Kohima: The Kohima Municipal Council (KMC), on Wednesday, became the first Urban Local Body (ULB) in the state to go digital with the launch of online KMC services—ekmc portal by Neikesalie Kire, advisor of Urban development & Municipal affairs, at the Kohima Smart City office in Kohima.

During the launch, Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL) CEO Er K Theünuo said that through the smart city mission, Kohima is taking steps to introduce online digital systems by using the latest available software technology with the aim to propel the city and the state to become a leader in e-Governance, ultimately becoming a digital society and a digital government.

With the introduction of eKMC, he said the citizens can apply for KMC services such as trade licence, sales permit, temporary permit, advertisement permit, residential certificate. “This is a complete end-to-end online system, so that citizens and local entrepreneurs can apply for these services from anywhere and at any time,” he said.

He informed that the KMC office will also be able to process and approve applications completely online. The approved licenses and certificates will also be digital, but payments can be done both online and offline as per the convenience of the applicant.

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At a time when the world was in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he said that the smart city team continued to work despite all the challenges of the project undertaken through the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) project.

He informed that the ICCC project comprises the state-of-the-art control center along with field components such as smart street lights, automated traffic management systems, environment sensors, city surveillance CCTVs and the e-Governance module in the form of eKMC.

Along with KSCDL, he said that the National Informatics Centre (NIC) has developed additional services for KMC through their service plus platform which will be integrated to the eKMC as a single window system.

G Lorin, an officer from the NIC, informed that its utility services and citizen grievance services are pilot programmes for the Kohima municipal council and were built as per the requirement of the KMC. 

While the citizen’s grievance online service is meant for all ULBs, he said that it has so far been activated only for Kohima.  

An official from the KSCDL said that with the launch of the KMC online services, it hopes to minimize the city’s ecological footprint and enable the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB).

Meanwhile, advisor to the department of urban development & Municipal affairs, Neikesalie Kire, while launching the portal, acknowledged the contributions of people towards a positive change in Kohima city.

He hoped that the online services will ease the lives of the younger generation in contributing towards society. Kire also took the stage to share his desire to make Chumoukedima, one of the newly-created districts, as a municipal council, highlighting that it can become a sustainable city.

Kohima Smart City to support other municipalities

As he lauded the KMC for the proactive role taken from the design phase to the training, capacity building and implementation, and towards becoming the first municipality in Nagaland to go digital, Theünuo encouraged other ULBs to also open online services.

“Kohima smart city is also more than happy to provide the knowledge and support to other municipalities with our best practices. We hope that other cities in Nagaland and North East will also take this opportunity to learn the best practices from Kohima smart city as we all aspire and strive towards becoming truly smart cities under the Smart Cities Mission,” he assured.

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