This is a city with largely untapped
potential. The education infrastructure can be the envy of every other city,
especially as it used to be dubbed as the Oxford of the East. It has its own
evolving business landscape. And having successfully come out of the shadow
of Mumbai, it is marching ahead with vibrancy. However, as of today, it is a
laggard in competitiveness. It stays behind on all dimensions, enjoying top
rank only in spending pattern. It needs to shake up its slumber and pace up
its forward pursuits. .
The penetration of personal computers (PCs) in terms of number of PCs per capita is the highest in Pune. IT and ITES have exploited very well this city's pool of professionals. Many a well-planned software and technology parks are pearls in this uncrowned city. .
Culturally, the city is perpetually celebrating life and has been regarded as the pensioner's paradise. Business-wise, it has to take a hard look at its affairs. The large armed forces paraphernalia adds to spending power of the city. .
Pune is now a fast growing industrial hub and has become a major industrial centre for automobiles. The world's second largest forging company (Bharat Forge Ltd) is located here, as are many notable engineering and manufacturing companies. Numerous small and medium-sized enterprises have grown in the city. .
The government has actively propounded industrial policy. This city is often seen as the most suited population. Pune has to be a successful urban platform, offering attributes like skilled and educated workforce; adequate infrastructure such as transportation, telecommunication and distribution networks; a safe, livable community where quality of life is important including the presence of high quality health care, educational institutions, entertainment venues, open spaces, and vibrant cultural institutions. .
Not to be ignored are other attributes like Rank the ability to recognize and build upon a city's competitive assets, foster innovation, build networks and develop industry clusters; the ability to conduct cutting edge research and development; and the capacity to have partnerships and collaborative efforts forged at all levels of government, the private sector and the volunteer sector. .
Eventually, this city is on the same curve path as Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. It has to discover its natural advantages and leverage them into sustainable competitive advantages. .
COMPETITIVE STRENGTHS .
Excellent spending pattern
Acceptable quality of life
Conducive competitive intensity .
COMPETITIVE WEAKNESSES .
Lopsided income distribution
Most inferior infrastructure
Untenable demand conditions