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Kohima’s inclusion among smart cities greeted by people

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Jubilation marked Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland as it was included among the third list of 27 cities to be taken up as Smart City announced by the Centre on Tuesday.

Nagaland Parliamentary Secretary for Municipal Affairs, R Tohanba termed the inclusion of Kohima into the Smart Cities list as great achievement .

We are very happy and proud to be listed for the project, he said.

He also attributed the achievement to cooperation and support of the people of state capital, including Naga Mothers Association, Naga Students Federation and citizens of Kohima village under whose jurisdiction Kohima city falls.

Acknowledging central government for selecting Kohima for the smart city project, he expressed hope of reaching the citizens with improved infrastructure and facilities.

Under the project, the city will have facilities such as assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management systems, improved transportation, IT connectivity, e-governance, better security, public parks among others.

As part of the project each city will receive central assistance of Rs.200 crore in the first year and Rs.100 crore over the three subsequent financial years.

State governments and respective urban local bodies will also match the centre s contribution.

The government aims to transform about 100 cities by 2019-20.