If you want to know the city you are residing currently is how good a place for you to live, then soon you will be able to do that. According to The Indian Express, 116 cities will be ranked by the government as per the quality of life they provide. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has decided to bring out a liveability index of 116 cities, including the 99 smart cities already identified, state capitals, and cities with 1 million-plus population. The Ministry has decided to involve the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in the process of ranking the cities. The EIU brings out an annual liveability index of cities across the world.
“The EIU of The Economist, the London-based weekly, in alliance with the IPSOS Research Private Limited and Athena Infonomics (India pvt ltd) are going to do an assessment of the liveability index for us,” said Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri was quoted as saying in the report. He said that the programme would be funded by the World Bank, and the assessment would be of relative nature, with the 116 cities graded against each other. Meanwhile, the firms for the purpose were chosen through an international bidding process.
Taking a leap in the direction of ranking the cities as per their liveable standards, former Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu had launched a set of ‘Liveability Standards’ relevant to Indian cities in June last year, which was based on 79 indicators in 15 categories for measuring institutional, social, economic and physical aspects that affect quality of life. These included education, healthcare, roads, mobility, jobs, grievance redressal, pollution, emergency response, green open spaces, as well as cultural and entertainment opportunities.
However, officials say that the Economic portal would be used to spatially map the data, whereas the Liveability Index outputs would serve as a database for decision making on urban policy and planning.
Currently, only two Indian cities Mumbai and Delhi rank in the EIU’s ‘Global Liveability Ranking’ for 140 cities. As per the 2015 index, both the cities have performed rather poorly on the list. Delhi is at 100th spot whereas Mumbai is at the 115th spot. The EIU ranking is based on parameters like stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education and infrastructure. Melbourne, Australia, has been ranked by the EIU as the world’s most liveable city for seven years in a row, from 2011 to 2017. Prior to 2011, Vancouver, Canada, was ranked the EIU’s most liveable city from 2002 to 2010.