Fourth edition of Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems unveils the lingering systemic inadequacies in urban governance

The Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS) is a diagnostic health check-up of underlying systems that are key to public service delivery and quality of life in cities. The report is designed to help city leaders pin point issues in urban governance in their cities and help them chart out a reform roadmap to make their cities more liveable.

 The 4th edition of Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS) report has been released in New Delhi on the 28th of February 2017. The survey, which looks at 83 governance parameters based on the City-Systems framework, shows that Indian cities score between 2.1 and 4.4 on 10, as against the global benchmarks of London and New York, which score 9.3 and 9.8 respectively.

Our observation from the last four surveys is that Indian cities have continued to score low over the last four editions of ASICS. This indicates that progress on fixing City-Systems has been slow. This is particularly worrisome, given the pace at which India is urbanizing and the already poor state of public service delivery in urban India. We are working towards consolidating our efforts in engaging with governments to bring policy reforms to fix deep-rooted systemic flaws in urban governance.

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Bhubaneswar stepped up the ranks from 18 in 2015 to 10 this year. This can be attributed to the creation of a Municipal Cadre, initiatives for efficient and decentralized planning for ward level plans and introduction of single window clearance system for development projects that are in conformity with SDPs.


Bengaluru witnessed a drop in its rank from 12 in 2015 to 16 this year owing to the fact that there has been no significant improvement in score while other, especially smaller cities like Ranchi and Kanpur have shown significant progress.