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Ease of living index: At 69th position, PCMC residents feel city has better infrastructure than Pune, which is No 1 in the country

 As Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad fall under the same category of one to four million population, the parameters of the survey carried out by the central government are same. 

pune Updated: Aug 16, 2018 15:26 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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An aerial view of PCMC on Tuesday, August 14.(HT PHOTO)

While Pune has topped the national Ease of living index, neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad bagged the 69th spot in the list of the most liveable cities in the country. Residents, however, say that the ranking does not justify the ground situation of the industrial township.

Pimpri-Chinchwad got an average score of 32.20 score while Pune scored an impressive 58.11.As Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad fall under the same category of one to four million population, the parameters of the survey carried out by the central government are same.

The Ministry of housing and urban affairs on Monday released the Ease of living index which ranks 111 cities. Government of India launched the ‘Ease of Living’ Index in January 2018 to help cities systematically assess themselves against global and national benchmarks and encourage them to shift towards an ‘outcome-based’ approach to urban planning and management.

The score that a city receives is based on its performance on each indicator under that pillar, and the level of importance i.e., the weight assigned to each pillar and indicator. The pillar weights are Institutional with 25 points, Social with 25 points, Economy and Employment with 5 points, and Physical with 45 points.

However, citizen activists and resident forums have alleged that Pimpri-Chinchwad was not given equal importance in the survey considering the value Pune has as a city on the national level.

Raju Salve, a prominent citizen activist, who has been vocal about civic issues in the Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporation (PCMC) area, said, “We might have been placed at the 69th position in the national survey, however, the infrastructure we have are way better than many other cities in the survey including Pune.”

According to Salve, basic problems like traffic congestion, solid waste management are managed in better way in PCMC as compared to Pune.

Sudesh Raje, president of Pimpri-Chinchwad cooperative housing association, said, “Such reports are amusing and should not be taken seriously as the citizens are aware of the ground reality. Not only is Pimpri-Chinchwad better in infrastructure, but it is also better in almost all areas of governance.”

He added, “Pune has now become a city of national importance. Consequently, it is will receive larger importance in surveys like these. However, the ground reality is different.”

If PCMC was given equal importance in the survey as that of Pune, the results would have been different, said Raje.

Welcoming the report by the government of India, Sachin Chinchawde, deputy mayor of PCMC, said, “Rather than questioning the report released by the Centre, we should work towards improving our rank in the list. We are better in many parameters in comparison to the other cities. However, there are areas which need serious consideration. I am sure the people of PCMC are happy with the work that is being done in the township and we are confident of coming in the top 20 next year.”

First Published: Aug 16, 2018 15:03 IST