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Project Pitch By: Kohima Smart City Development Limited


Proposed Project Title

Nurturing Neighbourhoods of Kohima


Thematic Area

Urban Development from the Early Childhood Development lens (Others)

Sub Thematic Area

Not Applicable

Project Synopsis

The Kohima Smart City Development Ltd. (KSCDL) is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) that was established on 9th March, 2017 to implement projects in Kohima, Nagaland under the Smart Cities Mission. KSCDL works on improving infrastructure, services and other facilities across the city of Kohima. KSCDL participated in the Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge (NNC) hosted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) that aims to incorporate a focus on neighbourhood-level improvements that promote healthy early childhood development (0-5-year-old children). In the first phase of NNC, KSCDL had implemented five pilot projects across three neighbourhoods of Kohima in a span of seven months(April – October, 2021). In the second phase the smart city plans to scale-up similar kinds of interventions across the city by December, 2023. The pilot projects include development of pocket parks, improvisation of major junctions, provision of play spaces within premises of govt. schools and anganwadis. In next phase, development of 19 pocket parks, improvement of 6 major junctions, transformation of 1 city level recreational facility, upgradation of 8 public health centres and 10 govt. school spaces are planned.

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 1.0 Cr - INR 5.0 Cr
Proposed Location
Forest Colony &18 other wards, PHQ & TCP & 6 other junctions , Highland Park

Key Project Partners
Government,Gram Panchayat,Municipal Corporation

Project Status


Beneficiary Type (Primary): Children
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): Women
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 1000 and above Families
Status of Baseline Survey: Already Done

Proposed Project Description

Nurturing Neighborhoods of Kohima: Kohima is located in Nagaland. Being a hilly city, development in Kohima needs to be planned as per the topography. Moreover due to the unique land holding system prevalent in the State, all the land is owned by the tribal communities and it is protected under the Constitution Act Article 371 A. This leaves Kohima Smart City Development Limited & Kohima Municipal Council quite less scope for development. The development carried out in the city is usually with close consultation with all the stakeholders involved.

The Nurturing Neighborhoods Challenge hosted by the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Govt. of India, in collaboration with Bernard van Leer Foundation and with the technical support of WRI India. This Challenge aims to incorporate a focus on neighborhood-level improvements that promote healthy early childhood development (0-5-year-old children) in the planning and management of Indian cities.

There is a scarcity of open spaces around neighborhoods of Kohima and due to limited open spaces the young children don’t have many opportunities to play outdoors. Young children of Kohima have only two major parks, one is ‘Sakhrie Park’ and the other is ‘Highland Park’ both are far away from high children footfall areas making

Hence Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL) identified unused spaces, dumping pockets and residual spaces around steep street turns and corners and envisioned how they can be transformed into safe child friendly pocket parks at neighborhood level which would help in the overall development (brain and motor skills) for young children. These spaces were planned also to provide resting and pause points for care-givers as well.

The need assessment and focused group discussions (FGDs) conducted at neighborhood level helped Kohima Smart City Limited (KSCDL) and Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) identify the under-utilized pocket spaces, and the existing issues infant toddlers and caregivers face in these areas

First major ITC anchor facilities were mapped in the chosen neighborhood. According to the major foot fall of ITC, the priority zoning radius of 300m was taken around those anchor facilities for defining the priority zone. Under the Nurturing Neighbourhood Challenge Kohima Smart City selected 5 pilot projects in three colonies of Kohima. These five pilot projects added play and learning opportunities in existing defunct spaces and also basic amenities for infants, toddlers and caregivers. 

KSCDL also improved two major junctions of the city viz. PHQ & TCP junctions for pedestrians as well as vehicular traffic with a unique Tactical Urbanism approach. Both the junctions have high footfall of pedestrians especially young children and caregivers, it was observed through on ground surveys that caregivers felt unsafe for their toddlers as well as themselves while walking across the junction. There was traffic congestion at both the junctions due to various issues like haphazard parking, jaywalking, informal encroachments, lack of dedicated pedestrian crossings, lack of refuge islands, pedestrian and vehicular conflict etc. After detail analysis of vehicular and pedestrian movement at different time of the day and also during peak hours a comprehensive design was prepared by WRI, India with the help of Traffic Police, Kohima which incorporated dedicated pedestrian crossings, pedestrian signages, residual spaces converted into refuge islands for pedestrian, correct placement of bus stop and shifting of on road parking to decongest the junction and make it safe for all pedestrians, Kohima Smart City plans to permanently improve 6 more junctions across the city of Kohima.

Kohima as a part of scale-up will focus on the following typology of projects:

  • Neighborhood Pocket Park: Kohima Smart City plans to implement one pocket park in all the 19 wards of Kohima
  • Streets & Junctions : Kohima Smart City plans to permanently improve 6 major junctions across Kohima
  • Highland Park & other city level parks: Kohima Smart City plans to activate Highland Park to make it a city level recreational space
  • Naga Hospital & Public Health Centers : Kohima Smart City plans to revitalize 8 Public Health Centers across Kohima
  • Govt. School Open Spaces : Kohima Smart City plans to transform 10 Govt. Schools open spaces across different neighborhoods of Kohima

Kohima also plans to focus on programatizing neighborhood pocket parks in the policy level so that the upcoming master plan is able to incorporate an ITC lens and prepare a play masterplan with potential residual pockets mapped that can be taken up for further development as a part of neighborhood level planning. 



Salient Features

  1. The projects planned for intervention will help in creating a thriving environment for young children to play and learn
  2. These projects will ensure safety for young children and their caregivers
  3. These projects will incorporate important early childhood development amenities like feeding cubicle, diaper change, toilets etc within the scope of work

About Kohima Smart City Development Limited

Smart Cities Project was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on the 25th of June 2015, 100 cities were shortlisted for the Smart City Project out of Which Kohima was one of them (Annexure –I).Kohima got selected as one of the 100 Smart Cities on 20th Sept 2016 during the second round of the competition.

As per the Smart City Mission Guidelines, the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for KSCDL was constituted on 7th March, 2017. The SPV will plan, apprise, approve, release funds, implement, operate, monitor and evaluate the Smart City Development projects.The Kohima Smart City Development Ltd (KSCDL) was incorporated on the 24th of March 2017 under the Companies Act 2013. 

The main objective to be pursued by the company is to promote Kohima city which will provide CORE INFRASTRUCTURE and provide its citizens a decent quality of life, a clean and sustainable environment for a liveable future and application of ‘SMART SOLUTIONS'. The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development. The Smart city plan envisions to Leverage Kohima’s emerging geo-strategic location to foster sustainable community-led development as a regional transit hub for Asian countries complemented by its significant natural and vibrant cultural assets.



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