Bengaluru ranks 31 on municipal index, Hubballi-Dharwad 21 | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Bengaluru occupies the 31st spot on the Municipal Performance Index (MPI) among 49 cities with over one million population assessed by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs. The ranking struck a jarring note amid celebrations over Bengaluru being adjudged the best city to live in under the Ease of Living (EoLI).
This is the first time that MPI assessment has been undertaken by the ministry. The two indices, it believes, represent an attempt to gauge the performance of cities across India on various parameters of urban living. Ease of Living Index encapsulates outcome indicators, while MPI captures enabling input parameters, according to the ministry.

The five verticals under MPI include services, finance, policy, technology and governance. Twenty sectors — including education, health, water & wastewater, SWM & sanitation, registration & permits, infrastructure, revenue management, expenditure management, fiscal responsibility, fiscal decentralisation, digital governance — were looked into to evaluate municipal performance.
Indore topped the list, followed by Surat, Bhopal, Pimpri Chinchwad and Pune among others. In Karnataka, Hubballi-Dharwad has secured the 21st rank, the best performance by a state city.
BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad admitted the poor ranking calls for introspection and amendments. With increasing population, demands are more and Bengaluru is still not prepared to address them, he added. “We are a huge city with over a 1.3 crore population but don’t have adequate budget for development which is needed. This is affecting us,” Prasad added.
“When we had a council, it would not be easy to pass any order to seek any approval, which would delay developmental work. But the pandemic helped us take quick decisions related to development,” Prasad told TOI. “We will secure a better rank and top the list next year,” he added.

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