In­dia will Soon have its Own Live­abil­ity In­dex

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Nidhi.Sharma @times­group.com

New Delhi: You would soon know how live­able your city is. Tak­ing a leaf out of in­ter­na­tional prac­tice of rat­ing cities on live­abil­ity, In­dia is all set to in­tro­duce its own live­abil­ity in­dex.

Begin­ning with 100 smart cities, the live­abil­ity in­dex would rank all In­dian cities on 77 pa­ram­e­ters in­clud­ing how they fare in terms of griev­ance re­dres­sal of cit­i­zens, pol­lu­tion, avail­abil­ity of wa­ter and power, on­line cit­i­zen ser­vices, up­keep of his­tor­i­cal build­ings, in­crease in tourist foot­falls, crime rate, ex­tent of crimes recorded against women, chil­dren and el­derly, avail­abil­ity of traf­fic sur­veil­lance sys­tem and ed­u­ca­tion.

The live­abil­ity in­dex, which would be un­veiled at an ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­istry work­shop on Tues­day, would chart a city’s progress against var­i­ous stan­dards un­der four cat­e­gories – in­sti­tu­tional, so­cial, eco­nomic and phys­i­cal. These would in turn be di­vided into 15 sub-cat­e­gories of stan­dards and take the form of 15 cat­e­gory in­dexes, which will to­gether con­trib­ute to a com­mon City Live­abil­ity In­dex.

These in­dices will be used to cre­ate a rank­ing frame­work for all cities, fa­cil­i­tat­ing a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment amongst cities to im­prove their live­abil­ity.

A se­nior ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­istry of­fi­cial told ET, “Sub-in­dices will help cities to iden­tify and im­prove upon par­tic­u­lar ar­eas of de­fi­ciency for im­prov­ing their in­dices and com­par­a­tive in­ter-city Home Call­ing rankings. This com­pet­i­tive ap­proach would help in im­prov­ing ur­ban in­fra­struc­ture in the cities.”

A sci­en­tific for­mula has been de­vel­oped giv­ing per­cent­age weigh­tage to the four cat­e­gories of re­forms. Max­i­mum weigh­tage (40%) would be given to phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture, which would in­clude wa­ter, en­ergy, waste wa­ter, solid waste, hous­ing, open space, mo­bil­ity and pol­lu­tion in­dices.

This would be fol­lowed by gov­er­nance in­dex (30%). So­cial in­dex (20%) would in­clude health in­dex, ed­u­ca­tion, iden­tity and cul­ture in­dex and se­cu­rity in­dex. Eco­nomic in­dex (10%) would in­clude un­em­ploy­ment rate, an­nual in­crease in num­ber of regis­tered of­fices and com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments and other in­dices re­flect­ing the health of city econ­omy.

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