The ‘Ease of Living Index’ declared the list in which Pune of Maharastra secured the First position and grabbed the title of ‘most livable state’ whereas Delhi, which was presumed as the charm of India slipped and settled at 65th position.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affair initiated this step which ranks on the basis of economic factors and physical infrastructure, institutions and governance and social infrastructure (education/health). The purpose behind this was to encourage cities for ‘outcome-based’ approach to urban planning and management. The ranks predict the livability of the state on the basis of the set benchmark.

The Ministry had evaluated the cities on a 100-point scale across 78 indicators which included 25 points each for institutional and social pillars, 45 points for the physical pillar and 5 points were allotted for the economic pillar.

The Sustainable Development Goals will be easily diagnosed through this Index. The Ease of Living assessment standards include the steps for systematic tracking progress of SDGs in the urban areas.

In the rank list released under ‘Ease of Living Index’, Pune, Navi Mumbai, and Greater Mumbai occupied the top three place out of 111 cities.

No city of Uttar Pradesh or Tamil Nadu were spotted in top ten while Delhi just hopped on 65th place.

Navi Mumbai, Tirupati, and Karim Nagar secured the position in top three for governance; Chandigarh, Ajmer, and Kota were listed in top three in the economic factors category; Tirupati, Tiruchirappalli, and Navi Mumbai were placed for social infrastructure category and in physical infrastructure Greater Mumbai, Pune, and Thane occupied the place.

Karim Nagar (Telangana) secured 11th position, followed by Tiruchirappalli, Bilaspur, Chennai, Jabalpur, Amravati, Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Surat, Vasai-Virar city, Nashik, Solapur, Ahmedabad, Ujjain, Coimbatore, Erode, Hyderabad, Madurai, Tiruppur, Jaipur, Nagpur and Gwalior among others in the most livable cities.

Meerut was at 101st, Srinagar had been placed at 100th while Jammu at 95th. Gurugram secured  88th and Aligarh at 86th, Rai Bareli at 49th whereas Ghaziabad at 46th. Rampur had been placed at lowest.

Rampur ended the list and those which are part of bottom-ten are Kohima, Patna, Bihar, Sharif, Bhagalpur, Itanagar, Pasighat, Kavaratti, Saharanpur, and Silvassa.