Kolkata dirty? Not any more, says survey KOLKATA: For those who turn red-faced while comparing Kolkata with other cities and criticize it for not being clean, green and well-planned, here's a reason for them not to feel so low. A national survey conducted by the ASICS actually goes on to prove that when it comes to urban planning and design, the city has topped the country! Though it will take some time for the city to beat others hands down if you take all the parameters into consideration, the overall performance is impressive. The annual survey on India's city systems was conducted across 11 cities and astounding results, which seem to challenge accepted notions, were arrived at. There were four parameters on which the cities in question were rated on a scale of 10 - urban planning and design (UPD), urban capacities and resources UCR), empowered and legitimate political representation (ELPR) and transparency, accountability and participation (TAP). Interestingly, Kolkata features right on top in the most important parameter, UPD, beating usual favourites Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. It's another matter that despite topping the country, Kolkata is way behind ideal cities like New York or London. Thus, while Kolkata has scored 4.3 in UPD, Delhi has managed to score 3.9 and Mumbai as low as 2.6. The ASICS survey explains that Kolkata has come out as topper because it is the only city in the country to have a metropolitan planning committee. The city has managed to perform pretty decently in ELPR category where it has come second, beaten only by Jaipur. While Jaipur has scored 4.5, Kolkata has missed the mantle just by a whisker by scoring 4.3. A legend by the surveyors praises the city for being one of the few cities to have an independent state election commission. The city, however, has not been able to score well in the other two parameters. In UCR, the city has ranked ninth and managed to score only 2. Most cities have scored poorly in this category, including Delhi and Mumbai that have scored marginally better with 2.9 and 2.7. In TAP, Kolkata has ranked somewhat better compared to the UCR and ended up at rank seven by scoring only 2.9. Though Delhi trails Kolkata with a score of 1.2, Hyderabad is the biggest scorer with 4.4. Mumbai and Bangalore are almost shoulder to shoulder at 3.3 and 3. The survey clearly says that Kolkata has a poor public disclosure law and hence this poor score when it comes to transparency. Kolkata dirty? Not any more, says survey - The Times of India ***************************************** That much for City of Joy type of stuff and Mother Teresa! It is not a terrific city, but it cannot be outrightly slandered as is the fashion.