Hyderabad does it again!
For the fourth time in a row, our City of Pearls has emerged as the best in terms of living standards among Indian cities surveyed by world famous firm Mercer, but this time, it shared its numero uno place with Pune, which has been hopping up the position from the last two years.
Mercer’s survey assesses 39 factors like city infrastructure ranking that assesses each city’s supply of electricity, drinking water, telephone and mail services, and public transportation as well as traffic congestion and the range of international flights available from local airports. Globally, Austria’s capital Vienna, for the ninth consecutive year, defended its position as the city offering the best quality of life in the world. Hyderabad and Pune ranked are ranked at 142th position. Last year, Hyderabad was Ranked 144 and Pune was at 145th position.
The other Indian cities on this list are Bengaluru (149), Chennai (151), Mumbai, (154), Kolkata (160) and New Delhi (162). New Delhi, for the third time in a row, was ranked as the lowest ‘Quality of Living’ Indian City, primarily because of the challenges it is facing with respect to air quality and traffic. On the global front, Iraq’s capital Baghdad remains the worst city to live in as per the survey. Singapore ranks first in Asia again (25th globally), while Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka emerged as the top ranker in South Asia. It had a score of 132 last year as against 137 this year. The list also saw rankings on city sanitation. Bengaluru took the top spot in India as it was ranked 194, while the neighbouring country Bangladesh’s Dhaka (230) took the bottom spot globally.
Interestingly, no U.S. city even comes close to making it to the top 20 cities in this quality-of-life survey. The relatively low crime rate and atmosphere factors such as the climate in the city helped achieve the spot for Hyderabad among the Indian cities.
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