Bengaluru fails to make it to top 50 in Ease of Living Index

Not just the top 10, the IT capital of India does not even figure in top 50 in the first ‘Ease of Living Index–2018’ report, released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban of the Union government on Monday.

Bengaluru has been assigned an overall rank of 58 among 111 cities assessed across the country. Pune, Navi Mumbai, Greater Mumbai, Tirupati, and Chandigarh are in the top five slots. In the top 50 overall ranking, only one city in the State — Mangaluru — has found place; it is ranked 41st.

The ease of living framework comprises four “pillars” — Institutional, Social, Economic, and Physical — which are further broken down into 15 categories and 78 indicators.

The city has scored poorly in various categories, such as health (109th), safety and security (107th), power supply (95th), reducing pollution (91th), housing and inclusiveness (87th), and identity culture (75th).

Mayor Sampath Raj said, “We have no clue why the city got such low ratings. However, we will take this positively and work hard for the betterment of the city. Bengaluru is far ahead in terms of solid waste management and infrastructure when compared with other cities in the country. I do not know what parameters were looked at by the Central government here.”

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Commissioner Manjunath Prasad said he would comment on the ranking after studying the report.

Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Basavangudi, Ravi Subramanya L.A., said: “Expansion of the city has reached a saturation point owing to increased migratory population. There is a need to fix a cap of migration to improve the living condition of the people. Generating employment in rural parts will stop migration to a great extent. The government should focus on improve the living conditions of people by providing housing and health facilities at the affordable rates.”

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Printable version | Oct 28, 2020 7:54:14 AM |

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