pune is a part of India’s 100 Smart Cities, so we need to ensure it becomes a smart city in the truest sense. Hence, it is important to have traffic and water management. The more we use and include IT the better development is possible.
We should also focus on bringing in green practices. Above all, most importantly, we citizens need to take efforts to improve city conditions. We need to start by changing ourselves. And, it is not difficult in a city like to Pune to bring about changes. Discipline needs to come to citizens first and local bodies should intervene to bring it in. For example, instead of spending money on programme and activities during Ganeshotsav, local bodies should use money and time to create awareness on several city issues in their areas. Cultural platforms can work wonders to bring about overnight change.
Nilesh Ratnaparkhi, founder, iauro.com
Pune has always been receptive and open to new businesses and off late we have seen an upswing in start-ups in the city. Pune has the potential to become a ground of start-up incubation for its talented residents, and an information and education hub.
Kiran Naik, founder, GKTN Consultancy
Incorporating IT in all our routine will help make Pune a more accessible city. We need to work on using IT in managing our traffic as well as civic issues.