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Survey draws attention towards quality of life and city systems


MAYANK SINGH | New Delhi, April 5, 2013 19:36
Tags : ASICS | Indian cities | Janaagraha NGO | Urban planning |

In a first of its kind survey conducted on 11 Indian cities by NGO Janaagraha, the findings were not much different from what a citizen living in these cities faces every day.

In the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS), Indian cities scored in the range of 0.7 to 4.5 on a scale of 0 to 10, across the four categories. The benchmarks were global cities, London and New York which scored between 8.1 and 9.9 on the same scale.

The survey included 11 cities with sizeable population on the aspects of urban planning and design, urban capacities and resources, empowered and legitimate political representation and transparency and accountability. These factors were considered as the important issues related to the quality of life in a city.

The cities were analyzed critically by a panel of judges that included chairman of Godrej Group Adi Godrej; Member of Parliament Baijayant Panda; former secretary of government of India M Ramachandran; former partner of Mckinsey & Co Ireena Vittal. The function was attended by Infosys founder N Narayana Murthy.

Janaagraha, a non-profit Bangalore-based organisation focused on citizen participation in local government, is hoping to prevent a Malthusian nightmare from unravelling in India

Janaagraha works with a mission of transforming Quality of Life in India’s cities and towns. The experts contended that flaws in the local governance system can only improve with the strengthening of the local bodies.

The ASICS event brought together global domain experts, eminent legislators, senior administrators, business leaders, civil society representatives and academics for result-oriented conversations on the complex problems of India’s cities and towns and potential solutions to these problems. Key-note addresses covered City-Systems in United States, China, Brazil and Singapore followed by conversations with Jury members.

The occasion also witnessed the awards distributed to cities which scored comparatively better on various parameters. The cities included in this edition were Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and Surat.

Delhi ranked first in the category of urban capacities and resources and second in urban planning and design. The quality of life survey ranked Bangalore ninth among 11 cities. Surat was on the top of the list, followed by Pune and Ahmedabad. After Kanpur, Delhi and Jaipur, Bangalore had the highest crime ranking.

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017