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  • 05 March, 2021

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Ease of Living Index 2020

  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs released the final rankings of Ease of Living Index (EoLI) 2020.
  • The Index categorises the cities into,
  • Million+ populated cities (Population of more than a million) - Bengaluru (Top), Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, etc.,
  • Less than Million populated cites (Population of less than a million) - Shimla (Top), Bhubaneshwar, Silvassa, etc.,
  • All the cities under the Smart Cities Program.
  • EoLI is an assessment tool that evaluates the quality of life and the impact of various initiatives for urban development.
  • The framework for this assessment was prepared by MoHUA with the Institute for Competitiveness as the knowledge partner.
  • It measures the Indians’ well-being in 111 cities based on Quality of Life, Economic-ability, and Sustainability - 49 indicators under 13 categories.
  • It incorporates the residents' view on the city administration’s services through a Citizen Perception Survey (CPS) - 30% weightage.
  • It seeks to accelerate India's urban development outcomes, including the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Smart City Mission

  • It is an innovative initiative under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology as a means to create smart outcomes for citizens.
  • Objective: To promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of Smart Solutions.
  • Focus: On sustainable and inclusive development and to look at compact areas, create a replicable model which will act like a lighthouse to other aspiring cities.

Strategy:

  • Pan-city initiative in which at least one Smart Solution is applied city-wide.
  • Develop areas step-by-step with the help of these three models:
    • Retrofitting.
    • Redevelopment.
    • Greenfield.
  • Coverage and Duration: The Mission covers 100 cities for the duration of 5 years starting from the financial year (FY) 2015-16 to 2019-20.
  • Financing: It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.

Source: TH


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