Kohima and Namchi became the latest additions from the Northeast to the Smart City list. Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu released the third list of smart cities on Tuesday. Kohima and Namchi featured in this list of 27 cities. Guwahati and Imphal had featured in the first and second list respectively.
Smart City Mission
Under this programme, central government plans to develop hundred cities all over the country making them citizen friendly and sustainable. The Union Ministry of Urban Development is responsible for implementing the mission in collaboration with the state governments of the respective cities. The Union Ministry of Urban Development is responsible for implementing the mission in collaboration with the state governments of the respective cities.
Kohima, which is the capital of Nagaland is one of the three municipal towns in the State. As of 2001 India census, Kohima had a population of 78,584. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Kohima has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. Hornbill Festival which had started in 2000 is one of the major attractions of the city. Kohima is connected via airways or railways. However, the place is connected with roads as National Highway 2 and 29 are passing through the city.
Namchi is the district headquarters of South Sikkim district in Sikkim. It is situated 78 kms from state capital Gangtok. Namchi is well connected to other towns in Sikkim and West Bengal. Jeeps and buses regularly ply between Namchi to Gangtok, Pelling, Jorethang, Kalimpong and Siliguri. As of 2011 census, Namchi has a population of 12,194. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Namchi has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. Namchi is known for well known private schools like Mt. Carmel School, Namchi Public School, Bethany School etc. The place is known for offering a magnificent view of Mt. Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world.