Nagaland: Kohima features among top 10 ‘smart cities’ of India

Nagaland, June 27: Kohima was ranked 10th out of 100 smart cities and was certified as ‘Enabled’ in the Data Maturity Assessment Framework 2.0.

As per reports, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on Friday made the announcement during the sixth-anniversary celebrations of the Smart City Mission, AMRUT, and PMAY (Urban) in New Delhi.

Kohima is the only Smart City in the North East region that made it to the top ten and shared the position with two other cities.

The Smart Cities Mission launched the Data-Smart Cities Strategy in February 2019 as a roadmap for harnessing the potential to address complex urban challenges across 100 cities.

The Data Maturity Assessment Framework was also launched to encourage cities to strengthen their data infrastructure and facilitate them in assessing their readiness and maturity on data.

The DMAF Cycle 2 was analysed based on the presence of robust policy mechanisms in the city around data governance, empowerment, protection, collaboration, and innovation, as well as the presence of empowered city officials who guide the development of city data policies, manage data governance, drive inter-departmental and inter-agency data exchange and build city-data alliances.

Additionally, the efficiency of the city’s data collection, usage, management, security, privacy, empowerment, collaboration, and innovation processes, as well as the quality and robustness of the city’s information and communications technology infrastructure, which included digital platforms, sensors, IoT devices, data exchanges, big data and artificial intelligence, and quality of outcomes around data-driven governance, ease of living, ease of doing business, collaboration and innovation in the city was also analyzed.

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It also appointed data coordinators in state departments and few civil society organizations.

One critical and notable aspect of Kohima regarding the process pillar is that most of the data are with the individual departments.

The willingness of departments to share data with Kohima Smart City was appreciated.

The continued proactive participation of various departments and citizens will be necessary to make Kohima a truly ‘connected’ (top certification level) data smart city, an official statement said.

During the occasion, another assessment of cities regarding climate change preparedness was also released. Kohima has rated 2 Stars out of a maximum of 5 Stars in the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0 in this assessment, stated reports.