i. Close to National Capital: The city is approximately at a distance of 4 hrs by road from the National Capital. Considering India's length and breadth, requiring more than 50 hrs of journey in approaching some areas, this is a very small duration.
ii. Low crime rate: Chandigarh has the good fortune of having a low crime rate.
This makes it doubly responsive as well, but provides a healthy
iv. Larger Urban area than rural area: Chandigarh, spread in an area of approx 115 Sq Kms, is a cosmopolitan with a mix of rural and urban areas, but having majority of urban area makes life simpler for planners (79 Sq. km Urban area and 36 Sq. km Rural area.), as basic infrastructure is available as per the urban services. Therefore any e-initiative can be started off without much additional infrastructural investments.
v. Effective Power distribution network: Chandigarh has one of the best electricity distribution systems in India. Efforts are being made towards further rationalization of power tariff and energy reforms
vi. Progressive IT location: Some of the industries that have already placed their footprints on Chandigarh are; VLSI Design, Software Development, ITES, BPO etc. During the year 2003-04 software exports from Chandigarh amounted to more than US $ 2.3 billion, which indicates towards its potential as an IT destination. There are about 3000 IT professionals working in and around the main parks viz. Chandigarh Technology Park, Quark City, and the SPIC Incubation Centre
vii. Aware and Active Citizens: Literacy rate in Chandigarh is reasonably high. ...