Ahmedabad/Rajkot: The state capital Gandhinagar topped the nationwide ranking for best open spaces – a sub category — in the country’s first ever ‘Ease of Living Index’(EoLI) survey conducted by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA). EoLI assesses a city’s ‘liveability’ with regard to global and national benchmarks and encourages them towards better urban planning and management.
Unfortunately, none of the six Gujarat cities — Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Dahod and Gandhinagar — could figure in the overall top 10 liveable cities of the country. In fact, of the 111 cities assessed, Surat ranks at 19, followed by Ahmedabad at 23, Vadodara at 36, Rajkot at 38, Gandhinagar ranking 39 and Dahod lingering at the 79th spot.

The cities have been assessed under broad parameters of institutional, social infrastructure, economic and physical infrastructure, which were further broken down into 15 categories and 78 indicators.

Among the six Gujarat cities, Surat leads the pack with best governance, preserving culture, best mixed-land use, inclusiveness in housing, solid waste management and reduced pollution levels.

Rajkot, quite interestingly, has been ranked for the best ‘assured water supply’ as well for providing jobs and having a stable economy when compared to other Gujarat cities. When it comes to safety Gandhinagar, followed by Dahod, were better than Ahmedabad city.

When it came to the issue of better healthcare, Gandhinagar and Dahod were the best while Ahmedabad was found to have the least healthcare opportunities.

The purpose of the EoLI is to urge governments to invest in cities in sectors that require improvement. The aim is to accentuate quality of life as well as track sustainable development goals (SDG) and help citizens and urban decision-makers identify strengths and areas demanding improvement.

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