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Dhaka is further down the list of livable cities

Patrick D Costa

Dhaka slipped further down the list of world’s livable cities.

Dhaka slipped further down the list of world’s livable cities. It means Dhaka city is becoming unlivable day by day. Dhaka is suffering from severe traffic congestion, noise pollution, environmental degradation, health care and housing problems. And because of these reasons, it is becoming difficult for these citizens to live day by day.

It is known that Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, has fallen further behind in the list of 173 livable cities in the world. Dhaka was 166th in that list last year. This year it is two steps behind at the 168th position.

This information was found in the list of the world’s most livable cities published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a subsidiary of the UK’s influential magazine The Economist, on Wednesday (June 26).

Vienna, Austria tops the list. Vienna’s excellent infrastructure, rich culture, entertainment, and quality education and healthcare contributed to its top ranking.

Other top cities include Copenhagen (Denmark), Zurich (Switzerland), Melbourne (Australia) and Calgary (Canada).

The only Asian city in the top ten is Japan’s Osaka, which ranks ninth. Osaka points 96, and Dhaka points 43. In terms of liveability, the capital of Bangladesh is at the sixth position from the bottom of the list.

Declining availability and quality of education was the main reason for the deterioration of Dhaka, which ranked 168th in the EIU list this year. This year, Dhaka scored 50 points in stability, 41.7 points in health care, 40.5 points in culture and environment, 66.7 points in education and 26.8 points in infrastructure.

Note that every year EIU publishes the list of the world’s largest cities in terms of livability. The list of livable cities is based on five indicators: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

The higher a city gets out of a total of 100 points, the higher it ranks on the list. 173 cities have been indexed this year.

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