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Kohima Smart City takes safe streets challenge to the road

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By Eastern Mirror Updated: Oct 22, 2020 7:25 pm
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Dimapur,  Oct 22 (EMN): The Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL) organised an “Impromptu Street Friendly Activities Competition” for joggers and pedestrians in the Raj Bhavan area on October 22 in Kohima to ‘ inspire cities to create walking friendly streets through quick measures,’ as part of “Open Street Campaign under the Streets for People Challenge.”

‘The Streets for People Challenge is an initiative of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to inspire cities to create walking friendly streets through quick measures, in response to Covid-19,’ a press release on Thursday from Kovi Meyase, CEO of Kohima Smart City Development Limited, stated.

‘The Open Street campaign is aimed at creating awareness among citizens on the importance of having safe and healthy streets and open spaces,’ it stated.    

“Come dawn or dusk every day, people of all ages are seen around Raj Bhavan area jogging, walking, exercising, playing football, and people walking their pets. It has grown into a fitness destination for many citizens in Kohima town. The Kohima Smart City decided to take the Open Street Campaign to the area and hold some impromptu random events and create awareness on safe and healthy streets.”

Despite the foggy weather and light rain, the updates stated, several joggers, fitness enthusiasts, and a few walking their pets and a group of boys kicking a football were already in the area and the “weather cleared up just long enough for the impromptu events,” the press release stated.

‘Apart from a few who appeared a little shy and hesitant, the younger joggers including children enthusiastically participated in the events. The event included a 500 m sprint for men, women and children and 30 seconds push up challenge for men and children.’

During the event, the KSCDL officials explained briefly about the challenge and “the need for citizen support in the campaign,” and then gave away token cash prizes.

The press release informed that more open street campaigns would be organised in the weeks ahead with the theme  “Let’s make our streets safe, healthy and happy spaces” for all.

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By Eastern Mirror Updated: Oct 22, 2020 7:25:34 pm