Chandigarh Ranks Last Among 21 Cities in Urban Governance Survey

In the survey to evaluate the urban governance quality in 21 cities of the country, Chandigarh has ranked last in the list. This has been done for the year 2017. The survey result has come out as a shock for all the people of the City Beautiful as Chandigarh is one of the most well-planned cities of India abiding by all the rules and regulations laid by the administration. Chandigarh was listed lowest in the previous year’s survey as well.

Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy conducted the fourth edition of the Annual Survey of India’s City system (ASICS) 2016. They also released the survey results:

  • Thiruvananthapuram ranked first with 4.4 points.
  • Pune has been ranked second with 4.2 points.
  • Chandigarh has been ranked the lowest with average 2.1 points.

All the 21 cities were ranked on law and order, rules and regulations, institutions and institutional frameworks and policies adopted by the city administration to render quality life to its citizens.

How was Chandigarh ranked in Urban Governance Survey

The survey was based on Janaagraha City-Systems Framework and evaluated all 21 cities across 18 Indian states on the detailed 83 parameters. The survey comprised of questions like:

  • How successfully has the city implemented its spatial development plan?
  • Does the city have effective mechanisms for discouraging plan violations?
  • How does the city encourage participatory planning?
  • Is the city truly democratic?
  • How efficiently the complaints of the citizens are dealt in the city?

Apart from this, the city has scored points for urban planning and design (UPD),  urban capacities and resources, empowered and legitimate political representation (ELPR), transparency, accountability, and participation (TAP).

As published in livemint, Srikanth Viswanathan, CEO, Janaagraha said, that in the past four years, there has been no substantive change in the cities across India, which is worrisome. If soon nothing was done, the quality of life of people will not change. The survey is the real picture of health diagnostic for cities that can help its administrators to deal with it on time.

Whatever the results may be, we guess Chandigarh deserves a much better position.


Yamini S. Verma

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