Kohima Among Top 10 In Smart Cities Challenge

The state capital of Nagaland, Kohima is among the top ten cities that won the 'Nurturing neighbourhood challenge' under the smart cities mission which is an undertaking of the Indian Ministry of  Home and Urban Affairs. 

On Monday the Smart Cities Mission Twitter handle tweeted 

"Kohima tackled scarcity of public space with community-led solutions. Green mini-parks replaced roadside dumps and a schoolyard was adapted for use by toddlers & caregivers after hours. "

In the nationwide competition of cities, Kohima ranked 7th while Bangalore topped the list. Other winners include Hubballi-Dharwad, Indore, Jabalpur, Kakinada, Kochi, Rourkela, Vadodara, and Warangal. 

The specific challenge was hosted by the ministry in collaborations with Bernard Van Leer Foundation and with technical support from WRI India.  The challenge aims at shaping early childhood-friendly neighbourhoods in the cities. After a  jury composed of MoHUA representatives, BVLF and experts on urban designs and children development made a comprehensive evaluation, 25 cities were shortlisted for the cohort stage. 

According to the Smart Cities Mission, Kohima was recognised under Streets4People challenge for the Kohima Smart City Development Limited’s (KSCDL) work from parking to parks.

“Kohima reached out to their citizens to tackle their greatest challenge – parking! They took bold steps in transforming parking spaces into vibrant community spaces with curbside seating and planters,” it was informed.

Secretary of MoHUA Manoj Joshi said that changes led by the Nurturing Neighbourhoods cohort were “transforming how we plan, design, and manage Indian cities to be healthier, more inclusive places for young children to grow up, which consequently enhances the quality of life for all” While announcing the results.

Imphal, Karnal, Silvassa and Vadodara also received special mentions from the jury. 


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