Nagaland: Kohima colony embraces ‘digitization’ through GIS mapping

Nagaland: Kohima colony embraces ‘digitization’ through GIS mapping

KOHIMA, June 19: The Officers’ Hill Youth Organisation (OHYO) of Kohima town has became the first colony of Nagaland that launched the colony Geographic Information System (GIS Map), an online app website with a digital database at Kohima and the map is a first initiative in Nagaland to enable smart urban planning where users can visit to access the location of houses in the Officers’ Hill Colony.

The website was officially launched by Kohima Deputy Commissioner Rajesh Soudararanjan as the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour Khrielakuo Sekhose, the Chairman, Officers’ Hill Colony Council yesterday.

Termed as a ”zero budget community project,’ as a “giant slum for its unplanned urban set up,” said Yanpvuo Kikon, the brain child of budget community project,’ the mapping was completed using the human resource available within the colony.

As the concept of maps is completely new to Naga society, outsiders view to behind the project necessitating the mapping. Pointing out the futility of house numbers if it does not serve the purpose, Kikon noted that house numbers of colony are of little help if the numbers cannot be used to find out the House number in the map.


To solve this, a GIS mapping team of 22 members were formed who identified 996 households in the colony and the mapping was completed in three weeks.

With the help of the GIS Department, which provided a drone image of the colony, the youth volunteers visited households to physically mark the latitudes and longitude of each house. Further a digital database was created using mapping coordinates and integrated with the Google earth software.

Besides the easy access for citizens to locate places, the GIS mapping will also benefit the police, administration, city planners as well as enable convenience of delivery of commodities. According to the OHYO, the initiative aims to provide a solution to the challenges faced by citizens, businesses and Government in an unplanned and unorganized city like Kohima.

The initiative was conceptualized over the existing house numbering system with a vision to use available GIS mapping technology.

Kohima DC Soudararanjan said termed the GIS mapping initiative as “a model for Nagaland,” and believed that it will ‘definitely prepare for the Smart City we are aiming for,’ and called for building the initiative into a synergy between what “we have established today and what we will establish tomorrow,” according to an OHYO statement.


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