Among Indian cities with a population of more than 1 lakh, with 7th position among 111 cities in country, Raipur is among the best cities on Ease of Living Index Parametres 2022 in Central India.
Pune, topped the list followed by Navi Mumbai, Greater Mumbai, Tirupati, Chandigarh and Thane. The Capital of Chhattisgarh has surpassed Indore, Bhopal and Nagpur, major cities of Central India to secure the place. Another city of Chhattisgarh, Bilaspur scored third position at city population typology wise in the category of those cities whose population are in the range of 1 to 5 lakh.
“Raipur emerged as the seventh best performer in the category and in physical category, Raipur stood at 5th position among 111 cities which are located in different states and union territories. Here Bilaspur stood at ninth position amongst all participating cities of the nation” said the living index statement.
The rankings under Ease of Living Index 2022 were announced for cities with a population of over a million, cities with a population of 0.5 million to 1 million and cities whose population are in range of 0.1 to 0.5 lakhs. The assessment exercise was conducted last year. As many as 111 cities participated in the exercise.
The Ease of Living Index [EoLI] is an assessment tool that evaluates the quality of life and the impact of various initiatives for urban development. It provides a comprehensive understanding of participating cities across India based on the quality of life, economic-ability of a city, and its sustainability and resilience. The assessment also incorporates the residents’ view on the services provided by city administration through a Citizen Perception Survey. Dr Anjana Darbari, Sociologist and resident of Raipur said that it is true that over the last two decades, Raipur has witnessed a tremendous growth in education, health and service sector. But at the same time, it cannot be ignored, over half of the city is facing basic problems like encroachment over roads, unhygienic condition in many areas and no proper planning in establishment of many private colonies, she pointed.