Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai from Maharashtra, were ranked India’s three most livable places on the government’s inaugural ‘Ease of Living Index’, which was released on August 13, 2018. The national capital came at 65th place, out of a total of 111 cities. Rampur in Uttar Pradesh figured at the bottom of the livability index, released by the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry. Chennai has been ranked 14th, while Kolkata did not participate in the survey. Kohima (Nagaland) and Patna (Bihar) were also placed in the bottom-three.
In the top-ten, the three cities from Maharashtra were followed by Tirupati, Chandigarh, Thane, Raipur, Indore, Vijayawada and Bhopal. Varanasi was at 33rd place, Ahmedabad at 23rd and Hyderabad at 27th.
This is the first-ever exercise undertaken by the ministry to rank the country’s major cities on the basis of four parameters of ease of living – governance, social, economic and physical infrastructure. The ministry said evaluation of cities, had been done on a 100-point scale across 78 indicators – institutional and social pillars carried 25 points each, five points were given for economic pillar and 45 points for the physical pillar.
Releasing the index, housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri, said this assessment was the first of its kind globally, in terms of scale and coverage and the ranking marked a shift to a data-driven approach to urban planning and management and promoted healthy competition among cities. No city from Uttar Pradesh or Tamil Nadu figured in the top ten. While Rampur was ranked the lowest, those in the bottom-ten also included Kohima, Patna, Bihar Sharif, Bhagalpur, Itanagar, Pasighat, Kavaratti, Saharanpur and Silvassa.
Srinagar was ranked 100th, Jammu at 95th, Panaji 90th, Aligarh 86th, Gurugram at 88th and Meerut was 101st. Ghaziabad was ranked 46th and Rae Bareli at 49th. After the ten most livable cities, Karim Nagar (Telangana) has been ranked 11th, followed by Tiruchirappalli, Bilaspur, Chennai, Jabalpur, Amravati, Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Surat, Vasai-Virar city, Nashik, Solapur, Ahmedabad, Ujjain, Coimbatore, Erode, Hyderabad, Madurai, Tiruppur, Jainpur, Nagpur and Gwalior, among others.