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Coimbatore ranks 2nd in Niti Aayog’s Urban Index

By Team YourCoimbatore on 25th November 2021
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Though the city fared badly in the Swachh Survekshan report for 2021 released on Saturday, denizens have a reason to rejoice as it has been placed second in the sustainable development goals (SDG) urban index released by Niti Aayog, a public policy think tank of the Union government.

The NITI Aayog is a public policy think tank of the Government of India, established to achieve sustainable development goals with cooperative federalism by fostering the involvement of State Governments of India in the economic policy-making process using a bottom-up approach.

The main function of Niti Aayog is to actively monitor and evaluate the implementation of programmes and initiatives, including the identification of the needed resources to strengthen the probability of success and scope of delivery. To focus on technology up-gradation and capacity building for the implementation of programmes and initiatives.

Coimbatore secured 73.29 points out of 100 to secure the second position. The SDG framework scrutinized 14 goals by analysing relevant data of participating cities sourced from Union ministries, the national crime record bureau (NCRB) and the national family health survey (NFHS). The framework consists of 56 urban local bodies and 77 indicators.

Out of the 56 cities, Shimla topped the index with 75.5 points followed by Coimbatore, and Chandigarh with 72.36 points.

SDGs encompass key development sectors including education, health, sanitation, employment, infrastructure, energy and environment. Marks were tabulated separately for each sector including clean water and sanitation, gender equality, economic growth, peace, justice and strong institutions.

In the list of goal-wise performing urban areas, Coimbatore stood first in poverty reduction; fourth in quality education; fifth in industry, innovation and infrastructure; and eighth in gender equality.

While Coimbatore scored well in poverty reduction, quality education, good health and well-being, industry, innovation and infrastructure, peace, justice and strong institutions, it faced challenges in clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, reduced inequality, decent work and economic growth and sustainable consumption and production.

The city was ranked at 38 of the 56 cities with a score of 67 out of 100 in the clean water and sanitation category. In the affordable and clean energy parameter, the city was ranked at 33rd, indicating that much needs to be done.

The data for the sanitation category was taken from the cleanliness ranking, where the city did not do well, a corporation official said. “We have launched works to make the city cleaner and more hygienic. It will reflect in the next cleanliness survey,” he said.

These things are not possible without people’s cooperation. The government expect much more cooperation from the people in the upcoming schemes to make the Coimbatore, best city.


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