KSCDL seeks to remove Kohima’s unliveable city tag

DIMAPUR, JAN 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/27/2020 12:15:55 PM IST

In the light of having earned dubious distinction of being the second most “unliveable” city in India among 111 cities in its “Ease of Living” survey conducted by Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on August 13, 2018, Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL) is sparing no effort to improve Kohima’s overall ranking of 110th of 111 cities, in the next assessment. 

In this regard, Kohima Smart City chief executive officer Kovi Meyase has appealed to all state government departments to make concerted efforts in providing the required data and information on time. 

Towards this, a coordination-cum-orientation programme is being organised by KSCDL for all the departments at KMC-KSCDL Conference Hall in Kohima at 11 am on January 29. All the departments involved have been requested to attend the session without fail.

The index is calculated based on the data provided by cities (and validated through secondary sources), which will be further validated through a citizen perception survey that will carry 30% weightage. 

The first framework on “Ease of Living” Index for cities was launched in June 2017 which was aimed at assessing ease of living of citizens living in cities across three pillars of quality of life; economic ability; and sustainability, 14 categories (education, health, housing & shelter, WASH & SWM, mobility, safety & security, recreation, economic development, economic opportunities, Gini coefficient, environment, green spaces & green buildings, energy consumption and city resilience) and 50 indicators.

It was pointed out that Kohima’s dismal ranking was not necessarily because of lack of facilities and infrastructure, but mainly because of lack of awareness among government agencies as well as citizens; lack of co-ordination among departments; lack of data in the departments and late submission of data, which delayed compilation, sorting and final uploading.

KSCDL has appealed to all citizens to actively participate in the survey through social media platforms, citizens’ App and face-to-face interview through random sample surveys to be conducted by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.


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