The government has launched the Liveability index to rate 116 Indian cities. The index will measure the quality of life in 99 smart cities, capital cities and those with a population of over one million. That apart, the cities to be assessed under the liveability index include Delhi’s three municipal corporations, Bengaluru, Kochi, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Varanasi, Allahabad, Lucknow, and Faridabad.
The ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) through an international bidding process under World Bank-funded CBUD programme has selected IPSOS Research in alliance with Athena Infonomics India and Economist Group for assessing the liveability indices in 116 cities. This assessment is being conducted along with the Economic Intelligence Unit of The Economist, a London-based weekly that has already developed a liveability ranking for 140 cities globally. This programme will be funded by the World Bank, said the ministry’s note. The ranking of these cities is expected to be ready by June.
These cities will be rated on parameters such as local governance, social infrastructure, education, employment, health, safety, security, physical infrastructure such as housing, availability of open spaces, land use, energy, availability of water, solid waste management, pollution, etc.
The exercise will include rolling out of over 30 capacity building workshops to understand ‘urban data’ and equip cities with the necessary tools and knowledge to create the database for the evaluation. Reconnaissance visits to all 116 cities to capture critical city-level information. It will include over one lakh citizen and user surveys across the country to measure satisfaction level of citizens on urban services. There will also be an Economist portal to spatially map the data and the Liveability Index outputs that will serve as a knowledge base for taking policy decisions and for planning