According to the latest Ease of Living Index, Indian cities have achieved an average score of 53.51 that ranges from a scale of 0 (worst-case scenario) to 100 (best-case scenario). Scope for improvement is thus imminently evident in improving the ease of living in Indian cities.
It should be noted that some factors such as access to education (70.7), Housing & Shelter (79.5), and Safety and Security (86.7) have visibly alleviated the national average score of 51.38 for the Quality of Life pillar. While national-level policies such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Beti Bachao Abhiyan have increased public awareness on these factors, many of these pillars involve components that are dealt with state governments and local administration. A high score on these categories indicates synergy between national and state policies working on a common goal of improving access to quality education and housing.
The low national average scores on Economic Ability at 13.17 imply the potential that India’s urban centers possess in developing into hubs of economic growth and prosperity, that can provide robust livelihood opportunities and create a thriving cosmopolitan culture in these areas. As the urban population grows in the country, the centers of economic activities have been limited to industrial hubs that have traditionally developed as pivots of finance and services. The urban growth thus lags significantly.
Sustainability observes a high national average at 53.63, as average scores on categories such as City-Resilience (91.59) and Energy Consumption (65.05) have skewed the average to a positive end. National and state level policies promoting the usage of renewable energy such as solar power has contributed to the high scores in Energy Consumption. Increased urban resilience to natural disasters by involving individuals, communities, and institutions at the city-level by local administrations has further improved the scores of the sustainability pillar.