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Ahmedabad third-best city in India in Centre’s Ease of Living Index


Bengaluru has emerged as the best city in the country in the Ease of Living Index (EoLI) 2020, which was announced on Thursday. It is followed by Pune and Ahmedabad, whereas Surat comes fifth on the ranking.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) said, “Bengaluru emerged as the top performer in the Million+ category, followed by Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Surat, Navi Mumbai, Coimbatore, Vadodara, Indore, and Greater Mumbai.”

“In the Less than Million category, Shimla was ranked the highest in ease of living, followed by Bhubaneshwar, Silvassa, Kakinada, Salem, Vellore, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Davangere, and Tiruchirappalli.” The announcement was made by housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

The rankings under Ease of Living Index 2020 were announced for cities with a population of more than a million, and cities with less than a million people. The assessment exercise was conducted in 2020. A total of 111 cities participated in the exercise.

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The EoLI is an assessment tool that evaluates the quality of life and the impact of various initiatives for urban development. It provides a comprehensive understanding of participating cities across India based on the quality of life, the economic ability of a city, and its sustainability and resilience.

The assessment also incorporates the residents’ view on the services provided by city administration through a Citizen Perception Survey.

Top 10 rankings

Rank Ease of Living Index
Population Million+ Population Less than Million
City Score City Score
1 Bengaluru 66.70 Shimla 60.90
2 Pune 66.27 Bhubaneshwar 59.85
3 Ahmedabad 64.87 Silvassa 58.43
4 Chennai 62.61 Kakinada 56.84
5 Surat 61.73 Salem 56.40
6 Navi Mumbai 61.60 Vellore 56.38
7 Coimbatore 59.72 Gandhinagar 56.25
8 Vadodara 59.24 Gurugram 56.00
9 Indore 58.58 Davangere 55.25
10 Greater Mumbai 58.23 Tiruchirapalli 55.24


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