Indian cities being the backbone of the country since decades can easily drive the country towards prosperity. However, to attain the highest level of affluence, it is critical that Indian cities keep a check on its living conditions. The liveability index 2014 captures the idea and reflects the yearly progress of 50 Indian cities via the index.
Mumbai remains the most liveable city among the 50 Indian cities studied. Similar to Liveability Index 2013, it is followed by the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Chennai. Delhi, which was the most liveable city until 2011, now lies in third place. Few changes were noticed in the top ten positions like Hyderabad dropped two places and reached the fifth place. Pune is a new entrant in the top ten cities slot and is now positioned at tenth place. Apart from it, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Noida, Gurgaon and Chandigarh are stable at their respective rank that is at 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th in that order.
The last ten slots on the liveability index 2014 also saw only reshuffle of cities with just one new entrant, Dhanbad at 39th rank. Bottom five cities of the index in their respective order are Kota, Faridabad, Kanpur, Asansol and Patna.
The most prominent trend observed in the index was that top positions are still dominated by the large metropolitan cities of India. Performance of their strong areas has nicely covered their weak areas. In other words, the index provides insight into the quality of life available to people.