Tuesday, July 5, 2022

MoU signed to scale up ‘nurturing neighbourhood’

Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL) and the Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with World Resources Institute, India (WRI, India) on June 7, to work on “scaling up safe, accessible, green, playful and inclusive neighbourhoods for young children and families across the city.”
In a press release, KSCDL informed that the MoU was signed by KSCDL chief executive officer, Er. Kezhazelhou Theunuo and KMC administrator, T. Lanusenla Longkumer in the presence of GM KSCDL planning, Kezhochole Rhetso and members of WRI India. Speaking at the programme, Er. Kezhazelhou Theunuo said they plan to identify small pockets of land and create shared public spaces and pocket parks for people in neighbourhoods across Kohima.
“We plan to replicate play spaces around facilities supporting healthy early childhood development and create safer streets for young children and families”, he further informed.
WRI India, with the support of BvLF will provide Kohima with technical assistance and capacity building towards implementing Nurturing Neighbourhoods scale-up objectives. It may be mentioned that on January 2022, Kohima was announced as one of the 10 winners of Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge (NNC) hosted by Smart Cities Mission, ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs in collaboration with Bernard van Leer Foundation and WRI India as technical partner.
Kohima along with other selected cities is now proceeding into the second phase of the challenge which involves scaling up interventions over the next two years.
KSCDL undertook five pilot projects in the first phase of the challenge which included development of pocket park, toddler-friendly play spaces and caregiver amenities alongside public facilities in Highland Park, Forest Colony and New Reserve Colony. Kohima’s scale-up plan will be based on eight strategies—Replication of Pilots, Capacity Building, Institutional Set-up, Partnerships and Diverse Leaders, Plans and Policy Changes, Data Based Planning, M&E, Civic Engagement, and Financial Sustainability. Under the supervision of CEO, KSCDL and KMC administrator, a Nurturing Neighborhood Cell would be formed which will be responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring child-and family-friendly projects in the city.
A broader platform for stakeholder engagement is also envisioned for inclusive planning, KSCDL stated.

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