Monday, November 14, 2016

'Nashik needs air connectivity with major cities'

Industries and Manufacturers' Association (NIMA), an apex body of industries have engaged in promoting industrial development across the district. In an interview with TOI's Tushar Pawar, chairman of infrastructure committee of NIMA, Manish Rawal talks about various activities the association has initiated and their efforts in promoting industrial development across the city.
What is the current industrial scenario here?
The industrial sector is passing through a phase of recession which has seen a slowdown across industries for the past few years now. The growth of these industries is adversely affected because of recession. In the meanwhile, we are expecting some improvement in sales and growth in the next few months. The Centre's decision to bring in Goods and Services Tax (GST) is definitely a boost for the industries to fetch foreign investments in the long run. The profitable outcome of GST will take some time.
What are the infrastructural issues?
There have been several infrastructural issues we deal with on a daily basis. The civic administration has just developed roads for Rs 70crore at Satpur and Ambad industrial estates of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). But, almost 20% of the streetlights in these industrial estates do not function. The lack of drainage lines is another major issue. Though industries have soak pits but most of the time, the effluent comes on the road causing inconvenience for the common public. We have been demanding construction of drainage lines in MIDC areas for the past 15-20 years, but we have still not heard from the municipal corporations.
But, Nashik still lacks air connectivity.
We have an international airport at Ozar which was constructed jointly by the state government and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). But, the air services are yet to commence here. is a good potential growth for the aviation industry here. We want to start the air connectivity with major cities of the country. There As per a survey which was recently conducted, around 30,000 industrialist and business people from Nashik travels by air to other destinations across the country. Maximum people fly to Bangalore followed by Delhi and Chennai cities. Hence, we want flights from Nashik to Bangalore and Delhi.
14/11/16 Tushar Pawar/The Times Of India

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