7 projects in progress under Smart City project in Kohima

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/25/2019 12:05:15 PM IST

At least seven construction projects are currently underway under the Kohima Smart City including two multi-level car parking at Old Medical Directorate and NST, retaining wall and drainage construction from Classic Island till D Box cutting and construction of smart city office and KMC office.

Addressing press conference at DC Kohima office here Tuesday, the Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) administrator, Kovi Meyase said that Kohima was selected as smart city in September 2016, but the implementation of work began only in October 2018. 

He added that within nine months, seven projects were able to be taken up.

He said other projects under process include- Kohima wi-fi city by IT department, other major projects like integrated common and control centre.

He said the whole city will be infused with technology including social security, traffic management, smart street lighting and others. 

He also said the old secretariat area will be fully developed with star hotels, mall, open air theatre, green parks, multi level car parking, digital library and others.

He disclosed that some projects under tender stages are construction of cultural hall, some projects under DPR are like old assembly secretariat, road connectivity to open southern gate of the local ground toward UBC etc. 

He said if these things happen then the local ground would be changed completely.  

He also said that seven Area Development Wards (ADWs) which were officially declared as slum area by the state government will be taken under the project.

He also shared some of the pilot projects to be taken up.

He disclosed that Kohima city rank second in Northeast in Smart City indicators data upload. 

He said the department will be engaging various stakeholders like youth, students, panchayat, Kohima village, concerned minister and government officials to make the Kohima a “citizen centric smart city”.

Highlighting the challenges, he said according to Smart City project, the funding should be shared on 50:50 basis between state and centre, however, though the centre has released Rs. 111 crore, the state could released only Rs. 2 crore. 

He further said that 63 projects are to be taken up under smart city projects within the period of five years from its declaration.

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