India Launches First Livability Index; 116 Cities To Be Rated
Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on January 19 announced the launch of the India's first Livability Index to rank 116 cities. An official said that the result of the exercise would be announced in June.
"The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has decided to assess the livability standard of 116 Indian cities, which include the identified smart cities and few more cities with a population of over one million," the minister told a press conference here.
Among the cities to be assessed for the Livability Index are Delhi's three municipal corporations, Bengaluru, Kochi, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Varanasi, Allahabad, Lucknow and Faridabad. The cities will be assessed on 15 core parameters such as governance, social infrastructure, education, employment, health and safety and security.
The Livability Index will also take into account physical infrastructure such as housing, open spaces, land use, energy and water availability, solid-waste management and pollution, among others.
The ministry, through an international-bidding process under a World Bank-funded programme, has selected the IPSOS Research in consortium with the Athena Infonomics India and Economist Group for the assessment of the livability indices
With inputs from Housing News