Ease of Living Index: Bengaluru, Shimla 'most liveable' cities
(Sourced from PTI)
Bengaluru was adjudged the most liveable among 111 cities in India in the government's Ease of Living Index (EoLI) released on Thursday, followed by Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Surat, Navi Mumbai, Coimbatore, Vadodra, Indore, and Greater Mumbai. Of the 49 cities ranked on the livability index in the million-plus population category, Delhi figures in the 13th spot and Srinagar at the bottom.
According to the index released by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Shimla topped the category of cities with a population of less than a million. In this category, Bhubaneshwar was ranked second, Silvassa came third, and they were followed by Kakinada, Salem, Vellore, Gandhinagar, Gurgaon, Davangere, and Tiruchirapalli.
Muzaffarpur figured at the bottom of the livability index for 62 cities in the less than a million population category. New Delhi Municipal Council topped the Municipal Performance Index in the less than a million population category. It was followed by Tirupati, Gandhinagar, Karnal, Salem, Tiruppur, Bilaspur, Udaipur, Jhansi, and Tirunelveli. Indore topped the Municipal Performance Index in the million-plus population category.
In the million-plus population category, Surat is placed second in the Municipal Performance Index, followed by Bhopal, Pimpri Chinchawad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Raipur, Greater Mumbai, and Visakhapatnam. According to a Press Information Bureau release, "The Ease of Living Index is an assessment tool that evaluates the quality of life and the impact of various initiatives for urban development."
Participating cities are evaluated on the basis of the quality of life, economic-ability, sustainability, and resilience. The assessment also takes into consideration the residents' views on the services that their city's administration provides. This is done through a Citizen Perception Survey that was carried out between January 16 and March 20, 2020.
Money Control quoted Puri as saying, "The ranking system harnesses the idea of competitiveness to propel cities into performing better with the aim to climb higher on the rankings."