Shimla, Coimbatore and Chandigarh top Niti Aayog's Urban India index — here is the full list

Nov 24, 2021

By: Kritti Bhalla

Niti Aayog’s 1st SDG Urban India Index

Niti Aayog, the public policy think tank of the Indian government, has released its first Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Urban India Index.

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What does it highlight?

The index highlights the strengths and gaps of urban local body-level data, monitoring, and reporting systems.

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The top three in the race

Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and Chandigarh have topped Niti Aayog’s first SDG Urban India Index.

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Ranking system

The urban areas were ranked on a scale of 0-100. A score of 100 implies that the urban area has achieved the target set for 2030, while a score of 0 implies the farthest from the target. The data on these indicators have been sourced from official data sources.

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SDG localisation to strengthen

"The index and dashboard will further strengthen SDG localisation and institute robust SDG monitoring at the city level," Niti Aayog said.

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The next three in line

Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, Kochi in Kerala and Panaji in Goa were positioned at fourth, fifth and sixth ranks, respectively.

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Pune, Tiruchirapalli in top 10 too

Pune in Maharashtra was listed at 7th rank, whereas Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu was positioned at 8th. Ahmedabad in Gujarat and Nagpur in Maharashtra were at 9th and 10th position, respectively.

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56 cities ranked

The index has ranked 56 urban areas, of which 44 had a population above one million. Twelve of these are state capitals and have a population of less than a million.

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Here are the bottom 10

The bottom 10 urban areas in SDG Urban Index and Dashboard of 2022 are Dhanbad, Meerut, Itanagar, Guwahati, Patna, Jodhpur, Kohima, Agra, Kolakata and Faridabad.

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