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KSC towards creating a more walkable Kohima city

KSC towards creating a more walkable Kohima city
Public and vendors seen at the space created by KSC not only for parking but as a city centre for citizens.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/7/2020 1:11:51 PM IST

Kohima Smart City (KSC) with the core committee comprising of representatives from wards, citizen groups, professionals and city officials is organising an open streets campaign around the city to create awareness about the need to share street spaces with cyclists, pedestrians and citizens including children, aged people and people with disabilities. 

A press release by KSC Development Limited, Nagaland, CEO Kovi Meyase stated that, the campaign is to convey the message that streets were meant not only for vehicles and for parking, but to make space for everyone and also for trees, plants and nature.

On November 7, the Old NST parking spot was transformed into a pop up open street space for pedestrians, food vendors, street vendors selling organic vegetables and fruits, flowers and sitting space for shoppers.  This was an open space initiative to envision and test how streets can be transformed into happy, safe and inclusive spaces for everyone. KSC would work towards identifying more locations around town where open street spaces can be carved out permanently for all citizens.

KSC in collaboration with the Kohima Traffic Police (KTP) and in consultation with the Nagaland State Disability Forum also earmarked a parking space reserved exclusively for people with disabilities just outside Rutsa Bakery. KTP also said that they would to identifying parking spaces for PwDs in strategic locations around the town.

KSC also sought support from citizens towards making Kohima a people friendly and more walkable city. One young boy said that it was exciting to see a parking slot transformed into such a nice open space. Another citizen stated that more such spaces should come up around different parts of the city, while another appreciated the platform given to the street vendors.

It must be noted that the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to ensure a green recovery from COVID-19 had launched the “streets for people challenge” to inspire cities to create walking friendly streets through quick measures and to re-imagine their streets as public spaces through the lens of economic regeneration, safety and child friendly interventions with inclusive designing.


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