Bengaluru and Shimla emerged as the top cities in the Ease of Living Index (EoLI) 2020 in the Million Plus category and less than a million category respectively, the rankings, which were announced on Thursday, March 4.
Minister of State (Independent Charge), Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri announced this. As many as 111 cities participated in the assessment exercise conducted in 2020. The analysis categorised the cities into Million + populated cities (those with a population of more than a million) and Less than Million populated cites (those with a population of less than a million) along with all the cities under the Smart Cities Program.
Chennai, Pune, Navi Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Surat, Coimbatore, Indore, Greater Mumbai and Vadodara came just behind Bengaluru in the Million Plus category. Bhubaneshwar, Silvassa, Kakinada, Salem, Vellore, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Davangere, and Tiruchirappalli came after Shimla in the less than a million category.
Municipal Performance Index
Indore emerged as the highest ranked municipality under the Municipal Performance Index (MPI) 2020 in the Million+ category. New Delhi Municipal Council emerged was top in the Less than Million category. The Municipal Performance Index examined the sectoral performance of 111 municipalities. Surat and Bhopal came next to Indore under the MPI 2020. In the Less than Million category, Tirupati and Gandhinagar followed New Delhi Municipal Council.
Ease of Living
The Ease of Living Index (EoLI) evaluates the quality of life and impact of various initiatives for urban development. It provides a comprehensive understanding of participating cities based on quality of life, 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) 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. Both the indices look at the performance of cities on various parameters of urban living.
The Ease of Living Index encapsulates the outcome indicators while the Municipal Performance Index captures the enabling input parameters. The indices help the governments to identify gaps and tap the potential opportunities. It also increase efficiency in local governance to improve lives of citizens and fulfill broader development outcomes.
Access the rankings under both the indices here