As the Indian economy grows, cities are expanding faster than ever before, making it a challenge to provide top class urban living spaces. While the government is battling to renew the cities with funding under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission, it can do little to stop the migration of people from the villages to the cities and the creation of new urban extensions. A ranking of Indian cities by a Ficci-Ernst & Young study, titled Indian Real Estate Report 2007: Growth and New Destinations, maps India’s most and least liveable cities on several counts. New Delhi, the Capital, tops the overall ranking.
The report makes an assessment of 48 cities based on more than 57 parameters. New Delhi, because of its high quality of life and infrastructure, is the top Indian city. It is followed by Greater Mumbai. Chandigarh is one of the most prosperous cities in India, while Shimla, ranked 27th, has the highest per capita income.
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