Why is Kohima ranked as the 2nd most unlivable city in India?

Yanpvuo Yanfo Kikon

Never too late to improve our beloved city and save our embarrassment through a collaborative effort from all sections of the society... Sorom ase de...  

The facade of this beautiful city is getting deteriorated with CGI sheet skyscrapers, huge abandoned half-constructed buildings, endless potholes, piles of garbage, broken footpaths & infinite traffic jams ... Signs of a collapsed city with little care by its inhabitants.  

Urban habitats cannot be regulated & managed by Rural Laws; urban habitats need Urban Regulations for which the Municipal Act must be implemented along with the enforcement of Nagaland Building Bye-Laws. Among others, the government should not cooperate with those who don’t cooperate with the government in terms of terms of benefits such as electricity, water supply, connectivity etc.  

Not just KMC, but the fault is shared by all of us, by becoming a selfish people who live in a dreamland of lifestyle & fashion while our economy, society, towns & cities crumble from within. Time to wake up and face reality!   If we really try & give our best efforts we can make Kohima sparkling clean and beautiful like Aizawl & Shillong. Let’s learn to accept the truth by looking around us and work towards making Kohima shine again.  

David Jamir

I am not from Kohima but every time I visited, I didn't like it. First, it is the capital, but filthy. Infrastructure is whatever and lacks serious planning. Roads you know. This report must stir our political and municipality leaders to evaluate and develop strategies and rectify - vision and planning; timetable; and deciding who is in charge. Accountability framework should follow. No quick fix here but planning. Aim high and shoot straight my motto.  

Hopong Naga

Kohima is apparently not administered by government-appointed officers nor does urban governance really exist there... Just some bunch of people or organization giving directions and controlling the administration (indirectly) because of unexplainable reason.  

People go to Kohima just because it's a capital and to do their office work... Because of the Hornbill Festival and War Cemetery... We don't really have a concern about the capital anymore... I wish, we could work together to make our capital better instead of blaming the people there and just because you are not from that place... At the end of the day, it's our capital.  

Tehomeli Phom

It's a collective responsibility and collective failure in our side as well. The government headed by the CM & CS and the department incharge of the municipality can do a proper planning in future and do some programs like sensitizations and seminars to the public about taking care of public properties and proper waste management.  

We are lacking in proper planning as well as in civic sense.  


By the way, when will the Municipal Councillors, who will look after Kohima Town cleanliness, be elected? Until such time, we may not see much improvement in civic sense and waste management. Women – ethno-markers of customary laws, the cause of conflicts!  

Some customary laws are cost-effective, some are gender biased, some gender neutral. But with the passage of time, customary laws do change. For example, women cannot own land or landed property according to some customary laws. But today, if women work hard and buy land or landed property, who can stop her? Or a young Angami damsel cannot grow her hair until marriage is no longer practiced, the list goes on. Customary laws are the culprit in implementing 33% reservation for women in Municipals Election. But to me, it is purely a political agenda of political parties.  

Khotuo Yhome

Please bear with me to share my opinion. I expect all participants here are educated members of our society. So let us discuss positive things to surmount this awful tag of shame, collectively without tribalism and irrational bias. I am an Angami from Kohima village and I love my village as much as you love yours. My mother is from Pfutsero and I love her village equally. I don't approve unqualified arrogance of any community in hampering the authority of the governing body. The Naga society is yet to evolve socially and politically to brave the challenges of today. The detestable arrogance of all so called locals is not just a Kohima problem... it's all over Nagaland. For the failure of Kohima, I blame myself, my village and my community, and also the inhabitants of the city of all hue and colour. The inhabitants of Kohima town are lacking the crucial "Sense of Belonging" and placing the blame upon the State and Local Governing bodies. Unless we change our mindset, shifting the capital is not going to change anything. We need to think bigger, wider, and positively.