Dimapur, January 27: Nagaland State’s capital, Kohima, gained an infamous distinction of being the second most ‘unlivable’ city in India ranking 110th out of 111 cities on August 13, 2018 on its ‘Ease of Living’ conducted under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India.
The first framework on ‘Ease of Living’ Index for cities was launched in June 2017 which aimed to assess the ease of living of citizens living in the cities across three pillars of quality of life; economic ability; and sustainability, 14 categories (education, health, housing & shelter, WASH & SWM, mobility, safety & security, recreation, economic development, economic opportunities, Gini coefficient, environment, green spaces & green buildings, energy consumption and city resilience) and 50 indicators.
CEO of Kohima Smart City said it was observed that the dismal ranking of Kohima city was not necessarily because of the lack of facilities and infrastructures but mainly because of lack of awareness among Government agencies as well as citizens, lack of co-ordination between departments, lack of data in the departments and late submission of data which delayed compilation – sorting – final uploading.
As the city gears up to face another assessment, the CEO appealed to all the departments to give a concerted effort by providing the required data and information on time. In this connection, a co-ordination cum orientation programme is being organized by the Kohima Smart City for all the concerned departments on January 29 at 11 am in the KMC-KSCDL conference hall. All the concerned departments have been requested to attend the session without fail.
The index calculated based on the data provided by cities (and validated through secondary sources) will be further validated through a citizen perception survey, which will carry 30% weightage. The Kohima Smart City appealed to its citizens to actively participate in the survey through the social media platforms, citizens’ app and face to face interview through random sample surveys to be conducted by the ministry.
(Page News Service)