The Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, a non-profit organization, on 28 February 2017 released the Annual Survey of India’s City Systems (ASICS) 2016 in New Delhi.
The survey was published by the organization with the theme – Shaping India’s Urban Agenda.
The ASICS 2016 evaluated 21 cities in 18 States across India and objectively assessed their ability to provide citizens a high quality of life.
Highlights of ASICS 2016
• India’s cities scored between 2.1 and 4.4 out of a total of 10. Thiruvananthapuram city retained its number one position in 2016.
• Pune came in at second, up two ranks over 2015 and Kolkata, third, same as 2015.
• The biggest gainer is Bhubaneswar. It was up by eight ranks and stood at the 10th position.
• This was on the back of a slew of reforms such as instituting municipal cadres, tiered spatial planning even at the ward level and a single window clearance process for development projects in conformity with plans.
• Jaipur benefited from the passage of the Rajasthan Urban Land (Certification of Titles) Bill that enabled better urban land utilization.
• As per the ASICS 2016, Chennai lost points as it turned back to the system of having indirect mayoral elections.