THREE major projects took off in Vidarbha on Saturday. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis handed over 141 acres to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for its regional centre project at Wathoda near here and inaugurated two textile projects at Amravati.
Present on the occasion were Union Minister of State for Sports Sarvanand Sonowal and Union Surface Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari.
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SAI is coming up with what is considered its biggest sports complex in the country at Wathoda. Fadnavis said the project will give an impetus to sporting talent in the region as well as from other parts of the country. He said a “skill development university” will come up adjoining the SAI centre.
The SAI centre will control the Mumbai and Aurangabad SAI sub-centres in Maharashtra as well as the ones in Goa and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. It will be equipped with international class facilities for aspiring sportspersons and will have doctors, physiotherapists and trainers for residential training of aspirants on campus.
The complex will host national and international sporting events to give exposure to trainees. The SAI centre would be named after late Jansangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya, Sonowal said on the occasion..
At Amravati, Fadnavis laid foundation stones for a Raymond fabric unit at the Nandgaon Peth industrial estate and opened the first unit of Siyarams “golden fibre project”.
Fadnavis said, “The State government’s effort is to develop Vidarbha as a textile hub to not only generate jobs for local youths but also raise the complete cotton-to-cloth regime to provide support to cotton farmers in the region on the lines of sugar cooperatives in Western Maharashtra.” He also said Amravati will get identity as a “textile city” with many textile units coming here in future.
He thanked Raymond’s group Chairman Gautam Hari Singhania, present on the occasion, for bringing the project to Amravati. He said he was happy that Raymond group had quickly acted on the promise made only two months ago at the Make in India programme in Mumbai to set up a unit at Amravati. The Amravati unit is coming up at a cost of Rs 1400 crore and is expected to generate 8000 jobs.