According to a 23-city survey conducted by an NGO, Pune is the best city, and Bengaluru the worst, in terms of quality of urban governance. The survey was conducted by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, a Bengaluru-based non-profit organisation. The survey is designed to help city leaders pinpoint issues in urban governance in their cities and help them plan out methods to reform roadmap to make their cities more liveable.
Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy released the 5th edition of its Annual Survey of India’s City-systems (ASICS) report which shows Pune as having scored 5.1 on a scale of 10, followed by Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhubaneswar and Surat. Last year, Thiruvananthapuram topped the list, followed by Pune and Kolkata. Delhi moved three spots up to the sixth place this year, against ninth in the 2016 survey. Mumbai’s ranking fell from sixth in 2016 to ninth in 2017. Bengaluru (scoring the least, at 3 out of 10), Chandigarh, Dehradun, Patna and Chennai constituted the bottom five cities with scores ranging between 3 and 3.3 out of 10.
The key finding of the survey is that India’s cities are improving at a snail’s pace, scoring between 3 and 5.1 out of 10 in the City-Systems framework. Global benchmark cities like London and New York score 8.8 on the same framework of evaluation, while Johannesburg, a city in a similarly placed developing country, scored 7.6.