Delhi tops in essential infrastructure, Odisha at the bottom

Delhi is right at the top as far as power, water, roads and communication as well as housing is concerned. The other states in the top five are Punjab, Goa, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

GN Bureau | May 2, 2016


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The Public Affairs Centre, a not for profit organisation, assessed states and union territories using data available in the public domain in key areas of governance and came out with ‘Public Affairs Index’, presenting an inter-state comparison. The states were compared on 10 areas each and were given scores between 0 and 1, with 0 being the lowest score and 1 being the highest. Here’s a look at:

Essential infrastructure

It comprised of four focus subject (and their indicators):

1.Power

  • T & D losses
  • Per capita consumption of power
  • Households electrified as a percentage of total


2. Water

  • Percentage of households with access to safe drinking water
  • Total irrigated area vs total agricultural area
  • Existence of water regulatory commission
  • Existence of ground water regulation act


3. Roads & Communication

  • Surface roads as a percentage of total roads
  • Road density per 1,000 sq. km
  • Percentage of households with access to cellphone


4. Housing

  • No. of pucca houses as a percentage of total
  • Slum population as a percentage of total urban population
  • Percentage of households with toilets inside premises


Here are the rankings:

State/Union territory PAI Index Ranking
Delhi 0.812 1
Punjab 0.774 2
Goa 0.721 3
Haryana 0.716 4
Himachal Pradesh 0.714 5
Gujarat 0.675 6
Andhra Pradesh 0.656 7
Tamil Nadu 0.636 8
Uttarakhand 0.613 9
Maharashtra 0.612 10
Sikkim 0.608 11
Uttar Pradesh 0.582 12
Karnataka 0.558 13
Rajasthan 0.557 14
Kerala 0.553 15
Jammu and Kashmir 0.537 16
Arunachal Pradesh 0.476 17
West Bengal 0.472 18
Mizoram 0.47 19
Chhattisgarh 0.428 20
Bihar 0.414 21
Madhya Pradesh 0.387 22
Meghalaya 0.366 23
Jharkhand 0.359 24
Tripura 0.356 25
Manipur 0.352 26
Nagaland 0.344 27
Assam 0.317 28
Odisha 0.239 29

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