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Most liveable cities in India

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Gateway of IndiaMumbai tops the list performing well on demographics and business.


The fourth issue of Liveability index, an annual study of key factors that determine the degree of liveability of cities in India, has recently unveiled the list of 50 livable Indian cities studied by the Institute for Competitiveness.

The liveability index is based on a framework, which is an evolved adaptation of the world-renowned diamond model of Michael E Porter, a Bishop William Lawrence Professor at Harvard University. The model is based on eight core pillars that are demographic, education, health and medical standards, safety, housing option, socio-cultural-natural environment, economic environment, and planned environment. These pillars are further divided into 20 constituent sub-pillars. The index strives to maintain the highest level of data integrity and via methodological calculations integrates the different categories into a composite index. The index studies the urban as well as rural factors that define the living potential of cities across the country. It portrays the true reflection of Indian cities in terms of their living conditions.

According to liveability index, a city is livable when it directly offers favorable living environment to its citizenry and indirectly benefits as well as attracts the visitors. Here, the favorable environment includes various measurable factors such as, strong infrastructure setup, presence of quality education and health institutions, safety of its citizenry, planned environment, proficient governance, job, etc.

The most liveable city of India in 2013 is Mumbai. The city has performed well on pillars such as demographics and business. The next two cities, Chennai and Hyderabad are placed at 2nd and 3rd rank respectively. Bengaluru is at 4th rank on the liveability index 2013. It has moved upwards on pillars like safety, housing options and planned environment. Delhi has grabbed the 5th rank on the index. It is one of the best cities on the sub pillar and pillar of the economic environment and communication respectively. The city, however, needs to improve on the pillars of safety, and socio-cultural-natural environment.

The bottom five cities on the liveability index 2013 are Agra, Raipur, Asansol, Kanpur and Patna. Complete rankings are available at


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