Following a visit by French Development Agency delegation on March 26, a 14-member Chinese delegation, led by Consul General Zeng Ziyan, paid a goodwill visit to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). The Mayor Pravin Datke, Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Shingare, Maharashtra’s Additional Chief Secretary and Chief Protocol Officer Sumit Malik, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Senior Corporator Sunil Agrawal, Deputy Commissioner Z R Siddiqui, Addl Deputy Commissioner Pramod Bhusari, Superintending Engineer Prakash Urade, Executive Engineer Prakash Gupta and other officials were present on the occasion.
The Additional Chief Secretary Sumit Malik while elaborating on the objective of Chinese delegation’s visit to NMC, said the delegation is on a visit to MIHAN Project and Butibori MIDC area. China is contemplating investment in energy sector and wanted to know NMC’s various projects.
Municipal Commissioner while giving a power-point presentation informed the delegation about NMC’s geographic and historic importance. Similarly, he dealt upon NMC’s plan to make the city environmentally sustainable and beautiful and clean city. The Chinese delegation was also apprised of NMC’s various other projects such as sewage management with Mahagenco’s help, Nag River cleaning, replacement of streetlights with energy saving LED lights, Orange City streetlight scheme, NMC’s web portal, online service, various services through GIS Mapping, Pench Phase 4 Project etc etc. The Chinese delegation evinced keen interest in Flyover near Santra Market and photographed it.
Municipal Commissioner informed the Chinese delegation about good investment opportunities in developing education field, medical, engineering institutes, proposed All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), IIT and IIM. The projects would make the city an important destination in coming 5-6 years and a massive financial assistance from State and Central Government is anticipated in future. This is the ripe opportunity for good investment, said the Municipal Commissioner.
Additional Chief Secretary Sumit Malik told the Chinese delegation that there are 80 engineering colleges in and around Nagpur producing skilled manpower, a network of mines, Tiger Hub, and tourism. The city is Second Capital of Maharashtra and the Winter Session of State Legislature is held every year.
At the outset, Mayor Datke welcomed the Chinese delegation by offering them memorabilia and saplings of Tulsi.