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Sunday, December 18, 2005

nashik in the news

Nashik has at long last come on the cricket scene – A Ranji trophy match is right now underway between Maharastra and Tamil Nadu. It has taken 23 years to get back this honor – way back in 1974, Sunil Gavaskar was injured by a ball from Salgaonkar since matting wickets were in use in those days. Nashik has, since, got a turf wicket; hence, has earned the opportunity to host this match. Hopefully, in future, Nashik will be considered as one more venue for ODIs.

NIMA, the central body of industries in Nashik, will be holding an exhibition from 25th January to 30th January to showcase the present industrial scenario of Nashik. They are considering having a permanent infrastructure for the display of products that the various manufacturing units churn out. This could come up in Vilholi or Pathardi. In addition, once the cargo terminal near Ojhar airport becomes operational by August-2006, it will give a boost to the region. It may be noted that the Nashik-Mumbai-Pune triangle contributes to 70 percent of the revenue collected by the State Government.

The proposal for a railway link between Nashik and Pune is slowly gathering momentum. As estimated 50,000 travel between the two cities by the State Transport and other buses while another 10,000 travel by road using private cars. This puts a tremendous load on NH-50 that links the two. Hence there is a genuine need for a rail link.

Another proposal is for a bird sanctuary in Nandur-Madhmeshwar. It seems nearly 230 varieties of birds have been sighted here over the years besides more than hundred types of herbs and innumerable fishes. It is a favorite picnic spot and, with upgradation of facilities, could attract bird watchers.

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