Bengaluru tops the list of most livable cities; Chennai second, Delhi at sixth place
In the latest study by the Centre For Science and Environment titled 'State of India’s Environment in Figures 2021' India's IT Capital Bengaluru tops the list as most livable city. In four different parameters set by the CSE to determine ease of living index, Bengaluru received a 66.7% and gained the top slot. The city is followed by its neighbour Chennai, and Shimla.
From quality of life to economic ability, sustainability and citizens’ perceptions, Bengaluru has a fair share in all these parameters and hence has been placed on top by the Centre For Science and Environment as a number one city in its ease of index for living study, 'State of India’s Environment in Figures 2021'. The study was taken up in ten cities in India
Neighboring Chennai also has a decent share and hence is placed second while Shimla occupies 3rd spot and Bhubaneswar comes behind the hill station region.
In the first parameter of decent economic ability, Bengaluru scored 78.82% out of 100. Whereas Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad were only able to provide middle income opportunities. This score is what catapulted IT capital on top of the chart despite scoring little less on other parameters.
In terms of quality of life parameters, Chennai tops as it scored most with 68.84% while Bengaluru received 55.67% and Shimla scored 53.04% and Bhubaneswar scored 51.79%.
Bhubaneshwar city however edged past Bengaluru, Chennai and Shimla when it came to citizen's perception criteria as it scored 94.8%. While Bengaluru received 78%, Chennai got 82.5% and Shimla scored 83.39%.
National capital Delhi pushed to sixth spot
The national capital sprung a surprise as Delhi ranked sixth on the list with an overall rating of 57.56%. It ranked as the worst capital in the perception of 'citizens surveyed' as it scored only 69.4%.
In terms of decent economic ability and providing middle-income opportunity Delhi scored 50.73%; 51.22% in the quality of life category and 56.02% in sustainability.
In terms of sustainability in which elements like environment, green spaces and buildings, energy consumption and city resilience are taken into consideration for scoring, Bengaluru scored 59.97%, Chennai 57.07%, Shimla 69.16%, and Bhubaneswar scored 57.77%.
Mumbai fares better than Delhi
Mumbai City takes the fifth spot below Bhubaneshwar. The city in parameters like quality of life scored 51.12%, scored 32.12% in economic ability, 60.74% in sustainability and reported 77.9% in citizen's perception survey.
How the below-mentioned cities are placed in overall ranking list:
The criteria for weightage in the study is each category is distributed as 35% for quality of life, 15% for economic ability, 20% for sustainability and 30% for citizen's perception which is a new addition in 2021.
The report also states the pathetic condition of sewage treatment in Indian cities and pointed out that only 28% of sewage is being treated overall and in some Union Territories and States, sewage is not treated at all.
As per reports, CSE director Sunita Narain, was quoted as saying after releasing the e-book “There is drama in numbers, especially when these numbers give you a trend are things getting better or worse? It is even more powerful when you can use the trend to understand the crisis, the challenge and the opportunity. The numbers in the case of Indian cities clearly suggest that the direction of development in them is unsustainable.”
She also stressed on effective data management for better planning of projects and policymaking.
“Just consider how we have suffered in this past year because we do not have sufficient or accurate data on tests, or the number of deaths, or serological surveys, or genomic sequencing of the variants. In each case, data would have been (and is) critical for policy-making,” a reported Narin as saying.
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