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Pune residents question Centre’s ease of living index report

Government of India released 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.

pune Updated: Sep 03, 2018 16:18 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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(From left) Vivek Velankar, Jugal Rathi and SCN Jatar at the Sajag Nagrik Manch meeting on Sunday. (Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

While Pune has secured the title of being the most liveable city in the country, residents have questioned the survey on which the report was made. Residents have highlighted a number of issues to prove that Pune is certainly “not the most liveable city” in the country.

Government of India released 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 a 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).

Pune has bagged the first spot with an average score of 58.11 points among other 111 cities which were included in the survey.

However, RTI activist Vivek Velankar has questioned the report stating it to be incorrect as Pune has many problems that have been mismanaged. He also said that there are various schemes which are mired in corruption.

Speaking at a programme organised by the city-based NGO Sajak Nagarik Manch, Velankar, said, “While on one hand, river pollution and air pollution in the city is at an all-time high, Pune has scored good in these areas, thus being titled as the most liveable city in the country. I am not sure about the methodology used for the survey, as even after the level deterioration in across the sectors is at peak, Pune has secured the first spot.”

Such reports explicitly states two things that either other cities in the list are worse than Pune or we are the best of the worst, said Velankar.

Maj Gen SCN Jatar (retd), said, “Corruption in the civic body is at the pinnacle. Rigging of tenders has become customary in the PMC. Considering such facts, I am amused that Pune has bagged the first spot as the most liveable city.”

It is even more surprising that Pune has secured good points in its solid waste management system, while the truth is that it is in a very bad shape, said Jatar.

Jugal Rathi, founder of PMP Pravasi Manch, highlighted the poor conditions of the civic bus provider Pune mahanagar parivahan mahamandal limited (PMPML) highlighting the increasing number of breakdown of buses in the city along with poor management of the entire system.

First Published: Sep 03, 2018 16:05 IST