PUNE: Pune aspires to become one of the most liveable cities in India by leveraging its rich cultural and natural heritage, strong human capital and robust business environment. 

Of course, the city's claim will be assessed by the central government on the basis of various parameters. 

As per the mission statement of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the civic administration wants to convert the city into a bustling business and education hub and attract investments and skilled people by solving its core infrastructure issues in a "future-proof" way, and by making its neighbourhood beautiful, clean, green and liveable. 

The ministry of urban development will check the city's claim of liveability along with other cities in India by launching the liveability index next month. The process will be based on indigenously evolved index and the cities will be assessed on 15 core parameters. 

Rajiv Gauba, secretary, Union urban development, made the announcement on Wednesday. To start with, liveability standards of 140 cities, including 53 cities with population of one million and above, and smart cities, including Pune, will be assessed. 

The Union urban development ministry has already invited bids for selection of the agency for carrying out the assessment based on the parameters evolved by the government. 

Cities will be assessed on 15 core parameters relating to governance, social infrastructure pertaining to education, health and safety and security, economic aspects and physical infrastructure like housing, open spaces, land use, energy and water availability, solid waste management, pollution etc. Cities will be ranked based on the liveability index that would cover a total of 79 aspects.