HYDERABAD: Technology hub Hyderabad has edged out 129 other cities in the world to emerge as the world’s most dynamic city, according to the seventh edition of the City Momentum Index by global real estate services firm JLL.
The city has pushed Bengaluru to second place to regain the top position after a gap of one year. Chennai is at fifth and Delhi is in sixth place.
While Hyderabad and Bengaluru are the top two cities globally for socio-economic momentum, a more active real estate market helped elevate Hyderabad to the first position in the overall ranking, says the report released by the US-based Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) on Saturday night.
Hyderabad recorded the highest office net absorption in 2019 (as a proportion of existing stock) of any city globally, while it is also among the world’s best-performing cities for prime office rental growth.
While all seven major Indian cities feature in this year’s Global Top 20, cities in south India in particular - Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai (5th) “are ahead of their northern peers, supported by favourable demographics and business climates”.
Kolkata and Mumbai made it to the top 20 and stood at the 16th and 20th positions. Despite an economic slowdown, India leads the 2020 Index with seven Indian cities in the top 20.
“Commercial real estate in south Indian cities is growing at a rapid pace. Hyderabad has seen tremendous growth in 2019 in line with that of Bengaluru. The city has actively embraced technology-driven economic growth and attracted large tech giants and e-commerce players. The state government’s focus on business-friendly policies and provision of high-quality infrastructure along with the availability of quality talent pool and superior quality business parks have given Hyderabad a competitive edge, said Ramesh Nair, CEO and Country Head - India, JLL.
The minister said 50 percent weight from socio-economic indicators beside the remaining 50 percent from commercial and real estate was also heartening.
KTR, as the minister is popularly known, noted that in 2014 when Telangana attained statehood, Hyderabad was not even on the list. He recalled that when Telangana was formed there were many doubts as to what would happen to Hyderabad. “It entered the top 20 in 2015 and rose to fifth place in 2016 and third position in 2017. Hyderabad topped the list in 2018 and finished second the last year. This year it is back at the top,” he said. (IANS)