PUNE: In a proud distinction for the city, Pune has outdone cities like London, Amsterdam, Boston, Dubai and others in a variety of sectors of governance. This was revealed under the City Data for India initiative, undertaken by Tata Trust, in partnership with World Council on City Data (WCCD).
WCCD, together with the support of its sister organisation The Global Cities Institute (GCI), at the University of Toronto, proposed a new India initiative, in partnership with the Tata Trusts, titled “City Data for India”, to assist in rapidly building the data capabilities of Indian cities and municipality bodies. Pune is among the three cities in India, which have achieved the WCCD ISO 37120 certification, the first-ever international standard for globally comparable city data, based on a comprehensive set of indicators to measure a city’s social, economic and environmental performance.
“The goal of the City Data for India initiative is to contribute to improved infrastructure services, inclusive prosperity and quality of life for millions of Indian urban citizens. The long-term goal is to empower city leaders, decision-makers and citizens from 50 cities in India to make data-informed decisions to improve city planning, infrastructure investment and operational performance management using ISO-standardised, comparable city data. These 50 cities will then become exemplars of the importance and value of standardised city data in India,” said Prabhat Pani, Head, Partnerships and Technology, Tata Trusts.
Speaking about the data collected about Pune, Pani said, “In terms of governance, total number of registered voters, out of 39 cities, Pune has done better than cities like London, Amsterdam, Brisbane, Boston and LA. In terms of voter participation, Pune ranked 18 with 50.92 per cent voter participation in last municipal election, outdoing cities like London, Amsterdam, LA and Boston. Pune has ranked ahead of cities like Dubai, LA, Boston, Brisbane and London in the Total Residential Electrical Energy use per capita. Pune ranked one with zero fire deaths per lakh population, beating cities like Dubai, Amsterdam, London, LA, Boston, Makkah, Melbourne. Pune outstrips London and LA by a long way in the number of trees planted per lakh population. Pune also has an exceptional solid waste recycling system that recycles almost twice as much solid waste as London or Amsterdam.”
Speaking about areas for improvement, he said that the concern areas for Pune include Average Life Expectancy (ALE), in which Pune ranks 40 out of 44, Housing in which Pune ranks 39 out of 43 with 22.1 per cent of its population living out of slums. Pune ranks 30 out of 35, with 26 per cent of water loss. In terms of education, Pune ranks last for male and female student enrollments and second last in total school enrollment,” he explained.
Speaking specifically about findings on public transport, Pani said, “Pune has zero km of High Capacity Mass Transport System per lakh population, and 0.59 km of Light Passenger Public Transport system per lakh population. Only 18.29 per cent commuters use a travel mode to work other than a personal vehicle. Pune has 2.8 km of bicycle path/lanes per lakh population. Transportation fatalities are 7.74 per lakh population. In terms of improvements in quality of life, Pune needs higher road safety standards and traffic design, recreational spaces-parks, pedestrian friendly walkways, bicycle path, pollution control, better public transport system and others.”
He has expressed confidence that this data will empower Indian city leaders and key decision-makers to make data-informed decisions to improve city planning, infrastructure investment and operational performance management.