In a recent survey conducted by the Economic Intelligence Unit-titled Global Liveability Survey– aamchi Mumbai was ranked 116. Out of 140 countries!
The result probably didn’t come as a shocker. That is because it merely documents what most of us already know. The fact that we don’t acknowledge the facts, is however another trait that has been exclusively bestowed upon this great nation. But the EIU was simply not going to buy the idea that just because a city houses Bollywood, it becomes a dream city.
The criteria for ranking included political and social stability, culture and environment, healthcare, education, infrastructure. This makes it all the more clear why Mumbai is where it is. In the last couple of decades we have seen Mumbai transforming into a terrorists’ backyard, where tourists from our neighbouring country barbecue innocent Mumbaikars on weekends and then enjoy paid vacations in our jails. Other times, it’s the Shiv Sena or MNS(pronounced ‘M AN ASS’) that takes up the charge of keeping Mumbai in headlines for all the wrong reasons. Their CV’s include accomplishments like beating up fellow countrymen for earning an honest living outside their native states, frequently disrupting cinema halls just for the kick of it and most importantly,taking religious fanaticism to new heights.
Mumbai’s polluted,like any other major Indian city. It’s Ganesh Chaturthi today and it’s time to witness the worst religious/ethnic crime in human history since Holocaust! What makes people think they can please God by polluting his waters is beyond my senses.
Mumbai’s roads can put to shame the paths that lead to hell. It holds the notorious distinction of becoming the world’s largest
swimming sewage pool during the annual monsoons. Mumbai has Dharavi. And probably within a decade, 50% of Mumbai will be Dharavi. The remaining 50% would be Bollywood. The economic disparity in Mumbai keeps increasing with each passing day. So does the crowd.
The cities that scored high on the list are Melbourne, Vancouver, Vienna, Sydney, Perth, Calgary, Helsinki, Auckland. Yes, these otherwise unheard of cities are the most livable places on the planet. Most of these are in fact only recognized as popular tourist destinations. I did some research and found that almost all of them had a few things in common- low population density, religious and cultural tolerance, high literacy rates and almost equal levels of income of their inhabitants. Not many cities in India, leave alone Mumbai, can boast of the co-existence of all these factors.
To add insult to injury, the national capital was ranked below the financial capital last year. And the trend would probably continue this year too, although Delhi’s rank has not yet been declared. I guess large scale corruption,road rage and frequent incidents of rape don’t help much when you are vying for the most livable city spot.
On the bright side, Mumbai gained 1 spot in the list from 117 last year. So the optimists can still argue that it will only take another 116 years before Mumbai gets to the top!