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Nagaland: Kohima ranked 10th among 100 smart cities

KOHIMA: In the Data Maturity Assessment Framework 2.0, Kohima was ranked on 10th out of 100 smart cities and was certified as ‘Enabled.’

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs stated this on Friday 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 to make the top ten and it is shared for tenth place with two other cities.

In February 2019, the Smart Cities Mission launched the Data Smart Cities Strategy, which serves as a roadmap for using data to address difficult urban challenges in 100 cities.

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To ensure the success of this initiative, 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.

It was also based on 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.

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Preparation of a draft city data policy, a dedicated open city data portal, and data analysis on essential datasets in areas such as water, air, mobility, and disaster are only a few of Kohima’s activities towards this framework. Data coordinators were also appointed in state departments and a few civil society organisations.

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

Another assessment of cities regarding climate change preparedness was also released during the occasion. In this, Kohima was rated 2 Stars out of maximum 5 Stars in the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0.

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