Herald: Wait till Sept next year to know how liveable Panjim is
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Wait till Sept next year to know how liveable Panjim is

13 Sep 2017 05:47am IST
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13 Sep 2017 05:47am IST

Centre to assess 116 cities, including Panjim, for their liveability index; Will rate the cities on 79 parameters

Team Herald

PANJIM: How liveable is our capital city Panjim? By September 2018, we will know how the city ranks in terms of basic amenities, economic growth and even grievance redressal systems. Panjim is amongst the 116 cities whose liveability standard is been assessed by the Union Ministry for Urban Development.

The Ministry on Monday kick started the exercise to rank 116 cities including the smart cities under the Smart City Mission, on a newly-developed liveability index. The project is funded by World Bank. The project will conclude in September 2018. 

Panjim, selected under the Smart City Development mission, will have its liveability index rated, and this will include governance at the door step through Information Technology (IT) initiatives. 

The liveability index would rate the cities on 79 parameters including how they fare in terms of grievance redressal of citizens, pollution, availability of water and power, online citizen services, upkeep of historical buildings, increase in tourist footfalls, crime rate, extent of crimes recorded against women, children and elderly, availability of traffic surveillance system, housing, solid waste management, health and education. 

The index would chart a city’s progress against various standards under four categories – institutional, social, economic and physical.

“With the government launching urban reforms in 98 smart cities and 500 cities under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), it has decided to follow the international practice to rank these cities on basic amenities,” state government sources said.

Under the governance parameter, the extent of citizen services available online will be assessed. The extent to which, various citizen services can be accessed by citizens remotely, through online portals, phone applications, e-kiosks etc will be assessed. Citizen services will include various online payments of taxes and charges, applications and approvals, grievance management, issue of documents like birth and death certificates. 

Restoration and reuse of historic buildings is also one of the core parameter. The extent to which planning and development in the city respects historic buildings/sites and the existing cultural landscape, through projects for preservation/restoration and adaptive reuse. 

Further the city would be rated based on the ecologically sensitive areas taken into consideration during the process of planning and development. 

The percentage of school aged population engaged in schools from pre-primary to college and post-graduate level, the number of in-patient hospital beds, average response time in case of emergencies, safety and security, increase in VAT or GST collection, unemployment rate, slum areas, etc are also some of the factors to be considered. 

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