According to the Ease of Living Index report which was released by Union housing and Urban Affairs Minister, 3 cities of Maharashtra are the best cities to live across India. And they are Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai. The parameters on which it is measured are- Governance, Social, Physical, and Economic Infrastructure.
In the top 10 list are the Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), the union territory of Chandigarh, Thane (Maharashtra), Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) and Bhopal (MP).
Hardeep Singh Puri, Urban Affairs Minister said, “The ease of living assessment covers several metrics critical to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals in an urban environment. The analysis of data will also in turn encourage authorities concerned to know where to focus in the coming months."
However, New Delhi is ranked 65th in the list. And Chennai is on 14.
Out of 10 most livable cities, 7 are under the rule of BJP. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency, Varanasi is ranked 33.
For the survey, each city was given a score between 0 to 100. And Pune got the highest score of 58.11. However, if compared to global cities, the ratings are very poor. None of the Indian cities made it to the 2017 Global Liveability report of the Economist Intelligence Unit. In that report, Mumbai got highest ranking from India of 141 out of 231 cities that were surveyed. And Pune got 151.
Saswat Bandopadhyay, an urban sector expert, said, “These kind of indices are dependent on quality of data, the methodology used and how and who verified the data. Unless the process to measure a city’s performance is robust, the result will not have credibility. Globally, liveability rankings are done by independent authorities."
He further said, “The urban data hardships increase as you go down to smaller local bodies. Thus, while measuring ease of urban liveability, efforts should be made towards building urban data culture. Without a robust data culture, measuring ease of liveability will have limited meaning."