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Agartala emerges 1st in Ease of Living Index among NE cities

Agartala: Agartala has become first among the Northeastern cities and 11th in India in the Ease of Living index – 2020 of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs featured in less than one million population category.

The Chief Executive Officer of Agartala Smart City Dr Sailesh Kumar Yadav today said as many as 62 Indian cities were brought under ease of living assessment where Agartala scored 55.20 on 100 point scale while Shimla is ranked first in this category in the country with a score of 60.90.

However, the score of Agartala is highest in Northeastern cities and Shillong rank 35th, Kohima rank 49th, Imphal rank 50th, Itanagar rank 53rd and Aizwal rank 57th in the category of less than one million population. Guwahati featured in the category of Million plus cities and ranked 46 out of 49 cities have participated.

Dr Yadav said that the brilliant performance of Agartala has been recorded in the index wherein sustainability pillar score rank list Agartala featured 6th position. In city resilience, Agartala is one of the top 30 performers. In citizen perception score Agartala is ranked 7th and in the perception survey, Agartala is in 5th position.

The ease of living index is an assessment tool that evaluates the quality of life of the citizens of the city. It reflects the impacts of the various urban development initiatives taken by the Government. The cities were evaluated based on the quality of life, economic ability, sustainability and resilience. This index judged the well-being of the citizens of the participating cities.

There were various parameters based on which the judgment is made. The parameters had four pillars – Quality of Life, Economic Ability, Sustainability and Citizens perception survey. It highlighted a comprehensive picture of the cities, which participated in this competition. There were 13 categories and 49 indicators, which include health, education, housing, safety and security, green spaces, environment, city resilience and energy.

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