Written by Jayant Upadhyay

Delhi…..Chandigarh……Hyderbad……Pune…..confused. Right. Wait for some time; you will be able to know the livability quotient of Indian cities. In an unprecedented move, Central Government along with state governments is going to implement ‘Livability Standard in Cities’ to help citizens assess the livable conditions in the cities. A livable city will offer smart governance, best health facilities, safety of the citizens and educational institutes.

Implementation of National Level Survey

A survey will be carried out across the country riding on datasets. To implement this task smoothly, Government has tied knot with the Economist Intelligence Unit, Ispos Research and Athena Infonomics. Commenting on the research methodology, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoUHA) minister Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri says, “The assessment of livability indices is the first of its kind being taken up globally, in terms of scale and coverage by developing livability index of 116 cities across 79 indicators, covering approximately 13.4 crore people.”

Now, the cities will have to geared up, set teams and arrange the datasets. No doubt, as it is first time exercise, there will be hindrances in the path of research & analysis. Mr. Deepak Karthykeyan, director of Athena Infonomics says, “Cities can review the formats and revert with feedback and suggestions. They should be ready with primary data and identify nodal people to work with us when we reach their cities.” The last date for submission for the cities is April 10, 2018.

                                                                                       Major Challenge

In most of the municipal area, the in charge of water resources, sewerage, electricity & other key services do not directly report to the municipal commissioner. Here, the challenge would be gathering data from the respective units. The ground officials, nominated for this survey task will have to run around various offices. Again, still the internet penetration level is not so high in rural areas; as a result, some records are not digitized or organized, as it is required.

                                                          What factors impact the livability of a city?

The four pillars along with their of comprehensive development for a city is mentioned below

Institutional (Index) Social (Index) Economic (Index) Physical (Index)
Governance Index Identify and Culture Index Economic Index Housing & Inclusiveness
Education Open Space
Health Mixed Use & Compactness
Safety & Security Energy
Mobility
Water
Waste Water
Solid Waste
Pollution

 

The national level livability index survey is going to benefit the common masses. Citizens will enjoy the benefits.