The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri on August 13, 2018, announced the Top 10 cities rankings on Ease of Living Index 2018. Among the top 116 cities of the country, Kolkata was the only city which refused to participate in the survey. Pune emerged as the top-ranked city in the Ease of Living Index.
1. Maharashtra’s Pune, Mumbai, and Navi Mumbai rounded the top three of Ease of Living Index 2018, while Thane was ranked at the 6th spot.
2. The national capital New Delhi was placed at a 65th spot.
3. The bottom 3 cities on the list are Rampur, Kohima, and Patna.
4. Tamil Nadu’s Chennai was ranked at the 14th place.
The Ease of Living Index is an initiative of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to help cities assess their liveability in relation to global and national benchmarks and encourage cities to move towards an ‘outcome-based’ approach to urban planning and management. Ease of Living framework comprises four pillars namely, Institutional, Social, Economic and Physical which are further broken down into 15 categories and 78 indicators. The survey was planned in June 2017 and was launched in January 2018 by Minister Hardeep Singh Puri with the help of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.