Work on river link, railway project to be started soon, announce Fadnavis, Prabhu


Nashik : Work on Nar-Par, Damanganga-Pinjal river link projects and railway factory which will provide impetus to industrial development of Nashik will be started soon, announced Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu here yesterday.

Chief Minister Fadnavis and Railway Minister Prabhu were present for bhoomipoojan (land worship) ceremony of proposed Mela bus stand. While informing that river link project and proposed railway factory on 250 acres of land at Nashik Road will be started soon, they informed about their current status.

Transport Minister Divakar Raote, Union Minister of Defence for State Dr. Subhash Bhamre, District Guardian Minister Girish Mahajan, Union Minister of State for Rural Development Dada Bhuse, Tourism Minister Jaykumar Raval, MP Harishchandra Chavan, MP Hemant Godse, ZP chairperson Shital Sangle, Mayor Ranajana Bhansi, MLA Balasaheb Sanap, Seema Hiray, Devyani Pharande, vice chairman of MSRTC Ranjitsingh Deol, former MLA Manikrao Kokate, corporator Satish Kulkarni, Shivaji Gangurde, Dinkar Patil, Sambhaji Moruskar, divisional MSRTC controller Yamini Joshi, Laxman Savji and Vijay Sane were present on dais.

While expressing his views after bhoomipoojan ceremony, MP Hemant Godse made Chief Minister Fadnavis and Union Railway Minister Prabhu aware with delayed development projects in the district. He lamented over delay in completion of Nar-Par and Damanganga river link projects and proposed railway factory on 250 acres of land at Nashik Road and demanded that this projects should be declared as national projects.

Replying to this, the Chief Minister in his speech informed about the projects. State had given up-to-date report to the Centre for water-link projects. As water to be heading to Gujarat from Nar-Par and Damanganga water link project will be diverted to Godavari basin, around 20-25 TMC water will resolve water shortage in Nashik and Marathwada. It will cost Rs. 10,000-12,000 crore. State government asked central government to bear all the cost. A meeting was held thereafter and technical discussions over the water-link project was held, he informed further.

Minister Suresh Prabhu mentioned about proposed railway projects at Nashik. Nashik and Pune are important cities. Railway has undertaken a work to connect them, but considering rapid industrial development at Nashik, formalities to set up railway factory at Nashik Road are in final stage. Industries at Nashik will get impetus due to this factory. Pending factory at Nashik will be started soon. A railway transport system will be made between Nashik-Mumbai railway route wherein vegetables from Nashik will reach railway station at Mumbai earlier and will be sold there at station itself, he informed.

Transport Minister Divakar Raote made a demand with Prabhu to transfer railway land at Kasara for construction of bus stand there. MLA Devyani Pharande in her introductory speech drew the Chief Minister’s attention to traffic problems in Nashik and asked the government to resolve flood line and parking lot problems in Nashik.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Fadnavis announced to install integrated CCTV system at Nashik in August, to set up of central control cell for city traffic control, to resolve flood line problems of Godavari and Nasardi rivers and to set up fibre optic network in the city.