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Saturday, December 03, 2005

nashik calling

Sri Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the Krishi-2005 exhibition in Nashik on 30th November – the exhibition will go on till the 5th December. Last year, nearly 15 lakh farmers visited the exhibition from neighboring states.

Yes, Nashik the grape country is calling for attention. 18 out of the 36 wineries are located in Nashik district. The persistent clouds in Nasik over the last week have the grape farmers worried – such climate harms the crops and, due to increased use of insecticides, the crops lose their shine and lustre. These affect the final product and also their export potentials. Most of the 2000 odd containers are exported to Russia, China and European countries – efforts are on to include Pakistan among the clientele.

The Government of India press, one of the oldest organizations of Nashik, celebrates its golden jubilee this year – it was inaugurated on 31st October 1955. It was sanctioned in the first five-year plan and undertakes printing of Government stationery.

The population of Nashik has crossed 10 lakhs and important facilities have been set-up like Engineering, Medical and Ayurveda colleges. The flyover on the Nashik-Pune highway has reduced congestion to a large extent and eased the movement of traffic between Nashik and Pune. The widening of main roads and their relaying has been welcome by all residents as also the four-laning of the Agra-Mumbai highway NH-3. The recent air linking of Nashik to Mumbai and Nagpur by Deccan Air has come at a very appropriate time. There used to be a link between Nashik and Mumbai way back in the eighties operated by Indian Airlines but it had to be withdrawn because of inadequate patronage. However, the Nasik of today has changed tremendously and an air link was necessary. Also, with the proposed cargo hub and a container terminal planned adjacent to the airport, the unloading of consignments here will ease the load on Mumbai.

Sri Sharad Pawar, the Agriculture Minister and the newly elected President of BCCI will inaugurate the newly constructed facilities of the Nashik District Cricket Association in the Golf Club grounds for the forthcoming Ranji Trophy matches. And – one more swimming pool is being constructed in the CIDCO area (Ashwin sector) – this will be the third one after the Veer Sawarkar swimming club on Trimbak Road and the international level swimming club at Nasik Road. All these endear Nashik to its residents.

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