MUMBAI: India’s capital city ranked 148, two spots higher than it did last year on a ranking of 215 cities around the world undertaken by consulting firm Mercer Human Resources Consulting LLC. Zurich No.1 in the world and Singapore, No.1 in Asia.
All the Indian cities ranked relatively low on overall quality of living, with Mumbai at 151, Bangalore at 153 and Chennai at 159. On the Asia-Pacific ranking for health and sanitation, the four Indian cities ranked at the bottom of a list of 48, with only Dhaka below them.
“Overall, Indian cities have bettered their quality of living,” said Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer, in a statement.
“Yet, India still requires major investments in the areas of health and sanitation including waste removal, sewage, water potability, etc.”
Mercer’s annual Worldwide Quality of Living Survey ranks cities on 39 parameters grouped under 10 categories: politics, economy, culture, health and sanitation, education, public services, recreation, housing, environment and (availability of) consumer goods.
“Japanese cities remain among the top for overall quality of living, with excellent infrastructure, and political and economical stability,” said Parakatil about Asian cities. “Chinese cities, especially Beijing and Shanghai continue to improve much faster than some other cities in the country. Public transport, telecommunication and airports have dramatically improved.”
“Companies are increasingly using factors such as quality of living in their site selection process,” said Gangapriya Chakraverti, business leader of human capital product solutions in India, Mercer, in the statement. “As cities and countries vie with each other to attract investment, we are likely to see significant enhancements on some parameters that determine quality of living.”