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“Ease of Living Index” rankings were launched by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA). Andhra Pradesh has topped Ease of Living Index rankings under AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation). It was followed by Odisha & MP.

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3 states were awarded best-performing states at National Dissemination Workshop on Ease of Living Index, 2018 held in New Delhi.


  • It is urban transformation scheme w/focus of urban renewal projects to establish infrastructure that could ensure adequate robust sewerage networks & water supply.

  • It aims at ensuring robust sewage networks, water supply & other infrastructure to improve quality of life of people in urban areas.

  • 10 % of budget allocation will be given to states & union territories as incentive based on achievement of reforms during previous year.

Ease of Living Index

  • Index was conceived by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs in June 2017.

  • It aims to help cities assess their live ability vis-a-vis global & national benchmarks & encourage them to move towards ‘outcome-based’ approach to urban planning & management.

  • It was launched to rank 116 cities that are smart city contenders, capital cities & cities w/population of 1 million plus based on live ability parameters.

  • 1st edition of index released in January 2018 had ranked 111 Indian cities & was topped by Pune.

  • It captures quality of life based on data collected from urban local bodies on 4 parameters, which were further broken down into 15 categories.

  • It seeks to help cities undertake 360-degree assessment of their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats.

  • 4 parameters include institutional (governance), social (identity, education, health, security), economic (economy, employment) & physical factors (waste water & solid waste mgmt. , pollution, housing/inclusiveness, mixed land use, power & water supply, transport, public open spaces).

  • Institutional & social parameters carry 25 points each, physical factors have weightage of 45 points & economic factors 5 points totaling to 100 mark scale on which cities were evaluated.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 31, 2018

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