NITI Aayog launches SDGs Urban Index 2021-22

NITI Aayog launched “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Urban Index and Dashboard 2021-22”. Shimla has topped the list of cities by scoring highest on the index.

Key Points

  • Coimbatore and Chandigarh have been ranked at second and third position.
  • Thiruvananthapuram, Panaji, Pune, Kochi, Tiruchirappalli, Ahmedabad and Nagpur are among top 10 cities on the index.

SDG Urban Index & Dashboard

The SDG Urban Index & Dashboard (2021-22) was launched by NITI Aayog on November 23, 2021. It ranks 56 urban areas on 77 SDG indicators across targets like zero hunger, ending poverty, quality education, good health and wellbeing, gender equality etc in the SDG framework. The index and dashboard will help in strengthening SDG localization as well as institute robust SDG monitoring at the city level. The index highlights strengths and gaps of ULB-level data, monitoring as well as reporting systems.

Areas ranked in the index

Out of total 56 urban areas ranked in the index, 44 are having the population of more than one million. Twelve are state capitals having population of less than one million.

Top ten urban areas

Top ten urban areas in the index are: Shimla, Coimbatore, Chandigarh, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Panaji, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Ahmedabad and Nagpur, in that order.

Bottom 10 urban areas

Bottom ten urban areas in the index are: Faridabad, Kolkata, Agra, Kohima, Jodhpur, Patna, Guwahati, Itanagar, Meerut and Dhanbad.

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