Aerial view of Kohima | Photo courtesy: Morung Express

Kohima smart city has ranked 10th out of the 100 smart cities in India, and has been certified as “enabled”, in the Data Maturity Assessment Framework (DMAF) 2.0, officials said on June 27.

According to a report of the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs, during the sixth anniversary celebration of Smart City Mission, AMRUT and PMAY (Urban) on June 25, Kohima was announced as the only smart city in the Northeast region to make it to the top 10. Kohima shares the 10th position with two other cities of Raipur and Thane, according to a press release issued by Avelu Ruho, joint CEO Kohima Smart City Development Limited.

The Smart Cities Mission was launched by DataSmart Cities Strategy in February 2019, as a roadmap for harnessing the potential of data to address complex urban challenges across 100 cities in India. The DMAF was also launched to encourage cities to strengthen their data infrastructure and facilitate them in assessing their readiness and maturity on data.

According to the release, some of the initiatives undertaken by Kohima for this framework are preparation of draft city data policy, dedicated open city data portal, data analysis on critical datasets in sectors such as water, air, mobility and disaster, appointment of data-coordinators in state departments and a few civil society organisations.

Ruho stated that one critical aspect for the Nagaland capital, regarding the process pillar is that most of the data are with the individual departments. In this regard, the willingness of departments to share data with the smart city authorities was approved. He appealed for continued proactive participation of various departments and citizens which will be necessary to make Kohima a truly ‘connected’ data smart city.

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