by Elton Gomes
Pune, Navi Mumbai, and Greater Mumbai – three cities of Maharashtra are the most livable places in India. Pune has topped the Ease of living index, while Navi Mumbai and Mumbai occupy second and third ranks, respectively. According to the Ease of living index, a ranking of 111 cities, released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs on Monday, India’s capital New Delhi was ranked 65 on the index. Cities from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka did not occupy any of the top 10 spots.
The capital cities of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have made it to the top 10 ranks in the list. Bhopal was ranked 10th, while Raipur occupied the 7th spot. Another city of Madhya Pradesh, Indore, was on the 8th spot on the list that was released by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. The complete of 111 cities list can be accessed here.
Thane is the fourth city in Maharashtra that occupies a position among the top 10 cities. Tirupati, Chandigarh, Raipur, Indore, and Vijaywada were the other cities included in the top 10.
The ease of living index
Absence of data
Senior ministry officials have told the Hindu that those cities that have not provided any data have received low scores. For example, New Delhi has scored “zero” on indicators concerning inclusive housing and mixed land use and compactness. The national capital only scored 0.12 on economy and employment.
These scores, however, do not mean that New Delhi has actually performed badly on these indicators, according to member of the group that conducted the survey. It probably means that municipal bodies in New Delhi have simply failed to provide any data for those indicators.
“If Delhi is showing zero in any category, it probably means that no data was given for any indicator under that category,” a consortium member told the Hindu. The member then explained that urban local bodies have to respond to a total of 55 questions across 15 different categories under the four parametres.
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