Life in Big Indian Cities!

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Image – Satish Krishnamurthy

I was speaking to an old friend who is working in Mumbai. He said there is no life in the big city these days; just a mind-numbing rat race between 9-to-9 with no work-life balance whatsoever. Another friend from Delhi echoed similar feelings. “Every day it’s an uphill struggle just to get to office and return home. Weekends are lost in just lying around and recuperating from the pain. Even if you go out for shopping or cinema during weekends, the crowd everywhere just squeezes out all the fun!”

Life in big cities
Image via Flickr by Padmanaba

These words made me think… Is there any life left in big cities? Can we rate Indian cities based on standards of living and quality of life? Studying the latest data from the Census of India, 2011, I found an interesting way to find cities with better living standards. I filtered out cities with more than 3 million people and ranked them on literacy rate, gender ratio and population density. Accordingly, Nagpur, Pune and Chennai led the ranking, followed by Bengaluru, Lucknow, Ahmedabad. Surprisingly, Surat the top ranked city ‘Quality of Life’ surveys, shares the bottom rank with Kanpur due to its poor male-female ratio of 1000-758, which is one the lowest among all cities in India!

 Ranking based on Human Development Indices
CityPopulationSex RatioLiteracy RatePopulation DensityRate
Nagpur 2,405,421961 93.1310,5501
Pune 3,115,431946 91.6111,2052
Chennai 4,681,087986 90.3325,5013
Bengaluru 8,425,970914 89.596,6424
Lucknow 2,815,601915 84.724,2185
Ahmedabad 5,570,585897 89.6222,4736
Mumbai 12,478,447852 90.2822,9377
Hyderabad 6,809,970945 82.9618,4808
Kolkata 4,486,679899 87.1427,7749
Delhi 11,007,835875 87.6129,15510
Jaipur3,073,35089884.3427,61311
Surat4,462,00275889.0323,19612
Kanpur2,767,03184284.141,36613

 

Incidentally, some recent surveys have also rated cities based on other criteria. Chandigarh ranked first in the national sanitation and cleanliness survey conducted under the National Urban Sanitation Policy in 2010. It is followed by Mysore, Surat and New Delhi. Similarly, the newly launched Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems by Janaagraha, Surat was the top-ranked city for urban planning, cleanliness, water supply, crime control and government services. It was closely followed by Pune and Ahmedabad. So is there life in big cities or should we all move to smaller ones? Check the data and decide.

 Quality of Life Ranking
CityRank
Surat1
Pune2
Ahmedabad3
Mumbai4
Chennai5
Kolkata6
Jaipur7
Hyderabad8
Bengaluru9
Delhi10
Kanpur11

 

Factfile –
http://pib.nic.in
http://janaagraha.org
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
http://www.ronanlyons.com

4 COMMENTS

  1. Every place has its pros and cons. Moving our city will not solve the problem, bringing changes in the ones we live might. What do you think can be done for these cities?

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