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Now know the ‘livability’ of your favourite Indian city

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You may soon get to know the ‘livability’ of your favourite Indian city with the Centre all set to launch the first ever ‘Livability Index’ next month.

Under the initiative, 240 cities, including 100 Smart Cities and 53 other cities with a population of one million and above, will be assessed on 15 core parameters like governance, social infrastructure, education, health and safety and security.

The ‘Livability Index’ will also take into account physical infrastructure like housing, open spaces, land use, energy and water availability, solid waste management and pollution, among others.

“The index aims to promote a healthy competition among cities and towns in the country to focus their attention on improving governance and infrastructure availability,” Urban Development Ministry Secretary Rajiv Gauba was quoted as saying in a release here.

He was addressing a workshop organised by the World Bank here on improving accountability of local governments.

The Urban Development Ministry has already invited bids for selecting an agency for carrying out the assessment based on the parameters evolved by the government.

Government officials and experts from India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are participating in the workshop.

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