VijayDarda, member of Rajya Sabha asked Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra government, to facilitate the establishment of an automobile hub in Vidarbha in order to generate job opportunities and attract investment in the region.
In a letter to the Chief Minister, the Member of Parliament said that the industry of automobile has the prospective to generate large employment opportunities. Since a single major unit supports 100 to 300 subsidiary units, the government should establish an automobile center in Nagpur.
According to Vijay Darda, for the last three years, he tried to follow the problem with the Maharashtra government. The Member of Parliament said that he wrote to Prithviraj Chavan, former Chief Minister, and Pratful Patel, the then Minister of Heavy Industries, on the issue. He mentioned also in the same letter that Jawaharlal Darda, the then state minister of industries, made an effort to bait auto industry to the region of Vidarbha.
Tractor plant of Mahindra & Mahindra was established in MIDC and is running successfully. According to the chairman of the Lokmat Group, the plant started just with five tractors daily and currently the capacity has increased to 250 tractors daily.
Vidarbha is the perfect region to establish an industry thanks to its healthy weather round the year, world class social and industrial infrastructure, and geo-centric site. Vijay Darda said that the region needs just a strong promotion by providing tax and sops concessions. He added that if the state government set up the automobile center in the region, it will generate job opportunities in the 11 districts of the area.
On another matter, government told Rajya Sabha that a company based in Holland conducted a technical study about a waterway between Agra and Delhi. According to Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Shipping, the task report for the waterway is already complete. He revealed that he met already the Delhi government three times on the project. He said also that a project to clean river Yamuna between Haldia and Varanasi has also started. The project costs Rs 4200 crore.
The Delhi and Centre government have started jointly the project in which Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi Development Authority have joined also. The answer of Nitin Gadkari followed the issue raised by member of Congress Digvijay Singh about the pollution in river Yamuna in Delhi. The Congress member reproached the central government of not achieving the promises made by the preceding government about cleaning the river. According to Singh, the only way to clean the river Ganga is to de-pollute Yamuna.
Shiv Sena and Congress members, in another mention, requested the central government to intervene on the problem of suicide among farmers. VijayDarda accused the government to abandon the farmers as they fight famine and snowfall.
VijayDarda said that more than 640,000 farmers rely on rain to do agriculture in the region. According to the Congress member, the government waits for God to help farmers surviving under harsh climate.