Indian cities see major drop in Global Smart City Index 2020

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LAHORE: The Smart City Index has issued its report of 2020 which dropped Indian cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru in its rankings while Singapore remains the top city in the list.

In the 2020 Smart City Index, Hyderabad was ranked at the 85th position (down from 67 in 2019), New Delhi at 86th rank (down from 68 in 2019), Mumbai was at 93rd place (in 2019 it was at 78) and Bengaluru at 95th (79 in 2019).

The report said these Indian cities suffer significant drops this year and this is due to the detrimental effect that the coronavirus has had where the technological advancement was not up to date.

The Institute for Management Development, in collaboration with Singapore University for Technology and Design, has released the 2020 Smart City Index on Thursday, with key findings on how technology is playing a role in the coronavirus era.

The report further said that Indian cities have suffered more from the pandemic because they were not prepared for the crisis. It said from 15 indicators that the respondents perceive as the priority areas for their city, all four cities highlighted air pollution as one of the main areas that they felt their city needed to prioritise on.

The report highlighted that for cities like Bangalore and Mumbai, this was closely followed by road congestion and for Delhi and Hyderabad, it was basic amenities.

On the other side, New York city gained most points i.e. 28 and moved from 38th position in 2019 to 10th in 2020, followed by Washington DC and Medelin, which gained 19 points each.

Saudi Arabian Capital Riyadh socred 18 points, jumping to 53rd slot in 2020 from 71st in 2019.

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