Due to heavy rains, several parts of Bengaluru city witnessed waterlogging and flooded roads. The streets of the city have turned into rivers and laid bare the scenes that originate from India’s ‘Silicon Valley’City infrastructure.
Civil problems are dire to say the least. Information Technology (IT) companies complained about the traffic system, as it became difficult for their employees to travel. As roads turned into rivers, IT professionals were forced to take tractor rides to reach their workplaces.
IT companies in the city reportedly lost $28 million (Rs 225 crore) in a single day on August 30 as workers were stuck in traffic jams for over five hours.
People say startups should look at Gurgaon rather than Bengaluru
Some companies have even indicated that they may find other business locations if the situation in Bengaluru remains the same. In the past, many companies have complained of their employees working late by an average of three to four hours due to poor infrastructure.
Now, a LinkedIn user named Kunwar Raj has sparked controversy after sharing a post where he explains why Gurgaon is a better place for startups than Bangalore.
Highlighting few points, “Airport is 20 minutes away, you can book cabs very easily, opinions are balanced – not everyone talks about startups,” Kunwar wrote.
“If you are in Gurgaon, the traffic is very manageable. If you are traveling from Delhi, it is bad during office hours. But not as bad as Bangalore, the metro connectivity is much better. I think housing and associations are also very good,” he said.
“Rain…it’s okay not to talk about it right now,” he added.
LinkedIn posts spark controversy
Kunwar’s comments sparked a heated debate and it’s safe to say that not everyone sees Gurgaon as a convenient place to work.
“What about the weather and pollution in Gurgaon? And the road rage, aggression and lack of safety for women? Also, Bellandur is not Bangalore. Bangalore is peaceful and green…I lived in Old Bangalore for several years. No such problem,” commented one user.
“Wanted to know which tech companies are headquartered in Gurgaon… and what was the reason for big companies choosing Bangalore… They also did their own research,” said another user.
“What about women’s safety and the insane pollution in Gurgaon? Having lived in both cities, I can confidently say that Bengaluru is a better place to live,” said a third user.
“The recent incident in Bengaluru is a scary reminder of what over-reliance on a single city can do. Not just Gurgaon, we need bigger cities in India if we dream of becoming a superpower,” another user added.
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