The Ease of living index (EoLI) is an initiative by the Indian government. With the help of a survey, people vote online to select which city is the best to live in. A similar survey was held in Feb2020 before the coronavirus pandemic. I too voted for my city just like you did.

Additionally, I published an article here on Surat101 requesting everyone to vote. Here’s the full article – Ease of Living Index (EoLI): Vote for Surat City

Now the results are out and finally, we have the winners. From here on you will read the article which is originally on Yahoo India.

I was browsing my yahoo feed and I read the title Ease of Living Index: Bengaluru is India’s best city to live in, Pune 2nd. Full list.

So let’s not waste time and see which city is the best to live in.

Which Indian City is Best?

Bengaluru has topped the list of 111 cities in the government’sEase of Living Index’ on Thursday. Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Surat, Navi Mumbai, Coimbatore and Vadodara are in respective positions.

Shimla is at the top in the category of cities with a population of less than a million. This was according to the index by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

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New Delhi Municipal Council topped the ‘Municipal Performance Index’ list. The category is ‘less than a million population’.

In the ‘Municipal Performance Index’ list in the million-plus population category, Indore is on the top.

Bengaluru emerged as the top performer in the Million+ category. It was followed by Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Surat. Navi Mumbai & Coimbatore. Other cities like Vadodara, Indore, and Greater Mumbai are on the same list.

In the Less than Million category, Shimla is on the top in the ease of living. Bhubaneshwar, Silvassa, Kakinada, Salem, Vellore, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Davangere, and Tiruchirappalli are winners too.

Similar to the EoLI index, the assessment framework under MPI 2020 has classified municipalities based on their population- Million+ (municipalities having over a million population) and Less than Million Population.

There’s a category Million+. Indore has emerged as the highest-ranked municipality. Surat at 2nd & Bhopal at 3rd position.

New Delhi Municipal Council has emerged as the leader. The category is Less than a Million. Surprisingly Tirupati and Gandhinagar are on 2nd & 3rd place.

The MPI examined the sectoral performance of 111 municipalities. Delhi’s assessment is different due to NDMC and the 3 municipal corporations.

It was across five verticals which comprise 20 sectors and 100 indicators in all totality. The five verticals under MPI are Services, Finance, Policy, Technology and Governance.

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What is the ease of living index & how it works?

The Ease of Living Index (EoLI) is an assessment tool. The tool evaluates the quality of life in the city. Moreover, it also evaluates the impact of various initiatives on urban development.

All in all the EoLI provides a comprehensive understanding of participating cities across India. It is based on the quality of life in the participating city. On top of it also the economic ability of a city, its sustainability and resilience.

Having said that, there’s a citizen perception survey. This survey assesses the residents’ view of the services provided by the city administration. Bingo! Now that’s really something which will keep them on edge.

My thoughts on the results

Let’s not criticise somebody’s hard work. A competitive environment always benefits the user. Here the residents of the Indian cities are the beneficiaries. If the local administration of a city is competing to win then it is ultimately going to benefit its residents.

I think the government must often conduct such kind of survey. This way the local authorities will perform better. Better performance means complying with the terms & conditions of the survey.

Let’s wish Surat City wins the race in future. Good luck with it.


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