Beating Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai; For the third consecutive time, Hyderabad tops the list of best city to live in India with the best quality of living, according to Mercer’s Quality of Living rankings 2017.
Globally, Vienna walked away with the honour, for the fourth time in a row with the rest of the top-ten list mostly filled by European cities, Zurich (2), Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), Copenhagen (9), and Basel (10). New Delhi continues to be ranked lowest with a constant score and difficult living environment. As per the report, both Hyderabad and Pune cities rank higher for the quality of living than the country’s more traditional business centers, Mumbai and New Delhi ranked at 154 and 161, respectively.
Singapore (25) is the highest ranked city in Asia while Montevideo (79) is the highest ranking city in Latin America.
Though, Hyderabad has slipped five ranks from 139 last year to 144, on account of the decreased power supply and water availability. On the positive side, the city continues to score high, in comparison with other surveyed Indian cities, on account of lower crime rate, the police force is efficient and reliable.
Ruchika Pal, Principal and India Practice Leader, Global Mobility said that “The survey highlights that Indian cities that have been part of the survey haven’t made much progress on the quality of living scale since last year.” But we can see Chennai as the only exception with its score rising marginally mainly on account of public transport, including buses and a recently expanded two-line metro system, and improved availability of expat housing.
New Delhi scores well on account of its airport facility, availability of international schools and low probability of natural disasters, the positives are outweighed by a variety of negatives including a ‘notorious’ crime rate, air pollution and water availability.
“Delhi continues to be challenged with increasing air pollution, contributed by growing traffic and industrialization in the city. Delhi’s air is the worst among world megacities, even the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed recently. Unfortunately, there has been no improvement in air quality” said Pal.
Other than these cities, Kolkata is ranked 149, Pune is ranked 151 and Bengaluru is rated the lowest, amongst the surveyed Indian cities, ranked at 177. Although Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka, however, has emerged as the top-ranked in South Asia, with a score of 132.
India still managed to do well in comparison to the other cities in South Asia.