MANGALURU: The is the most livable and safest city in the state of Karnataka, according to the released by ministry of housing and urban affairs on Monday.
The Index saw the coastal city of Mangaluru top the state with an overall ranking of 41, leaving Bengaluru in the third position with a ranking of 58 after Belagavi (ranking 52). The ranking pertains to 111 cities on the Ease of Living Index released by the ministry on Monday.
The Cities were ranked on four factors – institutions, social, economic and of the cities. The Ease of Living Index enables cities to assess their livability vis-a-vis global and and encourage cities to move towards an 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 aspect with Bengaluru being placed in a distant seventh position with a ranking of 107 after Shivamogga (37), Davanagere (50), Tumakuru (64) Hubballi-Dharwad (67).
In the category Mangaluru scored 15 as against 58 of Bengaluru and Davanagere was the worst with 90th rank. Even in aspects like Transportation and mobility and Waste Water management Mangaluru has done well with it being in 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, a sixth position in state after Shivamogga (12), Belagavi (35), Hubballi-Dharwad (48), with Bengaluru performing worst with a ranking of 103. That the coast has its strong identity and culture was backed by the ranking which placed it in the second position (38) in the state after Belagavi (10). In power supply too, the city was ranked 31, taking the first position in the state.
Where Mangaluru took a beating was in the public open spaces category with sixth position among the cities in state and also on pollution where it was in the fifth position.
The ranking was carried out based on 78 indicators grading the existing conditions of urban transport, waste water management, and solid waste management. In all indicators, the Coastal city was placed within the first three positions among the seven cities that appeared in the index in Karnataka.
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