average meal in Thiruvananthapuram is Rs 50 -Rs.5 meal scheme in Hyderabad


Thirvananthapuram least expensive among 414 cities: Global survey



THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: 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.

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Updated: March 11, 2014 11:31 IST

Rs.5 meal scheme becomes a big draw in Hyderabad

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The Rs. 5 mid-day meal scheme launched by the GHMC is getting overwhelming
response from the people. Photo: K. Rahul Kumar
The Hindu The Rs. 5 mid-day meal scheme launched by the GHMC is getting overwhelming response from the people. Photo: K. Rahul Kumar

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.
Temporary cover
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.