Special Correspondent

KOCHI: Kochi is among the Tier-II cities which have been ranked third in terms of facilities for post-retirement living for CEOs and other officials, according to an analysis carried out by the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Assocham). Chandigarh and Dehradun occupy the top positions in the cities which received the highest ranking.

Mysore and Lucknow occupy the top position among those cities which came in the third ranking.

These cities have been rated as ‘good places to live in for elderly people', and are followed by Madurai, Kochi and Coimbatore.

‘Liveable infrastructure' is available in these cities, according to the analysis.

The analysis was carried out on the basis of parameters such as availability of good civic amenities like power, roads, marketing facilities, health and recreation centres, sewage and water disposal facilities, environment, ecology and overall prevailing law and order situation.

Chandigarh and Dehradun respectively took the lead followed by Pune, Udaipur, Indore, Jabalpur and Ranchi in the top ranked cities.

The cities taken into account for the matter of analysis consisted of Indore, Jabalpur, Chandigarh, Pune, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Surat, Coimbatore, Madurai, Kochi, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Mysore, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Faridabad, Noida, Sonepat and Lucknow.

Chandigarh and Dehradun provide the best of civic amenities and good climatic conditions as also conducive law and order environment. However, Chandigarh turned out to be the best in the analysis, followed by Dehradun.

Pune, Udaipur, Indore, Jabalpur and Ranchi fall in the second rung with Udaipur and Pune securing equal rank followed by Ranchi, Jabalpur and Indore. These cities provide for an environment in which elderly couple can stay in peace.

Tier II cities like Ghaziabad, Meerut, Faridabad, Manesar, Sonepat and even Noida which are near Delhi are no longer preferred for settling down purpose as public perception about them continues to be adverse.