Hardeep Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs inaugurated a National Orientation Workshop on Assessment of Liveability Indices for 116 Cities in India organized in Delhi yesterday. The purpose of the Workshop was to make the States and Cities understand the complete process for assessment of liveability indices by the selected agency and deliberate on various issues and get feedback on the proposed methodology.
During the course of the Workshop, Trisha Suresh, Senior Consultant at the Economist Intelligence Unit presented EIU’s experience in undertaking liveability rankings globally and specifically outline how this has been leveraged by cities for planning and management. Deepa Karthykeyan, Director, Athena Infonomics presented the approach for the liveability assessment of the 116 Indian cities. She explained the key categories of the indicators, the associated weightages and the formula for calculating the rankings (Ex: relative vs absolute benchmarks, city categories based on population, core vs supporting indicators etc.).
The Session on Liveability Indicators, Data Sources and Collection Strategies focused on delving into every one of the 79 metrics, helping acquaint the city with the definition of the metrics and provide information on potential data sources. Immediate feedback will be sought on each metric through an audience response system on the availability of data to support the metric and on the city’s level of comfort in terms of definitional clarity. The presentation focussed on the role that citizen perception and primary surveys is likely to play in informing the index calculation and the audit protocols associated with every data input provided by the city.