Kohima, FEBRUARY 1: After being named as the second most unlivable city of the country, Nagaland capital – Kohima is gearing up to overcome the tag in the second edition of Ease of Living (EoL) Index conducted by the Union Ministry of Urban Affairs (MoHUA).
In its first edition launched in 2017, out of the 111 cities of the country, the index had put Kohima in 110, a step above Rampur in Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing a press conference, Chief Executive Officer of Kohima Smart City Development Ltd (KSCDL), Kovi Meyase said after the declaration of the result of the first edition of index, 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.
He said the four categories comprise of Quality of Life – 35%, Sustainability – 20%, Economic Ability – 15%, while Citizen perception is 30%.
Pointing that 30% which is for the citizens, Meyase said this is where we have failed so badly last time, and therefore this time “Kohima Municipal Council wants to primarily focus on citizens’ participation.
It is for the citizens of the State capital to rate the city, he said.
Elaborating on the citizens participation, Joint CEO KSCDL, Avelu Ruho said as concerned citizen one can participate in the Ease of Living perception survey by logging in to “Eol2019.org/citizenfeedback” or to the Twitter handle #MyCityMyPride” from February 1 to 29, 2020.
This assessment does not in any way define that a city good or bad but it is only a means to help a city understand its position and the areas needed for improvement, said general manager (planning) KSCDL Kezhochole Rhetso.
Meyase stated that making Kohima Smart City a livable city does not only depend on the Kohima municipality but it also involves other Government departments and agencies who have a role to play. He requested the departments and Government agencies to provide the required data’s to be uploaded in the portal of the ministry.
He also informed that KMC is participating in the Municipal Performance Index on similar lines.
Smart City Projects
Meanwhile, Meyase expressed hope that the ongoing Smart City Projects in Kohima will be completed timely. Two multilevel parking is progressing well, and both have reached the fifth floor and expected to be completed by October 2020. Cultural Hall at NSF Martyrs’ Park also to be completed March 2021.
Stretch from Classic Island to Box Cutting, where retaining wall is being constructed, only about 65% works is completed, he said, adding that though the contractor was supposed to complete it by November-December last due to very heavy monsoon the progress was hampered.
WiFi of Kohima city progressing rigorously, while it is already accessible in some areas like Razhü, Old MLA Hostel junction.
At least one component of Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) for smart and intelligent street lights, in all the wards to be launched by end of this month, he said. ICCC can control the smart street lights, traffic lights, CCTVs, environment sensors and various other components.
Ruho informed that KSCDL has installed 800 street lights in all the 19 wards of KMC.
Garbage vehicles have been geo-tagged and attached with the respective ward panchayats.
(Page News Service)