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Saturday, December 10, 2005

updates on nashik

A luxury train on the lines of the Palace on Wheels called the Deccan Odyssey is attracting foreign tourists. Still in its infancy, it begins its journey from Mumbai and passes through Ganapatipule, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Sawantwadi (in Konkan), Kolhapur, Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik and finally on to Mumbai. More details can be had at –

http://www.deccan-odyssey-india.com/

The State Government plans to link Nagpur and Aurangabad with the golden triangle of Mumbai-Pune-Nashik. The first phase will be to connect Nagpur with Aurangabad, Sinnar and Ghoti – for this purpose the existing roads will have to be improved upon. The proposed road will touch Nashik. The Mumbai-Pune-Nashik-Mumbai golden triangle was announced several years back – the reason was to improve connectivity and, obviously, improve associated business potentials.

The Nashik run is held since January 2003 helps to collect funds to help out charitable causes. The General Manager of MICO conceived it. The organizers of the 4 Kms. long run claims that in the first year, there were 2500 participants and the amount collected was around 14 lakhs, the next year, the number of participants increased to 8000 and collection was 57 lakhs. In 2005, there were 10,000 participants and the amount collected was in the region of 90 lakhs. The money collected is spent only on the charitable causes and the administrative costs are borne by local industrial houses. Most importantly, the trust keeps clear of the interference of politicians and religious organizations.

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