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Chandigarh ranked lowest among 21 Indian cities in terms of governance

In the survey, Chandigarh was ranked lowest while Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram have topped the survey with 4.2 points.

governance, ASICS, city ranking, governance ranking, chandigarh ranking, chandigarh newsTHE CITY Beautiful which is known as one of the few planned cities in the country has been ranked lowest in a survey which was conducted to evaluate the quality of governance in 21 cities of the country.

The third edition (2015) of Annual Survey of India’s City Systems (ASICS) carried out by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Jana Urban Space Foundation (Jana USP), and IDFC Foundation was released in New Delhi on Monday. In the survey, Chandigarh was ranked lowest while Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram have topped the survey with 4.2 points.

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According to the ASICS report, the average score of Chandigarh is 2 out of 10. The city has received 0.6 points out of 10 for urban planning and design (UPD), 2.3 points for urban capacities and resources (UCR). The report mentions that Chandigarh has achieved 2.5 points for transparency, accountability and participation (TAP), and for empowered and legitimate political representation (ELPR), Chandigarh has scored 2.7 points.

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A statement issued by the foundation on Monday said that the survey uses the Janaagraha City-Systems Framework as its basis. It said that the cities were evaluated across 83 detailed parameters and 11 principal questions were used in the survey. The major sub-heads in the survey were urban planning and design (UPD), urban capacities and resources (UCR), empowered and legitimate political representation (ELPR) and transparency, accountability and participation (TAP).

“The better a city scores in the ASICS survey, the more likely it is able to deliver better quality of life to citizens in the medium and long term,” Anil Nair, senior manager advocacy, Janaagraha, told Chandigarh Newsline.

He said that the rankings were given on the basis of “laws, policies, rules and regulations, institutions and institutional frameworks and accountability mechanisms that drive or give rise to the quality of life that we experience in our daily lives”. “The lower rankings reflect that the Municipal Corporation in Chandigarh doesn’t have much powers with respect to planning and disbursement,” said Nair.

In the survey, these questions were asked: how successfully has your city implemented its spatial development plan? Does your city have effective mechanisms to deter plan violations? Does your city encourage participatory planning? Is your city truly democratic? How well does your city address citizen complaints?

First published on: 15-03-2016 at 02:42 IST
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