While addressing the members of the Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC), Prakash Dahake, Chairman of the Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB) acknowledged the imbalances faced by the region in terms of resource allocation. He went on and asked the government to remove it and industrial backwardness.
Dahake, a NCP legislative assembly member pointed out at the inequities in the way power is provided to Vidarbha. Nagpur Today reported him saying, “When Vidarbha is providing 65 percent of the state’s power, it should be only fair to have to government supply 24 hours of power supply to the industries here.”
He gave some specific suggestions regarding infrastructure investments to attract industrialists to the region. “The road connecting from Nagpur to Aurangabad should be increased to four lanes from two. Laying a railway line from Amravati to Washim and from Washim to Pune will be beneficial to the people and industrialists of the area. This will also aid in logistics of goods from Vidarbha to different parts of the State,” he said.
He also explained the different levels and growth potential of industries in different zones in the state. According to which they divided the state into 4 zones - A, B, C and D. He said that Nagpur and Amravati falls in the category of D zone. Mumbai and Thane belt comes under the A and B zone where there is centralization of industries. If the Government gives extra subsidy to D zones areas, it would make way for industrial development in this region.
President of NVCC, Dipen Agrawal said that Maharashtra Government had appointed a fact-finding committee of experts under the chairmanship of Dr V M Dandekar on August 3, 1983. The Committee undertook a sectoral study of backlog in nine developmental sectors namely roads, irrigation, village electrification, general education, technical education, health services, water supply, land development soil and water conservation and veterinary services, and submitted its report in 1984. The Committee had recommended that 85 per cent of the yearly budgetary allocations might be used for removal of backlog. However, the recommendations are not being implemented by the State Government.