Smart city Bhubaneswar has added another feather to its cap as it has been ranked 4th in the best quality of governance in cities, a study done by the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS)-2017.
The Study reveals that Bhubaneswar has made considerable progress in terms of its urban governance in the last two years. In 2015 Survey, Bhubaneswar was Ranked 18th which improved to Rank 10 in 2016 survey and now in the 2017 Survey, Bhubaneswar was tied with a score of 4.6 along with Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram, just below Pune which made it to the Top of the Ranking. In terms of the increase in score, Bhubaneswar was second highest improvement of 1.1 just below Surat, which showed an improvement in score by 1.3.
It is to be noted that major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Benguluru, Hyderabad, etc. are ranked lower in the Table. Among the Medium cities category (up to 1 million population), Bhubaneswar is at the top along with Thiruvanantapuram.
Bhubaneswar performed well on various reforms including credit rating, implementation of double entry accounting system and publishing of Demand Collection Book. It has also made available documents such as audited financial statements, municipal staffing data and internal audit reports online.
ASICS does not measure quality of infrastructure and services such as roads and traffic, garbage, water, housing, sanitation and air pollution, but instead measures the preparedness of cities to deliver high quality infrastructure and services in the long-term by evaluating “city-systems” of spatial planning and design standards, municipal finance, municipal staffing, political leadership at the city level and transparency and citizen participation.