- Recently, the first Ease of Living Index released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
- 2. State wise performance:
- Three cities in Maharashtra- Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai, top the list.
- The national capital, New Delhi is ranked 11 among 65 cities.
- Chennai is in 14th place.
- Kolkata did not participate in the survey.
- The other cities in the top ten include Tirupati, Chandigarh, Thane, Raipur, Indore, Vijayawada and Bhopal.
- The three cities at the bottom of the rankings are Rampur, Kohima and Patna.
3. The performance is based on four parameters:
- Institutions or governance
- Social indicators
- Economic indicators
- Physical infrastructure.
4. Cities which were unable or unwilling to provide data received low scores.
5. For example, New Delhi has a score of “zero” on indicators regarding inclusive hosing and mixed land use and compactness, and a score of just 0.12 on economy and employment.
- The ranking marks “a shift to a data-driven approach to urban planning and management.
- The future editions of the Index may also incorporate citizen and stakeholder feedback rather than relying on government data alone.
6. The index faced challenged in collecting information from data-starved urban local bodies.
7. Hurdles were seen in indicators such health-where local governments did not have access to data from private hospitals.