A delegation of the Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture (CMIA) on Thursday made representation to Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi, raising various demands, including granting an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for Aurangabad. The delegation also presented Marathwada vision document to the minister. Union ministers Anant Geete, Raosaheb Danve, MPs Ashok Chavan, Rajkumar Dhoot, Rajiv Satav, Sunil Gaikwad and others were also present.
While terming the demand for an IIM for Aurangabad justified, Gadkari assured the delegation of his full support. He said he would coordinate a meeting with HRD minister in this respect.
The CMIA delegation informed the Union minister that land is available for setting up an IIM in Walmi area. While discussing Marathwada's infrastructure, the Union minister said the work of the National Highway-211 would be inaugurated on August 26 and asked the delegation to send a request for including Aurangabad ring-road in the NH-211 project. He also promised that a dry port for hassle-free export formalities would be established between Aurangabad and Jalna, if 500 acres of land is made available for it.
He also assured of resolving the issue of steel industry regarding the clearance of unshredded imported scrap at container depot at Maliwada. Gadkari said a 4-lane road between Kalyan and Nanded is also under active consideration. MP Danve requested the Union transport minister to focus on these issues for the development of Marathwada. MP Ashok Chavan said all the issues raised by the CMIA are important and all the MPs from the region should pursue them with the Centre.
The 25-member delegation was comprised of CMIA president Munish Sharma, secretary Ritesh Mishra, industrialists Ram Bhogale, Mukund Bhogale, Ashish Pokarna, Gurpreetsingh Bagga, Adeshpalsingh Chabbda, Dr Ulhas Gawali, Anil Bhalerao, Sarita Garware, Ashish Garde, Milind Kank, Mukund Kulkarni and others.