Kerala's capital is the least expensive city in the world, says Numbeo,
a database of user contributed data about cities. The consumer price
index (CPI) for Thiruvananthapuram is the least -- 21.97-- in a list
that includes 414 cities. Kochi with a CPI of 26.52 comes close at 406th
spot. Coimbatore is the second least expensive city with a CPI of 24.40 while Kolkata has a CPI of 26.47. Only rates of products and services were considered for ranking. Numbeo
is an online platform based on user contributed data to analyze or
compare the cost of living, quality of life, pollution level, crime rate
etc of various cities. Cost of living is the highest in Hamilton in Bermuda where the CPI is 161.46. Factors that were considered for calculating CPI varied from price of a
litre of milk and a cup of cappuccino to rent of an apartment. Nearly
50 parameters were considered. The data on Thiruvananthapuram was
compiled based on 563 entries in the past 18 months from 44 contributors
living in the city. State planning board member C P John
however said it would not be fair to compare Thiruvananthapuram with,
say, New York. "If the cities are not classified based on its
population, it will be meaningless," he said. According to the
rating, average rate of meal in an ?inexpensive' restaurant in
Thiruvananthapuram is Rs 50 while it is Rs 52.50 for Kochi. Monthly fee
for fitness club in Kochi is Rs 916 and for Thiruvananthapuram Rs
528.58. While rent for a one bedroom apartment in Thiruvananthapuram is
Rs 5583.33 per month, it is Rs 7388.89 per month in Kochi. Recently, Thiruvananthapuram won second place in the Annual Survey of
-India's City-Systems (ASICS), released by Bangalore-based NGO
Janaagraha, mainly for political representation and accountability.
The GHMC, which inaugurated the first of the proposed 50 meal
counters in the city at Nampally is now finalising the rest of the
locations in different parts of the city.
The Rs.5 mid-day meal scheme introduced for the poor by Greater
Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) at Nampally Sarai in front of the
railway station has been drawing large crowds for the last three days.
The subsidised meal is offered between 12 noon and 1 p.m. and queues
were on witness much before the serving of the meal started. “There is a
good response to the scheme and we are happy at the way the
beneficiaries are getting hot and hygienic food at a small price,” GHMC
Commissioner, Somesh Kumar said.
The civic body is planning to provide some temporary cover to the food
serving area here. “We want to ensure that rain or sun does not come to
create obstacles for the scheme,” an officer quipped. The subsidised
meal has the civic body pitching in with around Rs.15 for each plate
that comprises rice, dal, curry and pickle.
The GHMC, which inaugurated the first of the proposed 50 meal counters
in the city at Nampally is now finalising the rest of the locations in
different parts of the city. The meal is provided on first come first
serve basis for 300 persons and so far, the food has been sufficient,
the official said.
Increase in demand
“But we can see an increase in the demand and it has been decided to
assess the demand of the day each afternoon and arrange few more plates
the next day accordingly,” he added.