Economist Intelligence Unit recently released its Global Livability Index 2022, which ranks cities across the world on their ‘livability’ quotient. The Indian cities have rated poorly this year, with Bengaluru ranking at 146th position.
Global Liveability Index 2022
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, released its annual livability index report, which ranks cities across the world on their ‘livability’ quotient or condition of living offered – in a city.
Interestingly, it is Bengaluru, ranked the world’s fastest-growing tech hub in research last year, which was declared to be the least livable among Indian cities by the index.
The Index analyzed living conditions in 173 cities across the world, six of which — New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Ahmedabad — were in India. All five Indian cities were ranked between 140 and 146.
Where do Indian cities stand?
According to the analysis, New Delhi received the top rank of 140, with a livability score of 56.5. This was followed by Mumbai at 141 (score 56.2), Chennai at 142 (score 55.8), Ahmedabad at 143 ( score 55.7), and Bengaluru at 146 (score 54.4). The ideal score is 100.
Interestingly, this is the first time that the index has included Chennai, Bengaluru, and Ahmedabad. Earlier reports only featured Delhi and Mumbai among Indian cities.
The cities are classified on the basis of five broad parameters — stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Stability and culture and environment have the highest weightage — 25 percent each — while healthcare and infrastructure get a weightage of 20 percent each and education has a weightage of 10 percent.
Why Bengaluru perform badly?
Though Bengaluru maintains the pace with the other Indian cities regarding stability, healthcare, culture and environment, and education, the city’s infrastructure lags behind, according to the report.
The city received a score of 46.4 (out of 100) in infrastructure, the lowest among all Indian cities. Delhi scored the highest — 62.5 — followed by Mumbai, with a score of 55.4. Both Chennai and Ahmedabad received a score of 50 each.
Well, this news comes in as a surprise because Bengaluru was ranked the most liveable among 111 cities in the government’s ‘Ease of Living Index’. It was followed by Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, and Surat. Among the 49 cities ranked in the ‘million-plus population’ category, Delhi figures in the 13th spot and Srinagar at the bottom.