On January 19, 2018, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep S Puri, announced commencement of the Liveability Index Programme in 116 Indian cities.
- Goal of assessing the cities on liveability standards and thereafter compiling the index rankings is to make Indian cities more ‘Liveable’.
- This programme would be funded by the World Bank.
Information about 116 cities to be covered under Liveability Index Programme:
This index will be compiled by assessing liveability standards of 116 Indian cities. The list includes the identified Smart Cities and few more cities with a population of over 1 million.
- Delhi’s three municipal corporations, Kochi (Kerala), Bangalore (Karnataka), Ghaziabad, Meerut, Varanasi, Allahabad and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) and Faridabad in Haryana are some of the cities that will be assessed under Liveability Index Programme.
- All 116 selected cities, together account for a total population of 13.4 crore people.
Assessment under Liveability Index Programme:
These 116 cities will be assessed on 15 core parameters like governance, education, social infrastructure, employment, security and health.
- Physical infrastructure like housing, open spaces, land use, solid waste management energy and water availability and pollution level will also be taken into consideration.
- Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has selected the IPSOS Research Pvt Ltd, Athena Infonomics India Pvt. Ltd and Economist Group Ltd for carrying out the assessment in the selected 116 cities. These entities have been selected through an international bidding process.
- It is to be noted that Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) under Economist Group Ltd brings out the annual ‘Global Liveability Ranking’ for 140 cities which also includes two Indian cities — Mumbai and Delhi.
- The assessment would be of relative nature as all 116 cities will be graded against each other
- Result of the assessment will be announced in June 2018.