Nagpur: The Maharashtra Government, in line with Government of India’s ‘Skill India’ initiative, has decided to set up Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) on the Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communications Expressway. Senior government officials say the move is aimed to skill the people in the backward areas of the State through which the 706-km Expressway will pass.
The hi-speed road will pass through backward and drought-hit districts of Akola, Buldhana, Yavatmal, Wardha, Washim, Beed, Latur, Hingoli, Jalna, Nanded, Parbhani, Osmanabad and Nagpur rural.
The Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway or the Maharashtra Prosperity Corridor comprises an 8-lane Expressway with 23 townships that dot it, which navigate through 354 villages across the 10 districts of the state. “First concentration will be to establish ITIs and to create skills which are required for getting jobs in that particular area and not what we do everywhere,” said a high ranking official. The ITIs will be built on the 23 townships that will come up on the Expressway. ITIs are post-secondary schools across the country which provide technical training in various trades including tool & die maker, fitter, turner, machinist, electrician, wireman, motor vehicle mechanic, etc. The non-engineering trades include stenography, cutting & sewing, fruit & vegetable processing, etc.
The official further said, “The real objective of the Expressway is not about hi-speed travel, what is more significant is the agro-development in 20 districts. Along with that we want to skill the people of the backward and drought-hit areas. If not farming they can learn and get employment in the nodes.”