New Delhi and Mumbai came out poorly in a survey of top liveable cities with India’s capital placed at 114 while Mumbai was ranked 120th.
Delhi’s rating was 58.6 per cent and Mumbai’s 56.2 per cent, as against 98 per cent rating of Vancouver, which tops the table.
These figures are per the latest a liveability survey of 140 cities conducted by The Economist. Cities in Australia, New Zealand and Japan are close to the top.
The poorest performing locations were Africa and Asia where civil instability and poor infrastructure present significant challenges, the survey found.
Zimbabwe was ranked last having met just 37.5 per cent of the criteria set by the surveyors, which included stability, quality of healthcare, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.
Jon Copestake, editor of the report, said: “The performance of Asian cities reflects the diverse levels of development throughout the region.”
“Australian cities represent many of the best aspects of liveability while instability in countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh means that cities in South Asia fare much worse,” Copestake added.
Vienna in Austria was ranked second, closely followed by Melbourne. The top 20 included five Australian, three Canadian cities and two German cities.
Manchester was the only UK city to make the top 50, coming in at 46th place and beating London (51).
Cities that scored best tend to be mid-sized with a low population density benefiting from cultural or recreational availability but with lower crime levels or infrastructure problems that can be caused by large populations.