Pune tops Ease of Living Index

Pune tops Ease of Living Index


  1. Recently, the first Ease of Living Index released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Important facts:

  1. 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.

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