The capital cities of poll-bound Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have found place in the top 10. Rampur in Uttar Pradesh is at the bottom of the list.
This is the first-ever exercise undertaken by the government to rank cities on their “ease of living” parameters. Though initially there was plan to cover 116 cities, both 100 smart cities and those with more than one million population, four cities – Howrah, New Town Kolkata and Durgapur – did not participate. Moreover, Naya Raipur and Amaravati did not fit into the parameters as these are Greenfield cities.
The ease of living framework covered four areas – institutional, social, economic and physical, which were broken down into 15 categories and 78 indicators. Evaluation of cities was done on a 100-point scale across 78 indicators. While institutional and social parameters carried 25 points each, a maximum of 45 points were allocated for the physical parameters and the rest five for economic parameters.