Annual Survey of India's City-Systems, 2016

India's Cities are not poised well to handle urbanisation!

The ASICS 2016 report, yet again, highlights systemic inadequacies in urban governance that could affect public service delivery and ultimately, quality of life in India's cities.

"It was heartening to note that the Economic Survey of India used the findings from our 2015 survey to establish a strong correlation between the quality of governance and quality of service delivery. We hope this edition of ASICS would prove to be useful tool for city leaders to identify specific reform agendas for their cities based on the City-Systems framework. It can help them identify the systemic reforms that have to be undertaken to strengthen the governance framework in their cities, ultimately leading to a better quality of life for their citizens. We at Janaagraha are committed to partnering with city leaders across the country who are willing to commit to the City-Systems approach for transforming quality of life in their cities."

- Anil Nair, Deputy Head - Advocacy and Reforms, Janaagraha

Launched on the 28th of February 2017, the ASICS 2016 showed that Indian cities scored 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. As was reinforced in the 2016 Economic Survey using ASICS 2015 data, there is a strong correlation between urban governance and quality of service delivery. These low scores imply that Indian cities need to strengthen their city-systems i.e. quality of laws, policies and institutions significantly to improve service delivery and thereby, deliver a high quality of life to citizens.

  1. Press Release ASICS, 2016
  2. ASICS Data Table
  3. ASICS Infographics
  4. ASICS Press Conference ppt

ASICS Report 2016