Ahmedabad is best city to live in India, with Pune following close second, and while Delhi and Mumbai tie for the third spot, Kolkata finishes at the bottom. But even these best Indian cities are just about ‘average’ on a scale ranging from ‘very poor’ to ‘very good’.
An exclusive opinion poll conducted for The Times of India by leading market research firm IMRB (Indian Market Research Bureau) across metro cities in India on certain “Quality of Life” parameters shows that even the best rated Indian metropolis barely attained an “average” rating for quality of life. The survey findings were published by The Times of India in December 2011.
The TOI-IMRB Quality of Life Survey was conducted across eight biggest urban cities of India – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune – with the population of 5 million or more according to the 2011 census. The strengths and weaknesses of these cities were measured on 30 parameters, which were clubbed together under seven broad categories as follows:
- Social Infrastructure – includes schools, colleges, hospitals, housing, job opportunities, work culture; and given 23% weightage in determining the overall ranking
- Physical & Civic Infrastructure – includes power/electricity, water supply facilities, law & order, local administration; and given 20% weightage in determining the overall ranking
- Environment – includes weather, open spaces in the city, sports/cultural facilities, quality of air; and given combined weightage of close to 21% in overall ranking
- Social & Cultural Values – includes respect for values, cultural heritage of city, cosmopolitanism, women friendliness, city friendliness; and given combined weightage of close to 9% in overall ranking
- Quality of Life / Peace of Mind – includes aspects like relaxed/stressful lifestyle, civic sense, cost of living, domestic help; and given combined weightage of 5% in overall ranking
- Leisure Facilities – includes entertainment facilities, shopping options, eating out facilities, night life; and given combined weightage of close to 17% in overall ranking
- Commuting Ease – includes public transport, traffic situation, parking facilities; and given 5% weightage in overall rating
The Survey respondents, which included both laymen and experts, were above 18 years of age and were asked to rate the cities as per the above-mentioned parameters on a scale of 1.00 to 5.00, where the score of 1.00 represented “very poor” and 5.00 represented “very good”. The poll was restricted to those in the top two socio-economic categories and to those up to 60 years of age.