Dhaka least liveable city
Dhaka has been rated as the least liveable location among the 140 cities surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The Global Livability Survey released yesterday found the Bangladeshi capital downgrading one step from the rank of second worst city to live in.
Last year, Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, became the least desirable destination.
Dhaka's score, however, remains unchanged -- 38.7 out of 100.
The ratings are based on 30 factors, across five board categories -- stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
“Undoubtedly living conditions are getting worse in Dhaka city. Infrastructure, city service and public transport system need to be improved immediately,” said Professor Nazrul Islam, eminent urban expert.
But still the city has many good aspects. Its economic strength and educational opportunities have increased and cultural integrity here has become excellent over the years, he said.
However, he said every year around half a million people added to the existing population of Dhaka, making the 400-year-old city vulnerable.
Melbourne has claimed the position of the world's most liveable city but Sydney has lost its status gong with a near perfect score of 97.5 percent. It only lost points for climate, culture and petty crime.
The survey is an annual list compiled by the EIU, affiliated with the UK-based weekly Economist, initially as a test of whether human resource departments needed to pay a hardship allowance in expatriate relocation packages.
The report has evolved as a broad benchmarking tool used by city councils, organisations or corporate entities looking to test locations against one another.
It also measures the diversity and standard of cultural events and the natural environment, education and the standard of infrastructure, including public transport.