2016 Hyderabad, India
Hyderabad, India. Nominated as a Knowledge Metropolis. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyderabad,_Andhra_Pradesh)
Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is known as the City of Pearls . The city is one of the largest metropolitans of India with an area of 650 square kilometres (250 sq mi), having the population of 6,809,970 and 7,749,334 living in the metropolitan area, making Hyderabad the fourth most populous city and the sixth-most populous urban agglomeration in India.
Hyderabad was established in 1591 AD on the banks of the Musi River on the tip of the Deccan Plateau by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad come under the ambit of a single municipal unit the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
Hyderabad was once a global center of the diamond and pearls trade. During late 20th and early 21st century the city emerged as a major global center for the information technology (IT) industry, and biopharmaceutical industry. The city is home to the Telugu Film Industry known popularly as Tollywood.
Hyderabad is home to many historical sites, including the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage site of Chowmahalla Palace. The city is a regular tourist hotspot and carries many places of interest. Situated on the crossroads of North and South India, Hyderabad has been noted for its unique culture, art and architecture.
A1 - Historic city that has transformed itself into a modern metropolis. A2 - Has attracted a host of IT and pharmaceutical companies to set up knowledge intensive work activities in the city. (http://www.iictindia.org/, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_jCkx2jwoQ) A3 - While it does not specifically have a strategic future centre, neither does Singapore, an alpha-city! A4 - Relatively good and amicable. A5 - State capital of Andhra Pradesh, well served by links to Delhi as well as the diaspora overseas. B6 - Rural hinterland presents a challenge for both federal as well as state governments to balance knowledge development with the needs of the rural poor. B7 - Situated on the Daccan Plateau, Hyderabad has a milder swing of extreme summer temperature while being temperate in the winter. B8 - Hyderabad enjoys less pollution than the major Asian metros and has in fact improved on this to be quite a liveable city. B9 - Whilst lacking by OECD standards, Hyderabad's schools, hospitals, clubs and other amenities are among the most comfortable in India. B10 - Well served by a new International Airport and connected by rail and road. E-Connectivity is similarly good. C11 - As with the rest of India and particularly true for a high technology hub, most of the city's residents are below 30 years of age. C12 - Whereas hygiene and public health standards are lacking, the city has not experienced any untoward epidemics in recent history. C13 - Here lies an endemic problem in India, there is a pre-existing socio-economic divide that is not easily bridged. C14 - The country, state and city function as participative democracies despite the menace of a fringe, ultra left group known as the Naxalites. C15 - Very good. Hyderabad is a pioneer of e-government in India and the region. C16 - Since historic times, a cosmopolitan city which prides itself for tolerance to diverse cultures. C17 - Remarkable - at the political level, the citizentry has voted for change numerous times and as a society has attracted IT, bio and cultural talent in the same breadth.