Global consulting firm Mercer on Wednesday released its annual quality of living survey in which Indian cities did not perform very well.
The annual index compares 231 cities around the world, including seven Indian cities, ranking them on factors such as crime, education, healthcare, public services, recreation, housing and personal freedom. The ranking was based on data analysed between September and November 2018.
This year’s survey saw Hyderabad and Pune ranked at 143 in Mercer’s Quality Of Living Index and the number one city from India followed by Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka, which was ranked at 149.
Tamil Nadu capital Chennai was ranked at 151, followed by Mumbai at 154. While Kolkata ranked at 160, the national capital New Delhi was ranked at 162, the worst among all the seven Indian cities.
New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru remained unchanged from last year’s ranking for overall quality of living.
The Austrian capital Vienna topped Mercer’s index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row. Known by tourists for its imperial past, gilded palaces and classical music, the city of 1.9 million is also nicknamed “red Vienna” for having long been run by the political left, with cheap public services and abundant social housing.
The least safe city in the south Asia region is Pakistan’s Karachi which has been ranked at 226th spot. Globally, Iraq’s capital Baghdad is at the bottom of the list due to an economic, security and societal crisis.