Bangalore is best Indian city, says global survey

Bangalore metro train
Image caption A long-awaited metro rail service was launched in Bangalore last month

Technology hub Bangalore has been ranked the best Indian city to live in, according to a global survey.

Bangalore beat Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta to emerge as the leading city for its quality of life, according to the list compiled by global consultancy firm Mercer.

However, Bangalore's worldwide rank is low, at 141 in the list of 221 cities compiled by Mercer.

The list ranks Vienna as the best city in the world to live in.

'Silicon Valley'

Five Indian cities make the list, which Bangalore leads for quality of living and personal safety standards, a measure of stability and crime levels.

Bangalore is followed by the capital, Delhi (global rank: 143), Mumbai (144), Chennai (150) and Calcutta (151).

Bangalore is home to nearly 8.5 million people.

It has more than 1,500 multinational software companies, is an information technology hub and is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of India.

But bad roads and traffic jams have marred the image of Bangalore.

Last month a long-awaited metro rail service was launched in the city.

Bangalore is also host of the Ugly Indians civic group. Its anonymous members choose small stretches of the city each week to clean, targeting pavements piled up with plastic, defaced walls and footpaths rendered unusable by potholes.

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