City of Destiny, Visakhapatnam figured in the 15th in the list of Ease of Living Index 2020 which was released by Minister of State (Independent Charge), Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday. The Minister announced the final rankings of Ease of Living Index (EoLI) 2020 and the Municipal Performance Index (MPI) 2020 on Thursday in an online event. Visakhapatnam came 9th in the list of the MPI 2020 for cities with populations over a million.
The rankings under Ease of Living Index 2020 were announced for cities with a population of more than a million, and cities with less than a million people.
Around 111 cities participated in the assessment exercise that was conducted in 2020, categorised under Million+ populated cities (those with a population of more than a million) and Less than Million populated cities (those with a population of less than a million) along with all the cities under the Smart Cities Program.
The MPI was launched as an accompaniment to the Ease of Living Index. It seeks to examine local government practice in municipalities across areas of services, finance, policy, technology, and governance. It seeks to simplify and evaluate the complexities in local governance practice and promote the ethos of transparency and accountability.It may be noted that Visakhapatnam, with an overall score of 52.77, broke into the top 10 cities in terms of Municipal Performance. Under Municipal Performance, the city fared well in terms of Finance, Planning, and Services. Technology and Governance though hinted at the scope for improvement.
If you take a look at the way Visakhapatnam has developed in different categories:
Under the Ease of Living Index Overall Rank - 15
- 2nd place in Sustainability category with 65.18 marks
- Ranked 18th in Economic Ability with 19.42 marks
- Ranked 23rd with 77.20 marks in Citizen Perception
- Ranked 25th in the Standards of Living category with 51.93 marks
Municipal Performance Index Overall Rank -9
- 1st place in the Planning section with 71.81 marks
- 8th place in the service category with 63.35 marks
- 11th in the Economic Status category with 59.87 marks
- 12th place in technology usage with 34.64 marks
- Under clearing Grievances 49th in the category with 29.13 marks
Other Rankings For Andhra Pradesh
Under the EOL Index for the above one Million population- Vijayawada ranked 41. In the MPI 2020 Vijayawada came 27th in the list. The Temple town of Tirupati ranked 46 in the EOL Index list and ranked second in the MPI 2020 list for population below one million, while Kakinada came 11th in the list.