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Kohima: With just about a week left for the closedown on the Ease of Living (EoL) index assessment for citizen participation survey, Kohima till date has managed to obtain the 28th spot out of the 100 smart cities. According to the data provided by the office of the Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL) on Thursday, out of a target of 1,076, a total of 1,765 was achieved which tallies to 164.03% being achieved so far.

This was announced by KSCDL CEO Kovi Meyase during a press conference on Thursday. While 30% of the assessment criteria will be based on citizen perception survey, Meyase said that the participation from the citizens is likely to increase before the deadline of February 29.

Appealing citizens to participate in the survey, Meyase said that developmental activities/projects under the Kohima Smart City mission will also depend on the feedback submitted by the citizens – be it a positive or a negative feedback. While 70% of the total assessment will be based on data provided by the nodal departments, he revealed that 14 state departments have positively responded to the call, the last date for which was February 14, and without any exaggeration of information.

CEO Kovi Meyase (left) handing over Kohima Smart City Car stickers to the general secretary of Kohima Buses Union at his office on Thursday

Targeting all sections of society, from students to senior citizens, street vendors, and so on, Meyase said that it is equally important to focus on all groups by creating awareness about the city and their contributions to towards it.

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While eight colleges were also sensitised about the programme, wall painting competitions are underway for all 19 wards in the city. Based on the vision of Kohima Smart City, top three winners of the wall painting competition will be rewarded with cash incentives. The assessment of the painting competition will be held on February 26.

Meyase also highlighted about the ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) initiative to award three national winners from the citizen perception survey. Twenty-five citizens from 114 cities will be randomly selected through computer generated algorithm for felicitation. These 2,850 lucky winners will be awarded with Rs 1,000 gift voucher and an opportunity to interact with the city mayor/commissioner on important issues related to the city.

The assessment of the painting competition will be held on February 26 and top three winners will be awarded with cash incentives

Through computer generated algorithm, one citizen out of 25 selected winners from each of 114 cities will be randomly selected (one citizen from each city, that is, 114 citizens) to identify national winners. Out of the selected 114 citizens, three national winners will be randomly identified through computer generated algorithm and will be awarded with Rs 25,000 cash prize. These national winners will be felicitated at the 4th Apex Conference of Smart cities to be held at Surat in June.

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