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Dharamshala better place to live than Shimla

The abode of Tibetan spiritual leader, Dharamshala is ranked 56th in the “Ease of Living Index” list of which released by Union ministry of housing affairs last week.

punjab Updated: Aug 20, 2018 10:15 IST
Naresh Kumar
Naresh Kumar
Hindustan Times, Dharamshala
Dharamshala,Shimla,Ease of Living Index
Dharamshala was established by British in 1848 and is one of the oldest municipalities in the country. (HT File )

Nestled in foothills of mighty Dhauladhar mountains and amid sprawling tea gardens, ‘Divine Dharamshala’, as the small hill-town is christened, is a better place to live than the state’s capital Shimla.

The abode of Tibetan spiritual leader, Dharamshala is ranked 56th in the “Ease of Living Index” list of which released by Union ministry of housing affairs last week.

Shimla sits at 92nd place

Among 111 cities. Shimla and Dharmashala were only cities of Himachal Pradesh considered for the survey.

The index is based on a comprehensive report which assesses the quality of life in cities on the four broad parameters.

A total of 78 indicators — 56 core and 22 supporting ones — are covered under the index. These have been grouped under 15 thematic categories, which in turn are part of the four pillars of urban development, namely institutional, social, economic and physical.

The physical pillar was given the highest weightage at 45, while institutional and social carried 25 points each. Remaining points on the scale of 100 belonged to the economy pillar.

Tagged a ‘Smart City’ in 2016, Dharmshala beat Shimla in all the four broad parameters by scoring overall 34.57 points against the latter’s 27.32.

Of 15 categories, Dharamshala, dubbed as winter capital of Himachal, scored better in nine categories including, governance, education, health, economy and employment, public open spaces, mixed land use and compactness, transportation and mobility, assured water supply, waste water management and reduced pollution.

Shimla has better score in six categories. However, in two categories, public open spaces and mixed land use and compactness, state capital has got zero points.

Dharamshala was established by British in 1848 and is one of the oldest municipalities in the country.

The town houses the second complex of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, and was upgraded from a municipal council to corporation in 2017.

Former urban development minister and Congress leader Sudhir Sharma, who was instrumental in getting the town the Smart City tag and municipal corporation status, said open spaces, easy mobility and perennial water streams made it a better place than Shimla.

He credited the previous Congress government for the feat Dharamshala town has achieved.

Parameters on which Dharamshala scored over Shimla

  • Governance
  • Education
  • Health
  • Economy and employment
  • Assured water supply
  • Waste Water Management
  • Reduced Pollution
  • Public open Spaces

First Published: Aug 20, 2018 10:15 IST