According to the list issued by the NITI Aayog‘s Urban Index Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Shimla secured the first rank with a score of 76 whereas Guwahati was counted among the bottom seven cities.
The Centre’s public policy think tank assessed urban local bodies (ULBs) across 56 cities on 77 SDG indicators; the exercise was aimed at localizing SDGs and ensuring their efficient monitoring at the city level.
The vice Chairman of NITI Ayog, Rajiv Kumar during the launch of the SDG urban Index dashboard said, “Cities are fast becoming engines of growth. The SDG Urban index and dashboard, a product of the innovative partnership between NITI Aayog and GIZ, will go a long way in instituting a robust SDG monitoring system in our cities, and is a milestone step in our SDG localization journey.”
The worst performers are Dhanbad with 52, Meerut (55), Itanagar (55) and Patna (57).
Other Top performers with Shimla
Besides Shimla, the other cities to stand at the top of the list are Coimbatore and Chandigarh
About the score list
As per the score list set by the NITI Aayog, cities scoring between 65 and 99 falls under ‘front runner’, cities with 50-64 are called ‘performers’ and cities scoring below 50 are called ‘aspirants.
The index has been prepared by NITI Aayog-GIZ and BMZ, under the umbrella of Indo-German Development Cooperation, said NITI Aayog officials. NITI Aayog officials said that this is an attempt to push cities towards data-driven decision-making.