According to a report released by the government think tank Niti Aayog on Tuesday, Shimla, Coimbatore, and Chandigarh topped the Niti Aayog’s first Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Urban India Index, while Dhanbad, Meerut, and Itanagar were the lowest performers.
The SDG Urban index and dashboard were established by the Niti Aayog in partnership with GIZ and BMZ under the Indo-German Development Cooperation umbrella, according to an official statement.
Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of the Niti Aayog, remarked at the launch of the index and dashboard, “Cities are rapidly transforming into growth engines. The SDG Urban Index and dashboard, which is the result of a collaborative effort between Niti Aayog and GIZ, will go a long way toward establishing a comprehensive SDG monitoring system in our cities and represents a significant step forward in our SDG localization journey.”
The index, according to the statement, reveals the strengths and weaknesses of ULB’s data, monitoring, and reporting systems.
“The index and dashboard will promote SDG localization and introduce robust SDG monitoring at the city level,” the report stated.
Shimla, Coimbatore, Chandigarh, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Panaji, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Ahmedabad, and Nagpur are among the top ten cities in the SDG Urban Index and Dashboard 2021-22.
While ‘urban area’ pertains to urban local bodies (ULBs) in some circumstances, it also refers to all urban areas within a district collectively in others. Official data sources such as the NFHS, NCRB, U-DISE, data portals of various ministries, and other government data sources were used to compile the data for these indicators.
According to the government think tank, urban areas are evaluated on a scale of 0-100 for each SDG. A score of 100 indicates that the urban area has met the 2030 targets; a score of 0 indicates that it is the least likely of the selected urban areas to meet the targets.
Aspirants are defined as areas with a score of 0 to 49, performers are defined as areas with a score of 50 to 64, front-runners are defined as areas with a score of 65 to 99, and achievers are defined as locations with a perfect score. There isn’t a single region, though, that receives a flawless score. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog, remarked at the launch of the index and dashboard that cities are rapidly becoming engines of growth.