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The Maharashtra government is steering Gadchiroli towards becoming a prominent steel hub, capitalizing on the district’s superior quality iron ore, with plans to surpass Jamshedpur’s status in the coming years. Additionally, Nagpur is undergoing significant infrastructure development, with a focus on transforming into a logistics capital and a tourist hub while prioritizing ecological sustainability.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, in an interview, outlined ambitious plans for Nagpur’s development, aiming to elevate it to one of the top three cities in India across all aspects. Over the past decade, projects totaling ₹1 lakh crore have been initiated to enhance the city’s infrastructure, including the introduction of Metro Rail, cement roads, flyovers, and railway bridges. Efforts are also directed towards ensuring environmental sustainability, with the aim of making Nagpur pollution-free in the near future.

Gadkari’s vision for Nagpur extends to establishing it as the logistics capital of India, with initiatives such as the inauguration of the Sindi dry port in Wardha and the development of a new logistics park adjacent to the port. The city’s potential as an aviation hub is also being realized, with multiple MROs opening at Mihan. Furthermore, plans are in place to construct an international-level agro-convention center to accommodate 3,000 persons.

The minister emphasized the significance of the bamboo industry in Vidarbha, with plans to leverage the abundant bamboo resources for economic growth. Bamboo-based products ranging from ethanol and CNG to furniture and clothing hold promise for boosting the region’s economy and benefiting tribals and farmers.

Addressing financial challenges faced by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), innovative projects such as the Orange City Street project and initiatives for sewage water treatment are generating revenue streams for the civic body. Additionally, collaborations with international partners, such as the Netherlands-based SusBDe, are facilitating waste management projects aimed at reducing carbon footprint and generating revenue for NMC.

On the infrastructure front, the NHAI is spearheading transformative projects, including the construction of the Zojila tunnel, Asia’s longest tunnel, and numerous tunnels across the state to enhance connectivity and promote tourism. Ropeway projects, particularly in tourist destinations like Badrinath and Kedarnath, are also underway to facilitate convenient travel experiences.

Overall, the Maharashtra government’s proactive approach towards development underscores its commitment to fostering economic growth, enhancing infrastructure, and promoting sustainability in Gadchiroli and Nagpur.

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