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Ease of Living Index 2020

Bengaluru emerges as top performer in 'Million plus category' of Indian cities. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Bengaluru, Pune best cities: Ease of Living Index 2020 out

Bengaluru has emerged as the top performer in the ‘Million plus category‘ of the Indian cities, followed by Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Surat in the final rankings of the Ease of Living Index (EoLI) 2020 released by the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry today.

Among the top 10 cities Navi Mumbai, Coimbatore, Vadodara, Indore, and Greater Mumbai also figured, while in the ‘Less than Million category‘, Shimla ranked the highest in ease of living, followed by Bhubaneshwar, Silvassa, Kakinada, Salem, Vellore, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Davangere, and Tiruchirappalli.

In an online event in Delhi, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri released the final rankings of Ease of Living Index 2020 and the Municipal Performance Index (MPI) 2020.

A total of 111 cities participated in the assessment exercise that was conducted in 2020. The analysis was categorised into Million+ populated cities and Less than Million populated cites along with all the cities under the Smart Cities Program.

Indore highest-ranked municipality in India

In the ‘Million plus category‘, Indore has emerged as the highest-ranked municipality, followed by Surat and Bhopal. In the ‘Less than Million category’, New Delhi Municipal Council has emerged as the leader, followed by Tirupati and Gandhinagar. 

The Municipal Performance Index (MPI) examined the sectoral performance of 111 municipalities (with Delhi assessed separately for NDMC and the three Municipal Corporations) across five verticals: Services, Finance, Policy, Technology and Governance.

What is Ease of Living Index?

The Ease of Living Index is an assessment tool that evaluates the quality of life and the impact of various initiatives for urban development. It provides a comprehensive understanding of participating cities across India based on the quality of life, the economic ability of a city, and its sustainability and resilience. The assessment also incorporates the residents’ view on the services provided by city administration through a Citizen Perception Survey. 

The Municipal Performance Index (MPI) was launched as an accompaniment to the Ease of Living Index. It seeks to examine local government practice in municipalities across areas of services, finance, policy, technology and governance. It seeks to simplify and evaluate the complexities in local governance practice and promote the ethos of transparency and accountability.

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