How liveable is your city? Recently in a report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit Indian cities, New Delhi and Mumbai have slid down in the Global Liveability Index for 2019.
What is The Global Liveability Index? The concept of liveability assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions. The Economist Intelligence Unit's liveability rating quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual's lifestyle in 140 cities worldwide.
The index ranked cities by five headline criteria - Stability, culture and environment, healthcare, infrastructure, and education.
Among these, stability and culture and environment were the two most important categories, weighted equally at 25% of the total.
Austrian capital Vienna has been ranked at the top spot for the second consecutive year followed by Melbourne which held the top spot for seven years till 2017.
Sydney, Osaka and Calgary are the other cities that made it to the top five in the ranking, while Karachi, Tripoli, Dhaka, and Damascus made it to the bottom of the list.
Now as regard Indian cities, New Delhi slipped down six positions in the ranking and was listed at 118. It was 112 last year. The slippage the report notes is due to the rise ion petty crimes and recording some of the world’s worst air quality levels.
Mumbai too slipped its rank to 119 and the result is due to downgrading of culture.
Culture and environment scores were reduced for many cities in poorer countries that are among the most exposed to the effects of climate change.