What is the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems?

Annual Survey of India’s City Systems (ASICS) is a report produced by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, a Bengaluru based non-profit organization. Its 5th edition was released in 2018. It is a report covering 23 major cities across 20 states based on 89 different indicators.

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What are the 4 Main Components of ASICS Survey?

ASICS survey gives scores to a city on a scale of 10. There are many indicators but the list main 4 key components are given below.

  1. Urban Planning and Design
  2. Urban Capacities and Resources
  3. Empowered and Legitimate Political Representation.
  4. Transparency, Accountability and Participation.

Which are the Best Performing and Worst Performing Cities in the ASICS 2017 Survey?

The 3 Best Performing cities are given below

  1. Pune
  2. Kolkata
  3. Trivandrum 

Pune scored the highest with 5.1 on a scale of 10.

The 3 worst performing cities are listed below

  1. Bengaluru
  2. Chandigarh
  3. Dehradun

What are the Problems Faced by the Cities as per the ASICS Report?

Some of the major problems plaguing the cities which makes it unsustainable to have high quality of life are given below.

  1. Frequent Floods
  2. Air Pollution
  3. Outbreak of diseases due to lack of cleanliness
  4. Building collapse due to poor quality of work
  5. Fire accidents

The above issues are stark reminders of the governance issues plaguing the cities.


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