Indian cities are slowly clawing back to normalcy after enduring the nationwide lockdown for more than 2 months. This finding was the result of extensive survey carried by MyGate, a security and community management solution startup. The startup relied on its app’s user base data to make conclusive findings.
MyGate, which claims to be India’s largest community management solution, said that daily help (such as maids, cooks and nannies) employed by residents living in co-operative housing societies started coming back to work in the Second half of May. Although this normalcy cannot be compared with pre-lockdown period, it still shows the Indian homes’ willingness to resume to normalcy.
According to MyGate’s findings, More than 60% of gated communities that use MyGate in South and North India have started to have their daily help back to work; this was as of May 24, 2020.
IT city of Bengaluru topped all other cities in showing strongest sign for clawing back to normalcy, with 76% of gated communities in the city permitting entry to maids. This was followed by Hyderabad with 73% and Chennai 64% while Delhi 62% and Kolkata 61% were not far behind.
However, numbers aren’t encouraging for cities located in the western part of India. Only 15% of societies in Mumbai, the city that is worst hit by the COVID-19 crises, are allowing the entry of daily help. This is the lowest figure reported by any Indian city in the survey. For Pune and Ahmedabad, the numbers were relatively on the higher side; with both cities reporting 47% and 57%, respectively.
It should be noted that all those societies where the entry of daily help is permitted, they have imposed proactive measures to curb the growth of coronavirus. These proactive measures have been announced by resident welfare associations (RWAs).
Commenting on the trends, Vijay Arisetty, CEO & Co-Founder, MyGate said “The trend we’re seeing across cities reflects the significant roles that daily help play in urban Indian homes. Their contribution is well-known and often acknowledged, but never felt as strongly as in these two months.”
He further added “we’re glad to have introduced a number of features to give RWAs the confidence to reopen their gates and give daily help the chance to get back to work.”
MyGate is a security management company that offers security solutions to residential complexes through its mobile app. It has till date raised $67 Mn, according to competitive insight website Owler.com. Its last funding of $57 Mn came in October last year. The company competes with Adda, ApnaComplex and NoBroker Hood.