A livable city respects the living planet and is in harmony with the natural systems that sustain all life. It uses earth’s resources wisely and meets current needs without compromising the well-being of future generations. It fosters biodiversity – the local communities of animals and plants unique to its place.
But in today’s time, State capitals are likely to be a good indicator of development in that state, according to recent research published by the Centre for Science and Environment, and state capitals are among India’s most livable cities.
- Delhi is ranked sixth on the Ease of Living Index 2020. In the opinion of residents polled for the survey, Delhi, on the other hand, is the worst capital.
CSE’s newest study, State of India’s Environment 2021, after Bhopal, Raipur, and Mumbai, placed Delhi as the fourth-best city in terms of governance.
Ease of Living Index score:
It is calculated on four parameters: Quality of life, economic ability, sustainability, and residents’ views. On all four categories, the cities received a score out of 100. The first three categories gave Delhi a score of 50 to 60, and the residents’ impression poll gave it a score of 69.4.
Bhubaneswar earned a citizens’ impression score of 94.8, whereas Jaipur received 87.1. Overall, Bengaluru was voted the greatest city, followed by Chennai.
“Only one state capital (Bengaluru) displays a strong economic ability, rating 78.8 out of 100, while four other state capitals (Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, and Hyderabad) provide mediocre economic opportunities,” according to the CSE research. All of the others had a score of less than 30 out of a possible 100.”
Five factors were used to rank the Cities’ Quality of Governance: services, money, technology, urban planning, and overall governance. Delhi got good marks in the areas of services, finance, and governance, but poor marks in the categories of urban planning and technology, with scores ranging from 30 to 40.
This is the index’s second edition, which was first published in 2018. The current index differs significantly from the previous one in several ways, the most notable of which is the incorporation of public feedback in determining the livability of Indian towns.
It is a shame that the capital of the country at the bottom of the list. It is quite difficult for a North Indian city to reach the top of the list, no matter how much money is poured into it.
Although, the debate between Delhi and Bangalore being the worst differs from person to person. For some, Delhi is the worst while for some Bengaluru is a hell of a place to live in.
Crime, damaged roads, garbage and waste all everywhere, nasty and uncaring individuals, bad traffic, indecent behaviour on the streets, women’s safety is non-existent, dreadful climate, extremely high noise and air pollution. What’s the best thing about Delhi? And the results of the Citizen’s Perception Survey show that Delhi is at the bottom of the list!
While Bengaluru is at the top of the list, it is important to consider the plight of other cities, as it lacks parking regulations, footpaths, road markings, traffic discipline, motorable roads, polluted rivers, garbage dumping on roads, lane discipline, traffic lights hidden by trees, dusty and dirty roads, and much more!