Having missed the bus twice, Kohima&’s tryst for the “smart city” tag came to fruition last week when it finally managed to find a place in a new list of smart cities, says a report in the Dimapur-based Morung Express. The state capital was among the list of 27 cities announced by Union minister for urban development M Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi on 20 September. 

Kohima had missed the first round in January and also narrowly missed a Fast Track competition held in May 2016. Consequently, the state government submitted an upgraded proposal to the ministry in June this year. In the second round, Kohima was selected in a competition among 63 cities.

According to a PIB release, the minister said that the new 27 smart cities had proposed an investment of Rs 66, 883 crore under smart city plans, including Rs 42, 524 crore under Area Based Development and another Rs 11, 379 crore for technology-based Pancity solutions that benefits all the citizens of respective cities. With this, the total investment proposed by the 60 cities selected so far had gone up to Rs 1,44,742 crore, he said.

In the order of merit, Amritsar tops the list of 27 new smart cities. Among the North-east states, Namchi in Sikkim and Kohima made it to the smart city list for the first time at 18th and 24th positions, respectively.