Developments in Shirdi :-
A. The Maharashtra state government has formed the Shirdi Development Authority to recast the Shirdi township on the lines of Tirupati.The makeover plan includes the construction of a mall.The projects will be sponsored by the Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan Trust. MSRDCs managing director Satish Gavai said, We will construct skywalks, footpaths, pedestrian pathways, multi-layer parking lots, ring roads and a bypass road for traffic, which will facilitate pilgrims. MSRDCs chief engineer Subhash Nage said nine gardens will come up in and around Shirdi. The multi-layer car park will be at least ten levels high and the skywalk around the temple will be around 6 km in length. Pedestrian pathways will be constructed around Pimpalgaon Road, ZP Road and Dwarkamai Road..The MSRDC will widen and reconstruct around 25 kms of road in and around the town. At present, motorists have to use the Manmad-Ahmednagar road to travel to Shirdi. The bypass will reduce vehicular traffic in Shirdi.The work on Shirdi-Puntamba railway corridor is in progress. Shirdi Sansthans chairperson and local MLA Jayant Sasane said a businessman, Prem Daryanani has donated 50 acres of land to the Sansthan for setting up a knowledge city.
B. Today the Sai Temple has become one of the most popular destinations among pilgrims in India. On an average, 100,000 people visit Shirdi daily, and during holidays the rush is even more. Shirdi is about 250 km from Mumbai. But unlike most religious towns, Shirdi has more to it than the holy shrine. The Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust responsible for the maintenance of the temple wants to ensure prosperity of the whole town along with the growing opulence of the temple. In line with his thinking, the trust has started a super-specialty hospital at a cost of Rs.400 million with a capacity of 205 beds. The hospital has all the latest medical equipment. Patients are operated here with the help of state-of-the-art machinery. Within a year and a half since its inception, the hospital has conducted more than 5,000 surgeries, out of which 1,000 are bypass surgeries - 400 of them for patients the below poverty line under the government's Jeevan Dayani Scheme. The trust, with the help of Sulzan Energy Ltd, Pune, has also come up with its own windmill project at Bhoyre Pachhar in Ahmednagar district at a cost of Rs.150 million. With a capacity of 2.5 MW, this project will make Shirdi completely energy self-sufficient. The other major project of the trust is the construction of new roadways. The Sansthan wants to change the entire face of Shirdi. The total cost of the project is Rs.1,250 million, which when completed will change the entire map of Shirdi. An agreement has been signed with the Maharashtra State Development Board for the development of 25 roads within Shirdi and also connecting Shirdi city. In the first stage, the project will cost Rs.650 million for 11 roads. There will also be an 18-storey Sai Tower built in place of its office at Dadar, where Sai devotees will get all Saibaba-related material under one roof.
Outstation devotees can stay here before they embark on their journey to Shirdi. The trust is also planning shelters for devotees at Katara in Jammu and at Tirupati. A few months ago, the state government announced the formation of the Shirdi Development Authority (SDA) to develop infrastructure in the holy town.
Developments in Nashik :-
Industrial estate NICE (Nashik Industrial Co-operative Estate) was formed in the co-operative sector in 1962. In the same year, Maharashtra, State Government also responded by declaring MIDC ( Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) Industrial Estate at Satpur village, 7 km from Nashik. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited established unit for production of MIG fighters at Ozar, a village 20 km from Nashik. In 1967 SICOM (State Investment Corporation of Maharashtra) adapted Nashik as its growth center. All these events brought Nashik on the industrial map of India. MICO (German multinational) and ABB (Swedish multinational) established their production units. The industry that came to Nashik was mostly engineering, electrical and pharmaceutical. Crompton Greaves, MICO, VIP, CEAT, Mahindra & Mahindra etc are other important industries.
Tourism has been a traditional function of the city. Visitors come to city on auspicious days in large numbers, to have a dip in river Godavari. Godavari is known as a holy river. People assemble in great numbers at Nashik every 12 years.This fair is known as Kumbhamela. Six lane road between Mumbai and Nashik is in fast process and will be in operation within next 1-2 yrs.