Bengaluru Tops India's Ease Of Living Index. Except Traffic Problems, Say Residents
An "ease of living index" released by the Urban Development Ministry aims to measure the well-being of citizens in 111 cities. 49 indicators of quality of life, economic-ability and sustainability under 13 categories were measured. The aim of the index is to accelerate India's urban development and guide evidence-based policymaking. It also works to promote healthy competition among cities. The city that ranked the best with a population of over one million is Bengaluru.
While there is no debate on the weather, medical facilities, education and jobs, there is another face of the city which has made the headlines - its often terrible traffic, garbage woes and polluted lakes.
The civic infrastructure has not kept up pace with the Garden City's rapid growth, giving rise to some cynicism over the ranking. But the criteria considered for the ranking are the reasons why the city made the cut.
"My first reaction was to chuckle a bit. Because like most Bengalureans and many cynical citizens, we tend to underplay and be self-effacing about what good our city is. But on second thoughts, when I went through the reports, the ease of living as against the municipal performance index were two different things," said Priya Chetty, partner at Multiversal Advisory.