Now that Vijayawada is our new capital, how does cost of living in Vijayawada compare to that of Hyderabad ??

food price inflation in andhraThis is a normal question which will cross the minds of many. Particularly, those of the government servants who will have to start relocating from Hyderabad to Vijayawada over the next few months and years. The general feeling would be Vijayawada is much cheaper than Hyderabad considering the fact that it is a much smaller city ( and is yet to attain any trappings of a big city). However, the following information will blow your minds away. Not surprising, that AP NGOs who are supposed to relocate to Vijayawada at a much lesser HRA, are reluctant to do so.

While there is a huge difference in earnings and per capita income with Hyderabadis earning much higher, you would need ONLY around Rs 70,476 in Hyderabad to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with RS 68,000 in Vijayawada (assuming you rent in both cities). 
Which means that in Vijayawada people spend almost the equivalent amount for living
while earning just about half of Hyderabadis.
  Vijayawada   Hyderabad       Difference
Restaurants
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 60.00 Rs     100.00 Rs      +66.67 %
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 375.00 Rs     500.00 Rs      +33.33 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 215.00 Rs     200.00 Rs   -6.98 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 100.00 Rs     95.00 Rs  -5.00 %
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 125.00 Rs     130.00 Rs  +4.00 %
Cappuccino (regular) 62.60 Rs     70.37 Rs      +12.41 %
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 27.86 Rs     21.82 Rs  -21.65 %
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 11.83 Rs     14.40 Rs      +21.65 %
 Eating out in Hyderabad is obviously costlier than Vijayawada
Markets
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 43.29 Rs     43.33 Rs  +0.09 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 24.00 Rs     26.74 Rs      +11.43 %
Rice (white), (1kg) 42.83 Rs     46.03 Rs  +7.45 %
Eggs (12) 47.80 Rs     47.82 Rs   +0.05 %
Local Cheese (1kg) 350.00 Rs     250.38 Rs  -28.46 %
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 200.00 Rs     187.50 Rs  -6.25 %
Apples (1kg) 82.50 Rs     148.71 Rs      +80.26 %
Oranges (1kg) 68.80 Rs     89.80 Rs      +30.52 %
Tomato (1kg) 24.17 Rs     26.85 Rs      +11.10 %
Potato (1kg) 27.50 Rs     26.00 Rs   -5.45 %
Lettuce (1 head) 35.00 Rs     43.12 Rs      +23.21 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 23.67 Rs     28.23 Rs      +19.26 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 200.00 Rs     600.00 Rs  +200 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 70.00 Rs     90.83 Rs      +29.76 %
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 102.50 Rs     122.65 Rs      +19.66 %
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 60.00 Rs     135.00 Rs      +125%
 Prices of normal groceries is costlier in Hyderabad
Transportation
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 10.00 Rs     15.00 Rs      +50.00 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 700.00 Rs     700.00 Rs    0.00 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 125.00 Rs     40.00 Rs  -68.00 %
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 15.00 Rs     15.00 Rs  0.00 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 100.00 Rs     100.00 Rs 0.00 %
Petrol (1 liter) 70.00 Rs     77.40 Rs      +10.57 %
Hiring a taxi in Vijayawada is a very expensive affair compared to Hyderabad
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for a 2BR apartment 2,375.00 Rs     1,663.24 Rs  -29.97 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.88 Rs     0.89 Rs  +2.11 %
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 774.00 Rs     819.12 Rs  +5.83 %
 Basic utilities are cheaper in Hyderabad
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans- Good brands 1,960.00 Rs     2,369.48 Rs      +20.89 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store 1,000.00 Rs     1,596.43 Rs      +59.64 %
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 2,440.00 Rs     3,019.05 Rs      +23.73 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 2,320.00 Rs     2,412.57 Rs  +3.99 %
 Clothes are much cheaper in Vijayawada
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 7,166.67 Rs     8,772.73 Rs      +22.41 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,416.67 Rs     5,132.26 Rs      +16.20 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 14,142.86 Rs     23,625.00 Rs      +67.05 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 10,500.00 Rs     14,446.43 Rs      +37.59 %
 Vijayawada rents are catching up with Hyderabad
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square yard to Buy Apartment in City Centre 63,361.21 Rs     51,805.64 Rs  -18.24 %
Price per Square yard to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 24,097.24 Rs     29,301.33 Rs      +21.60 %
Apartment Prices in good localities in Vijayawada are already higher than Hyderabad
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 18,400.00 Rs     32,829.00 Rs      +78.42 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 11.49     10.97  -4.58 %
 However, people in Vijayawada earn much lesser than their Hyderabad counterparts.

You can also read the Deccan Chronicle report on the same

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