Nashik: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre will be in the district today to lay the foundation stone for a cold storage at Lasalgaon and a state-of-the-art fully air-conditioned busport at Mela stand in Nashik.
Guardian minister Girish Mahajan, state tourism minister Jaykumar Rawal and state transport minister Divakar Raote will also remain present.
Before their departure to Nashik at 2.30 pm, Railway Minister Prabhu will arrive at Lasalgaon at around 12.30 pm today and perform bhoomipujan of the cold storage unit for storage of onions and other perishable produce at 1.00 pm. Prabhu on the occasion will also attend a function for giving official halt to Kamayani Express train at Lasalgaon station.
“The foundation stone for the cold storage will be laid jointly by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tomorrow (July 30),” said Central Railway chief PRO Sunil Udasi in a release.
The cold storage will benefit farmers and reduce spoilages by 35 per cent, he said.
The cold storage unit will have a total capacity of 2500 MT, of which 1500 MT will be exclusively utilised for onion storage and the rest for other perishable commodities such as fruits and vegetables.
“This cold storage will be a boon for the farmers of the area, especially the onion growers,” Udasi said.
WR’s chief PRO Ravinder Bhakar said the cold storage is being set up as a CSR project by CONCOR (Container Corporation of India), a Railway undertaking, at a cost of Rs 5 crore.
“The facility will be maintained by Lasalgaon, Vibhag Cooperative Purchase and Sale Union Ltd,” Bhakar.
CM Fadnavis to lay foundation stone for high-tech busport in Nashik
Featuring top-of-the-line amenities similar to that of airports, a state-of-the-art busport will be a reality in Nashik as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will today (July 30) perform bhoomipujan of a fully air-conditioned busport at 3.30 pm at Mela stand here.
The CM will be accompanied by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, Guardian minister Girish Mahajan and state transport minister Divakar Raote.
The ministers are also scheduled to visit Swami Samarth Kendra, Dindori at 5.00 pm.
The Mela stand to be transformed into an advanced busport on a 55,000 square feet built-up area will be the first busport of its kind in the state, said MLA Devyani Farande.
The government has sanctioned Rs 14 crore for the proposed high-tech busport project, to be built, for the first time with the help of a private architect. A tender will be floated for the project, official sources say.
The design for the proposed busport project has been prepared by well known architect Prashant Kulkarni who had designed layout for Polytechnic Jain Vidyalay, Chinchwad and for Maharashtra Education Society.
This modern busport with all the advanced facilities and amenities will be given the look of a temple to preserve mythological and historical importance of Nashik.
The inaugural function will also be graced by MSRTC vice president and MD Ranjit Singh Deol, MP Harishchandra Chavan, MP Hemant Godse, MLA Balasaheb Sanap and MLA Seema Hiray among other dignitaries.