Housing Ministry to conduct annual survey of liveability standards in cities
The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has planned to conduct an ‘Annual Assessment of Liveability Standards in Cities’, with the aim of systematically improving the quality of life of people. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs, on Tuesday said, “the Ministry has planned to conduct an ‘Annual Assessment of Liveability Standards in Cities’ that will involve yearly survey and compilation of a large number of datasets across the various indicators, analysis of such datasets, development of indexes and ranking of cities.”
He added, the implementation of this framework will help cities to understand their baseline and pursue tangible outcomes over time.Puri, who was speaking at the inaugural ceremony on National Orientation Workshop on Assessment of Liveability Indices for 116 cities in India, said, “The purpose of this workshop is 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.”
In June 2017, the Ministry has developed a set of liveability standards in cities with an objective of developing these standards to generate a liveability index and rate cities against these standards to facilitate a competitive environment amongst them.