According to Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the exercise of developing liveability indices is currently on and it is scheduled to be completed by June, 2018. The Ministry will be able to issue liveability indexes of the 116 selected Cities by then. It may be noted here that the MoHUA through an international bidding process under World Bank funded CBUD programme had selected IPSOS Research Private Limited in consortium with Athena Infonomics India Private Limited and Economist Group Limited for assessment of liveability indices in 116 cities.
The Government of India, along with the various State and Local Governments is implementing several flagship Urban Missions. An overarching goal of the various missions and schemes is to make Indian cities more Livable. In order to develop a common minimum framework for cities to assess their existing status and chart their pathway towards providing a better quality of life to their citizens, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has developed a set of Liveability Standards in Cities to generate a Liveability Index and rate cities. The framework has its genesis in the 24 Smart City features contained in the Smart City Proposals and includes 79 indicators (57 Core Indicators and 22 Supporting Indicators). These indicators are organized in 15 distinct Categories, designed for measuring various institutional, social, economic and physical aspects that affect the quality of life of citizens and determine the Liveability of a city.