As per ‘The Liveability Index 2010’, Delhi offers the best quality of life, followed by Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata. ‘The Liveability Index 2010’ is a report based on a rigourous study conducted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Institute for Competitiveness, India (IFC).

The index was released on Monday by M Ramachandran, Secretary – Urban Development, Ministry of Urban Development, at the International Conference on Competitive Cities.

The other major cities - Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune - ranked from second to eighth respectively in the overall quality of life ratings.

The study is a methodical index of quality of living conditions in Indian cities. The report is brought out after a comprehensive study on 37 cities that have been ranked on demographics, education, health and medical standards, safety, housing, socio-cultural political environment, economic environment and natural build and planned environment basis.

According to the report, Delhi is the safest city, followed by Bhopal and Bangalore.

Delhi also tops the list in the domains of education and economic environment followed by Mumbai and Bangalore. On the education front, the poorest performers are Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Jaipur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Patna and Vadodara.

Mumbai gains the top rank in socio-political environment, followed by Delhi, Kolkata, Goa and Chennai. Mumbai also leads in city planning followed by Chennai and Delhi.

Health and medical standards are the most notable for Kozhikode, Trivandrum and Kochi. Mumbai is ranked 12{+t}{+h}, while Delhi is 17th and Bangalore 18th. The domain is an issue of concern for Lucknow, Noida, Patna, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mumbai and Pune.

Comparing house cost and availability, urban household crowding and household incomes, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Gurgaon and Noida provide the best housing options. Faring poorly in this parameter are Vishakhapatnam, Nagpur, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Kochi, Nashik and Vadodara.

Cities have to strongly emerge as engines of development for the economy. India has a total urban population of 285 million and 35 metropolitan cities and metropolises. Therefore, with such huge numbers, the issue of urban development in the country demands a proactive addressing of challenges and integrating the opportunities in the national polity agenda with a priority approach.

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