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Smart city requires smart citizens to take care of amenities created: Advisor Zhaleo Rio

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KSDLC completes 20 out of 32 projects: CEO Theunuo

KOHIMA, MARCH 24: As Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL) entered into the 7th year towards implementing the Smart City project, Advisor for Advisor for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Zhaleo Rio today stressed on the need for ‘smart citizens’ and not only smart amenities.
Speaking at the 7th Foundation Day of KSCDL, Rio said that the aim of smart city projects is to provide development for a citizen-friendly and sustainability in terms of basic amenities and facilities for the urban poor.
He said a smart city has to have proper infrastructure, amenities and facilities for the public but there should also be smart citizens to maintain high-quality civic sense and indulge in good and hygienic activities.
He asked the citizens not only to use the facilities provided but also take proper care and maintain the assets created as smart citizens.
He appreciated KSCDL for taking up up-gradation and rejuvenation of community projects during the 7-year period of Smart City project implementation.
Pointing out that the project period is likely to be over by June, he appealed to all the stakeholders, Kohima Municipal Council, wards and line Departments to educate the citizens on proper civic sense, sanitation and hygiene.
Chief Executive Officer of KSCDL Kezha Theunuo, sharing the journey thus far on Smart City, said that Kohima Smart City in its effort to live up to the mission objective since March 2017 continued to strive on with the support of the Government and its citizens.
As approved by the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), KSCDL has taken up 32 projects with the budget provision of Rs. 550 crore on the basis of funding pattern 90:10 that is Rs. 500 cr from Ministry of House and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) as Centre’s share and Rs. 50 cr as State share.
Out of 32 projects, 20 projects have been completed as of today, 6 projects are on the verge of completion and other 6 projects are expected to complete by the end of this year, he said.
Some of the milestones achieved over the years are Integrated Command & Control Centre (ICCC), Capital Cultural Hall, Kohima town beautification, safe and accessible pedestrian footpath, up-gradation and rejuvenation of the community amenities. Multi-level car parking at Old Medical Directorate and NST, he said.
The ongoing projects are up-gradation of Kohima Local ground, redevelopment of WWII Battle tank area and Kohima City Centre, he said.
Kohima Smart City has also been rendering continuous support in traffic management, smart street lights and City Surveillance through various initiatives, he said.
Further, Theunuo said that in its contribution towards Good Governance/E-Governance, the team succeeded in developing the Open Data Portal and conceptualizing the Data Maturity Assessment Framework (DMAF), KSC and was accredited with the top performer for its outstanding contribution towards promoting Data Governance by the Ministry.
Kohima Smart City became the only city among NE States to be accredited top 10 in all 3 major Ministry interventions ~ Street for people, Cycle for Change and Nurturing Neighbourhood Challenge and then went on to win the first seasons, he said.
While the Kohima Smart City continues to cater to citizen’s needs and aspirations to build a sustainable city, he firmly believed that it is the principle of collective responsibility that will enable Kohima city to grow and attain its full potential.
He also urged all to work together to build Kohima as a model city to live in.
The occasion, chaired by KSCDL General Manager (Human Resources) Kekhriesetuo Ziephrü, commenced with prayer by Youth Director of Chekhesang Baptist Church Kitsubozou, Deo Huprem while special song was presented by The Beanstalk School Choir.
Kohima Municipal Council Administrator Lanusenla Longkumer tendered the vote of thanks.
The Smart City Mission was launched by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on June 25, 2015.
The State capital, Kohima, was selected as 1 of the 100 smart cities in the year 2016 and was incorporated under the Companies Act 2013 as Kohima Smart City Development Ltd. (KSCDL) and the SPV of the Company was established on March 24, 2017.
(Page News Service)