The Assam Kaziranga University

Guwahati has been placed in the bottom seven in the latest list of Niti Aayog’s Urban Index Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

According to the report which was released by Niti Aayog on Tuesday, November 25 — Shimla, Coimbatore and Chandigarh have topped the Niti Aayog’s first SDG Urban India Index, while cities like Dhanbad, Meerut and Itanagar are the worst performers.

Shimla secured the first rank with a score of 76, followed by Coimbatore with 73, Thiruvananthapuram (72.36), Chandigarh (72.36) and Kochi (72.29).

Conversely, the worst performers are Dhanbad with 52, Meerut (55), Itanagar (55) and Patna (57).

Noticeably, the Guwahati has been placed in the bottom seven in the sustainable development list with a score of 55.79.

The SDG Urban Index and Dashboard ranks 56 urban areas on 77 SDG indicators across 46 targets of the SDG framework. Cities scoring between 65 and 99 are fall under ‘front runner’, cities with 50-64 are called ‘performers’ and cities scoring below 50 are called ‘aspirants’.

An official statement said that “The index and dashboard are a result of the NITI Aayog-GIZ and BMZ collaboration focused on driving SDG localization in cities, under the umbrella of Indo-German Development Cooperation.”

The statement further said that the index and dashboard will further strengthen SDG localization and institute robust SDG monitoring at the city level.

“Cities are fast becoming engines of growth. The SDG Urban index and dashboard, a product of innovative partnership between NITI Aayog and GIZ, will go a long way in instituting a robust SDG monitoring system in our cities, and is a milestone step in our SDG localisation journey,” said Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, launching the index.

The Assam Kaziranga University