A global survey has found two major Indian cities — Mumbai and New Delhi — to be amongst the five cheapest places to live.
In a Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, India’s financial capital Mumbai has been ranked third cheapest place to live, while national capital New Delhi is ranked fifth.
The annual survey, conducted by international research firm Economist Intelligence Unit, claims to rank as many as 134 major places across the world on the basis of costs of various items ranging from food to transport to toiletries.
In this year’s ranking of costliest cities of the world, Mumbai has been placed at 131st position, up a place from 132nd a year ago, while New Delhi has remained at 129th.
The only two places found to be cheaper than Mumbai are Tunis in Tunisia and Karachi in Pakistan. Tehran in Iran has been ranked as fourth cheapest, cheaper than New Delhi at 130th position.
Japan’s Tokyo has been ranked as the costliest place in the world, followed by Oslo (Norway), Osaka Kobe (Japan), Paris (France) and Zurich (Switzerland) in the top five. Others in the top-ten include Sydney, Melbourne, Frankfurt, Geneva and Singapore.
The 10 cheapest cities in the world have a strong presence in the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East and North Africa.
“Despite the rise of India as a growing emerging-market economy, the low cost of living in cities continues to reflect the fact that the subcontinent remains a comparatively cheap place to live and work,” the survey said.
Karachi in Pakistan is the cheapest location surveyed, with a cost of living level at less than one-half of that of New York and one-third of that of Tokyo, the report said.
Karachi is joined in the bottom ten by Dhaka (Bangladesh) and the Indian cities of Mumbai and New Delhi. Cities in the Middle East and North Africa make up most of the rest of the cheapest locations. Algiers (Algeria), Tehran (Iran) Tunis (Tunisia) and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) all feature in the bottom 10.
“The low cost of living in these locations is driven by a mix of weakened currencies, low levels of development and, in some cases, price controls and subsidies on staple goods,” the survey said.
The two remaining cheapest cities in the world include Manila (Philippines) and Panama City (Panama). Colombo (Sri Lanka), is the only other city surveyed on the Indian subcontinent, that is one of the 20 cheapest cities and was ranked at the 114th place in the survey.