Liveability can be defined as, “the potential of a city to offer favorable conditions to its residents and others on the parameters of social, natural, economic and physical environment”. The liveability index draws its outline on a similar note. It determines the degree of liveability of cities in India. In other words, it is an array of different functions that are directly or indirectly related to livelihood of a resident. It is supported by an integrated theme containing equity, dignity, accessibility, conviviality, participation and empowerment.
The index is a holistic approach towards understanding and identifying the
components of liveability that are acting as a catalyst or caveat in a region’s growth agenda. It covers urban as well as rural areas of a city thus mapping the entire region prudently on qualitative as well as quantitative factors.
The model is build upon eight core pillars. They are demographic, education,
health and medical standards, safety, housing option, socio-cultural-natural
environment, economic environment, and planned environment. These pillars are then branched into 20 constituent sub-pillars, which consist of indicators that map the factor quantitatively.