SRINAGAR: Srinagar has been ranked as one of the most underprivileged cities in India, with no adequate facilities of water supply, solid waste management, parks, green spaces, cultural offerings, career opportunities, and economic dynamism, as per the latest report of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India.
In a first of its kind report since India’s Independence, Srinagar has achieved the 100th rank among 111 cities, lagging behind even Jammu city by five ranks. The cities were surveyed for the above indicators that were grouped into four categories: institutional (governance), social (health, education, security), economic, and infrastructure.
Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary MoHUA, in the report said that the ‘Ease of Living’ index was a test to assess the progress made in urban environments. The purpose of the report is to use the information to empower cities to plan, implement and monitor their performance.
The GoI has studied implementation of 15 urban development programmes including the Atal Innovation Mission for promotion of a “culture of innovation”, AMRUT for improving basic amenities like water supply and sewerage, and Digital India for improving internet connectivity in cities.
As per the report, Srinagar has performed poorly in all of them, scoring 28.19 points against the average of 37.23 at all-India level. As compared to Jammu city, Srinagar has performed better in economy and institutional categories, while Jammu is ahead in social and infrastructure categories.
In the institutional (governance) category, Srinagar city earned only 14.16 points, against the average of 36.59 at all-India level. The city earned 32.44 points against 43.68 at all-India level in social category, and 33.8 points against 43.44 points at all-India level in economy category.
Pune, Navi Mumbai, and Greater Mumbai were ranked first, second and third, while Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, Kohima and Patna were lowest at 111, 110 and 109, respectively. Among the 111 cities, the ministry had studied smart cities missions, capital cities, and cities with a population of over 1 million. The Index has covered 134 million people in total.