MANGALURU: The coastal city of Mangaluru is the most livable and safest in , according to the 2018, released by the ministry of housing and urban affairs on Monday.

Mangaluru topped the state with an overall ranking of 41, leaving Bengaluru in fourth position with a ranking of 58 after Belagavi (52) and Hubballi-Dharwad (57). The ranking pertains to 111 cities, which were ranked on four factors – institutions, social, economic and physical infrastructure development. The Ease of Living Index enables cities to assess their livability vis-a-vis global and national benchmarks, and encourages cities to move towards an ‘outcomebased’ approach to urban planning and management.

Interestingly, Mangaluru, which has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons, starting with moral policing and cattle vigilantism, was ranked 33 in the safety and security category, with Bengaluru placed a distant 7 with a ranking of 107 after Shivamogga (37), Davanagere (50), Tumakuru (64) and Hubballi-Dharwad (67).

In solid waste management, Mangaluru scored 15 against Bengaluru’s 58 and Davanagere at 90. Even in aspects like transportation and mobility and waste water management, Mangaluru did well, retaining the first two positions.

The city also scored high on education, with a rank of 33 as against 55 of Bengaluru. Surprisingly, the health capital of the state, with many hospitals and medical colleges, was ranked 55, at sixth position in the state after Shivamogga (12), Belagavi (35) and Hubballi-Dharwad (48), with Bengaluru ranked a dismal 103. That the coast has a strong identity and culture was backed by its ranking of 38, which placed it in second position after Belagavi (10). In power supply too, the city ranked 31, taking first position in the state.

Where Mangaluru took a beating was in the public open spaces category, slipping to sixth position in the state, and to fifth spot on pollution.

The ranking was carried out based on 78 indicators, grading existing conditions of urban transport, waste water management and solid waste management.

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