Many celebrate Bengaluru’s top position, say it’s vibrant, good for migrants | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Bengaluru’s top-ranking in the Ease of Living Index 2020 announced by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) has evoked mixed reactions from Bengalureans.
While many are elated by the top slot, others wonder how could the city plagued by all sorts of civic problems be adjudged the best place to live in the country.
In fact, the TOI website and other social media boards witnessed views and counter-views on the four parameters – quality of life, economic ability, sustainability and citizen participation – which were used to compile the Ease of Living Index.

Chief minister BS Yediyurappa took the lead in celebrating Bengaluru’s ranking by stating: “The Bengaluru model of development of citizen-centric initiatives and delivery of services have ensured the top ranking. Bengaluru is the most livable city in the country.”
However, his statement did not enthuse many and they started listing the many problems of Bengaluru ranging from pathetic road infrastructure, broken and encroached pavements, inconsistent water supply, lack of streetlights, frequent traffic jams, corrupt cops, garbage menace and frequent power cuts among others.
“If Bengaluru is the best city with all these issues, imagine the plight of other Indian cities,” some Bengalureans pointed out. In fact, several citizens that TOI spoke to after the rankings esults were announced expressed their disbelief.
“Was the survey conducted during the lockdown when there were no traffic jams and dust on the roads?” asked a Malleswaram resident while taking a dig at authorities for not having repaired the roads that have been dug up. While some called the ranking as a ‘cruel joke on Bengalureans’, others pointed out that civic infrastructure and transport facilities have been pathetic even in the tech corridors of Mahadevapura-Marathahalli-Whitefield.
However, many countered those complaining about Bengaluru. Avinash Ramanna wrote on TOI’s online platform: “I see a lot of Bengalureans commenting “Oh! How is that possible?” Come out of Bengaluru and stay in other cities and you will see the difference. There are things beyond traffic jam that make your life miserable at a different scale in other cities. Some cities don’t even have proper restaurants in the heart of the city. Bengaluru has so many options when it comes to food, play and fun. There is no vibrant city as Bengaluru.”
Joining him, another resident said: “Bengaluru is the best city for migrants. It is the only city where at least five out of 10 major languages are spoken widely. No other city comes close to Bengaluru in this aspect.”

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