Among 23 major cities, Visakhapatnam graded 17 in the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS) 2017 organized by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, a Bengaluru based nonprofit organization. Pune placed the top the list followed by Bhubaneswar, Thiruvananthapuram, Surat, and Kolkata.
Visakhapatnam gains 3.4/10 in the survey being not holding municipal elections since 2007, civic data not able to be used in open data format and faring poorly on authorizing Mayor and council. Noticed that the Mayor is elected not directly.
“In Vishakapatnam important slowdown in the conduct of council elections resulting in descending effects on aspects, suchlike gender representation, a formation of ward committees etc pulled down its scores,” Janaagraha expressed. The municipal corporation manages around 10 functions as opposed to the 18 listed in the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act, it says.
The city gets ready and made available city sanitation plan and comprehensive mobility plan, and also has a plan on incentivizing green buildings in place. It also did well in terms of AMRUT such as the implementation of a double entry accounting system, post demand collection book, credit rating, and the survey notes in its findings.
The city has a 3-year average per capita capital expenditure of Rs.3861.95, own revenue to total expenditure percentage of 44.8 % and average budget difference (between allocation and spending) of 38.2 %. Dehradun, Patna, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Patna constituted the bottom five cities.
“ASICS does not estimate a quality of services and infrastructure suchlike water, roads, traffic, garbage, sanitation or air pollution but instead measures the readiness of cities to deliver high-quality services and arrangements by evaluating city systems of geographical design and planning, municipal finance, standards, and citizen participation,” expressed Deputy Head, Advocacy and Reforms, Janaagraha, Anil Nair.