Liveability Index: 116 Cities in India
Predictions show India’s urban expansion will grow at rates unseen before, leading to the government’s proposal of a liveability index. In consortium with Ipsos and The Economist Intelligence Unit, Athena is working to assess 116 Indian cities on liveability. The liveability index is the first of its kind initiative globally, and will rank each city along 79 parameters set by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. It will also serve as a baseline for future liveability assessments. The project boasts a ‘citizen-centric’ approach to urban governance and planning, and will serve as an instrument for planning and policy reform. It will additionally serve resource mobilization and allocation efforts, along with investment prioritization and management.
The index is unique in that it takes data from cities to assess quality of life. These include institutional, social, economic, and physical. It will thereby enable cities to compete for talent and resources. The consortium will visit all 116 cities, conducting 1,00,000+ perception surveys to assess service delivery and additionally validate city-level data. It will also build a bespoke ‘Economist-Portal’ that spatially maps the data and ‘liveability ranking’ outputs, offering a knowledge base for city managers. Finally, it will deliver a white paper mapping use-case motivations of cities for the data. This will offer solutions to overcome data-interoperability concerns and practical recommendations to overcome data gaps.