India Today Best City Awards 2014

India Today Best City Awards 2014: Chennai bags top honour

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The survey of cities was commissioned last year by the India Today Group.

Speaking at the ceremony, India Today Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie said, “When we commissioned the survey, smart cities were still a gleam in the eyes of most urban planners.” He expressed pleasure over the fact that urbanisation was now the top agenda of this government. Citing the example of the mayor of Nagpur becoming the chief minister of Maharashtra, Aroon Purie said, “This shows the rising importance of the city structure in our politics.” Photos: Chennai is top city at India Today Best City Awards 2014

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Shekhar Gupta, Amitabh Kant, Sanjeev Sanyal, Partha Mukhopadhyay, Gurcharan Das, and Shyam Khandekar during a panel discussion at the India Today Best City Awards 2014 in New Delhi on Friday.In the housing category of the India Today Best City Awards 2014, Hyderabad emerged as the best city. Mumbai made it to the top in the public services category, while Chandigarh emerged as the best city in cleanliness.

A panel discussion ‘Chennai to Shanghai: Why India Needs Smart Cities’ was moderated by India Today editorial adviser Shekhar Gupta in which panellists raised important points regarding smart cities in India. The panellists included Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion; Sanjeev Sanyal, Global Strategist, Deutsche Bank; Partha Mukhopadhyay, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research; Gurcharan Das, author and commentator; and Shyam Khandekar, founding partner and director of BDP.

“Urbanisation has historically served as an essential engine for economic development. No country has reached high-income status without undergoing a successful urbanisation process,” Aroon Purie said, adding that, “China’s urbanisation over the last three decades is proof of that. 260 million migrants moved from villages to cities without the accompanying problems of poverty and unemployment. In fact, so quickly did China urbanise that they have already moved into a second wave of reforms to overcome the problems of environmental degradation and inequality.”

The second edition of India Today’s Best Cities of India Report studied 30 capital and metro cities and 20 emerging cities on 12 parameters – overall, economy, housing, transport, public services, healthcare, education, crime and safety, entertainment, environment, investment and cleanliness.

The best cities in the categories of investment, economy, and transport were Shimla, Hyderabad and Chennai. In the fields of entertainment, public services and healthcare, the best cities were Gurgaon, Mumbai and Pune. Chennai also bagged top honour in the category of education.

Venkaiah Naidu and Aroon Purie congratulated all the winners of the India Today Best City Awards 2014.

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