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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Nagpur ---the heart of the country

RIGHT  in the centre of the map of INDIA.
THE  heart of the country. yes the zero mile here is the 0 mile of India.

Nagpur is located at the exact centre of Indian Peninsula  The city has a Zero Mile  stone locating the geographical centre of India, which was used by the British to measure all distances within the Indian subcontinent.

When in school I would at times think why don't they make it the capital of the country !!!  centrally located ,sprawlling ,beautifull surroundings  everything that one needs to make a city a capital.

But the authorities knew better. or thought different.
They did make it the winter capital of Maharashtra  though.
It used to be the capital of the old province of C.P.and Berar later on when the state was divided into Madhya Pradesh and Maharshtra   [this included old Bombay state] Bombay became the capital of Maharashtra with  Bhopal becoming the capital of  Madhya Pradesh  But  nagpur could't be denied its value and importance and it was made the Winter Capital of Maharashtra 

Its got rich mineral resources and dense forests around it .
It was a bit sleepy and a typically middle class town but now it is fast on the tracks of becoming a mod city .
It has a good past to boast about .
Foundation laid by the GOND king of DEOGAD   BAKHT BULAND SHAH in 1702.It gets its name from the Nag river which flows through it.

It has received an award for being the cleanest and most perfectly planned city in India  and also the 2nd greenest city in the country  According to a survey by ABP News-Ipsos, Nagpur has been identified as the best city in India by topping the liveability, greenery,public transport, and health care indices. Nagpur has the best literacy rate, 93.13%, among cities with more than 20 lakhs population in India. It is famous for the Orange fruit  and is known as the "Orange City" for being a major trade centre of oranges cultivated in the region.

.Nagpur is also called the "Tiger Capital of India as it connects many tiger reserves in India to the world.

Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (Maharashtra 
Pench National Park
Nagzira-Navegaon Tiger Reserve (Maharashtra
Melghat Tiger Reserve (Maharashtra)
Bor Tiger Reserve (Maharashtra

 It is among the important cities for the information technology sector in Maharashtra. Nagpur is located in the centre of the country with the Zero Mile marker indicating the geographical centre of India.Nagpur is an important city for the Indian armed forces. Maintenance Command of Indian Air Force has its current headquarter at Vayusena Nagar in Nagpur. It houses Mi-8 helicopters and the IAF carriers IL-76 and handles the maintenance, repair, and operations of all aircraft, helicopters and other equipment.
The ordnance factory and staff college of ordnance factory Ambajhari and National Academy of Defence Production for Group A officer of ordnance factories are in the western part of the city. The 'raison d'être' for Kamptee, the military cantonment, is still operational. Kamptee Cantonment houses the Officers Training Academy for National Cadets Corps, which is the only one of its kind. It is also the home of one of the oldest and most respected regiments in the Indian Army, the Brigade of the Guards. Guards, located at Kampthee 
Though nothing to brag about it is also the 114th largest city in the world.

The Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) is a project for the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur. It is the biggest economical development project currently underway in India in terms of investments. The project aims to exploit the central location of Nagpur and convert the airport into a major cargo hub with integrated road and rail connectivity. This project consists of two parts:
In 2013, ABP News-Ipsos declared Nagpur the country's best city for health care services. The city is home to numerous hospitals, some run by the government and some private. Nagpur is a health hub for Central India & caters to a large geographical area arbitrarily bounded by Delhi in the North, Calcutta in the East, Mumbai-Pune in the West and Hyderabad in the South. People from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana regularly come to Nagpur for their health needs.Nagpur boasts of super-specialty physicians & surgeons serving its population in both public sector government run hospitals and well equipped private hospitals catering to all strata of society.
The plan to bring   AIIMS  to Nagpur is the latest feather in the cap of Nagpur health care services.
And now about the connectivity of the city to the rest of the country Nagpur is a major junction for roadways as India's two major National Highways Kanyakumari Varanasi Highway ( Natinal highway No 7)  and Hajira --Kolkata  (National Highway No 6 )), pass through the city. One more highway ( highway No 69),  connects Nagpur to Obaidullaganj near Bhopal. Nagpur is at the junction of two Asian Highways namely AH 43  Agra toMatara, Sri Lanka and AH46 connecting Kharagpur, India to Dhule, India.
The new state highway, Nagpur–Aurangabad–Mumbai express highway, built on the national highway basis is also sanctioned by the state and central government. This highway connects the state capital Mumbai to Nagpur via Aurangabad and significantly reduces the distance travelled by NH 6 and NH 3 between two cities.

I would like to take all of you on a little bit of armchair tourism   and we go.........

HEY WELCOME  I am here to receive you.

 this is Nagpur Airport photo credit wikipedia 

and this is the railway station---whichever suits you .( photo credit wikipedia)

This is where battles are won and lost The Vidhrbha Cricket Association ground ( picture credit Indianholidays,co,uk

(these three pictures are taken from the internet and I have no right on them )

But no -the best way to know about a city is to use its roads, because this will acquaint you with the real city the day to day activities , the kind of people who stay here and once you travel on the roads and see for yourselves the truth about the city you will know why I am advocating its promotion . I will hand you the keys of my Tata Indica V2 and you can see for yourself you can judge and then form your opinion about my city NAGPUR.

The picture below is of the roads we tread on daily and its taken from my moving Tata Indica you can see partially the bonnet of my car its Ocean Blue in colour the second picture shows you the  Ganesh statue on the dashboard of my car . No the car parked ahead is  not  mine though it is also a Tata Indica same colour All these pictures are taken from my moving car and
they are all clicked from a cell phone.

                      the roads we tread on daily

                         parks for children and elderly dot the city

                                  Our Pavements


our architecture 

this is where Ram Sita and Lakshmana are supposed to have halted on their way to the woods for

hope you enjoyed the tour folks and hope Nagpur has impressed you enough to spend  your next vacation here ---be my guest friends . the link to this post 

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