Kohima on road to Sustainable Development

Nagaland State capital Kohima finally featured in the list of “Smart Cities Mission”.

One of the oldest among the eleven districts of the State, Kohima is the first seat of modern administration as the Headquarters of Naga Hills District (then under Assam). When Nagaland became a full fledged state on 1st December, 1963, Kohima was christened as the capital of the State.

The Government of India has sanctioned Rs 107 crore, another Rs 4 crore including Rs 2 crore from the State has also been released for Kohima’s Smart Cities Mission.

Kohima Municipal Department has submitted proposal to take up two multi-level vehicle parking and construction of a cultural hall under this scheme. Construction of storm water drainage under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) is in good progress.

Detailed Project Report (DPR) for development of City Center in the 5.98 acres of Government land is also completed. Another DPR for Kohima Metro Cable is ready. Development of monorail is also under survey. These are some of the future prospects for Sustainable Urban development for Kohima.

In the Municipal Waste Management decentralization of sanitation to ward level has improved a lot. At present, Kohima has 19 wards and the department has allotted Tata mobile vehicles to all the wards.

Ward panchayats have been authorized to collect Rs 50 as sanitation fee. The collected amount is spent on maintenance of the vehicles and for the payment of remuneration to the drivers. The department has purchased 93 acres of fallow land and the solid waste is dumped in this area. A mini solid waste management plant has also been installed.