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Kohima Smart City adopts stalled projects


60+ projects cost Rs 1794.16 cr

Kohima, February 14: The Kohima Smart City Development Ltd (KSCDL) under Kohima Municipal Council has come out with more than 60 projects for implementation of the Rs 1794.16 crore Kohima Smart City Project.
Kohima was selected as Smart City on September 20, 2016 during the second round of competition. The Kohima Smart City Development Ltd (KSCDL) was incorporated on March 24, 2017 under the Companies Act 2013. As per the Smart City Mission guidelines, the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for KSCDL was constituted on March 9, 2017. The SPV will plan, apprise, approve, release funds, implement, operate, monitor and evaluate the Smart City development Projects.
Wapcos has been appointed as the project Management Committee (PMC) for Kohima Smart City on October 10, 2018 at an amount of Rs. 10.19 crores and the contract agreement was signed on November 22, 2018.
The project is being implemented with 50:50 share between the Centre and State governments amounting to Rs 996.46 crore, Convergence (central/state/others) at Rs. 197.71 crore, debt (loan/bank/multilateral), bond) at Rs. 409.00 crore and PPP at Rs. 190.99 crore.
The State Government has also decided to take up some of the stalled multi-crore projects in the State capital.
So far the State Government has received first installment of Rs. 116.63 crores against Rs 500 crores for the Smart City Project and under which some of the stalled projects have been taken up.
The projects includes Multi-level parking at Old NST at the cost of Rs. 28.79 crores, Multi-level parking at Old Medical Directorate at Rs. 31.21 crores and Cultural Hall at Rs 26.22 crores. Most of the projects in Kohima could not be completed due to alleged misappropriation of funds.
Other projects currently underway are Re-development of Old Assembly Secretariat Phase-1 (Rs. 4.51 crores), Kohima Smart City and Kohima Municipal Council Office (Rs. 1.32 crores) and setting up of Wi-Fi in Kohima Town (Rs 4 crores).
KMC Administrator, Kovi Meyase said the Union Ministry of Urban Development has till date released a total of Rs 111 crores with Rs 2 crore as advance for preparation of Kohima Smart City proposal. The state has released Rs. 2 crore as state matching share for the administration and office expenses fund.
Meyase expressed optimism that projects would be completed in time and would make Kohima as a livable city. He said the objective of the Smart City project is for a smart solution for economic growth. He added that the project is bottom up planning where it would be a collective effort of all sections of people. He said the project is taking off with the collection of wishlists from the citizens of 19 wards, adding that Citizen Level Advisory Forum has been formed.
Meyase said there would be no shortage of funds to complete the projects under and Smart City and sought cooperation from all sections of people. He was speaking during the technical session of one day media workshop “Vartalap” on identifying flagship programmes of the Central Government at Hotel Eastgate here today.
He said landowners have been forthcoming for the projects.
The Smart City’s thrust area would be adopting technologies for smart solution for the city dwellers.
Meyase said new areas would be developed around Kohima in order to accommodate the expanding population in urban area. Application of smart solutions would enable Kohima to use technology, information and data to improve infrastructure and services.
“Comprehensive development in this way will improve of life, create employment and enhance income for all, especially the poor and the disadvantage, leading to inclusive city,” he added.
Talks are also underway for possibility of ropeways in Kohima to ease traffic problem. (Page News Service)