Smart City Bhubaneswar has been ranked fourth best city among the top 10 Livable Capital Cities in the country. Not only that, the Temple City has topped in the Citizen Perception Survey with the highest score of 94.8 out of 100 in the Ease of Living Index Report, 2020 conducted by New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
Four parameters were used to determine the score on the Ease of Living Index: quality of life, economic ability, sustainability and citizens’ perceptions. The cities were given scores on all four parameters out of 100.
Among the top-scoring capital cities under Citizen Perception Survey, the State Capital of Odisha has scored the highest rank with 94.8 percentage.
As per the survey, Bengaluru is the Top-1 Livable Capital City in India followed by Chennai, Shimla and Bhubaneswar under Ease of Living Index. Bhubaneswar has scored 59.85 in Ease of Living Index and in doing so it has put cities like Mumbai and Delhi behind. However, Bengaluru, Chennai and Shimla are above Bhubaneswar with score of 66.7, 62.61 and 60.90 respectively.
The Ease of Living Index Report 2020 of CSE presents itself as an evaluation tool that reflects the ease of living in Indian cities. The report seeks to examine the impact of urban development programs and the quality of life and economic and social opportunities available to the citizens.
It measures the ease of living across three pillars: Quality of Life, Economic Ability, and Sustainability. The index is further strengthened by a fourth pillar, the Citizen Perception Survey, which aims to obtain and incorporate views of the citizens regarding the services provided by their city administration.
BMC Commissioner Sri Sanjay Kumar Singh expressed happiness over the feat secured by the Temple City. In his reaction to the media, Singh said, "We will be doing much more with the participation of the citizens to provide better living standards for all our citizens and also to project city's performances at all the fronts to make its stand more national and global in future days.