Best in terms of social/cultural values and entertainment facilities, and scoring low on most other parameters, Kolkata, the capital of State of West Bengal, managed an average overall score of 2.50 and was placed on the last rung in the list of best eight cities to live in India.
Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
- Bottom-placed Kolkata showed up as a laggard on most counts, which came as no surprise since the city has been on a downslide for quite some time.
- Mumbai rates expectedly high at 3.40 for cosmopolitanism on a scale of 1.00 to 5.00 with people of every state and linguistic community finding space in the vast workforce whose diversity would excel that of most other cities in India. Bangalore rates an average of 3.30 with New Delhi following at 3.00. But surprisingly, Kolkata topped the list with a score of 3.50 and considered the most cosmopolitan Indian city.
- Though none of the eight megacities were seen as having much civic sense, with the topper Hyderabad getting a rating of 2.50, Kolkata ranked the worst with a score of 1.80.
- In social infrastructure category, almost all cities have performed relatively well on all six parameters – schools, colleges, housing, jobs, work culture and hospitals, with Kolkata alone scoring below 3:00.