Focusing on comprehensive assessment of urban development, the Madhya Pradesh Government has released its own ranking. In contrast to the Union government rankings, the Madhya Pradesh Urban Administration and Housing Development (UAHD) rankings of municipal corporations has Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s assembly constituency Chhindwara on top, followed by Burhanpur and Dewas. Bhopal is rank of eighth and Indore is eleventh. The rankings, which assess cities on six broad parameters, were released recently.
“The rankings are to basically get a balanced view on urban development. Currently, the focus has been only on Swachh rankings. Our methodology is also to include other programmes of urban development,” said Madhya Pradesh UAHD principal secretary, Sanjay Dubey.
Interestingly, Gwalior and Jabalpur divisions are at the bottom of the rankings, similar to overall rankings of the Union Government. Madhya Pradesh Urban Development Minister Jaivarshan Singh’s assembly constituency is in Gwalior division.
Drawing focus and evaluating performance of municipal commissioners, the Madhya Pradesh UAHD has tagged multiple parameters besides weightage to Swachh Bharat only. Compared to the MP UAHD ranking, the Union Government’s Swachh ranking has Indore as the cleanest city in India and Bhopal as cleanest capital city. The two cities are also among the most liveable, going by the Union Government’s ease-of-living index.
The Madhya Pradesh UAHD ranking is based on assessment of wider criteria, including cleanliness, implementation of project under AMRUT, housing development and urban livelihoods mission and smart city development. Chhindwara scored 77.52 out of 100 points. Burhanpur from a non-ODF city, in November got an ODF++ certification, scored 70.44, ahead of Dewas which got 69.40 points.
“Burhanpur has improved on various accounts of project development. A comprehensive sewage networking project is underway along projects funded under AMRUT,” said Burhanpur municipal commissioner, Bhagwandas Bhumarkar. Similarly, focused development of Chhindwara has meant that tax collection efficiency of the corporation has improved, along with implementation of various urban development projects.
Interestingly, none of the top three cities are part of the Union government’s smart cities' mission. MP, as a state, has the most number of smart cities in India. The top performing city with smart cities’ tag was Ujjain with a score of 66.89 and is ranked fourth. Bhopal, at rank 8, got 62.35 points. It scored the least number of points on implementation of housing schemes, including Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and CM housing mission. Overall, Bhopal performed well on smart city implementation, with Indore still taking the top slot in Swachh Bharat Mission. However, Indore’s tax collection efficiency was rated as the worst.