As city after city fell into the grips of often suffocating lockdowns due to the pandemic, The New York Times provocatively asked asked The New York Times How Will Cities Survive The Coronavirus? Read more , How Will (American) Cities Survive the Coronavirus? Then, earlier last month, Singapore reported a drop in its population for the first time in 17 years 17 years Bloomberg Quint Singapore Population Drops for First Time Since 2003 on Economy Read more , as fewer foreigners were now able to work in the city-state.
Voting with their feet, India’s young workers are remapping the metros
India’s four older metros—Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi—have fewer jobs on offer and pose a higher risk of contracting Covid. Newer metros are now slowly taking their spots with better hiring, lower living costs, and better ease of living
Post-Covid, India’s working-age population is beginning to choose living and working out of newer metros
The newer metros—Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, among others—have also adapted better to post-pandemic realities
They are home to some of the sectors currently hiring; intent to hire is also higher—12.5% compared to older metros’ 10.8%
Professionals in congested cities are even considering temporary homes; OYO in Goa has seen 138% month-on-month growth in bookings