Pune has better governance than Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata

Leslie Hanson
March 16, 2018

Pune has unseated Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram as the best governed city in the Annual Survey of India's City-System (ASICS) undertaken for 2017 by non-profit organisation Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (JCCD). Pune was ranked the best of 23 major Indian cities in terms of quality of urban governance, while Bengaluru came last in the 2017 rankings.

Pune has emerged as the top city to show improvement in quality of governance, according to a survey released on Wednesday. "Johannesburg, a city from a developing country, scores 7.6", it said.

He also announced that by the end of March, all 500 AMRUT cities will move their building approval process online, a reform which began in Mumbai and Delhi as part of an effort to improve the country's score in the World Bank's ease of business rankings. Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram occupied the second and third positions respectively. With points between 3.0 to 3.3 Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Patna, Dehradun and Chennai were at the bottom of the list for best governance. They score between 3.0 and 5.1, while London and NY score 8.8.

Deputy Head (Advocacy and Reforms) at Janaagraha, Anil Nair said the preparedness of cities to deliver high quality infrastructure and services in the long-run by evaluating several factors have been studied. "This indicates slow progress on fixing city-systems which is worrisome given the pace at which India is urbanising and the already poor state of public service delivery in our cities", it added.

"We are slow in responding to challenges".

The scores signal that Indian cities are "grossly under-prepared" in delivering a high quality of life that is sustainable in the long term, said the report.

Questions were asked mainly under four categories: urban planning & design, urban capacities and resources, transparency, accountability and participation, empowerment and legitimate political representation.

The study suggests remedial measures such as focusing on city planning, finances and human resource management, transparency and a greater role of citizens in urban bodies.

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