Nagpur: Chief minister Eknath Shinde has approved an additional Rs 52 crore for the G20 meeting to be held in Nagpur. Due to this, the total budget for the month of March has been Rs 82 crore.
Meanwhile, as reported by TOI on Saturday, the state government has also confirmed that Nagpur will host the meeting of the Research Innovation Initiative Group (RIIG).
Civic authorities are planning various sanitation and beautification projects for the city keeping in view the more than 140 foreign delegates attending the meeting from March 21-22. And are in mission mode to implement them.
On Friday evening, Chief minister Eknath Shinde, deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis and Tourism Minister Mangalpratap Lodha also held a video conference with the Nagpur municipal commissioner along with other bureaucrats regarding its preparations in the state for the G20 meet.
“The focus should be on improving the condition of roads in the host cities. Beautify the squares and improve street lighting. Once a country gets the presidency of the G20, its turn does not come for the next 20 years. It is therefore very important that we showcase our cities to the best of our abilities in front of international delegates,” Shinde said.
Coordination committee consisting of four state government officials
As directed by CM Shinde, NMC has started planning for road improvement along with other beautification projects.
Municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B also said, ‘We will spend money on roads, cleanliness, beautification, and branding of the city. Work has started on this.
Priority would be the roads leading from the airport to the two hotels where the delegates would be staying. Though one of these hotels is outside the jurisdiction of NMC, the roads leading there will still be part of its beautification.
A total of 161 meetings will be held in the country during one year of India’s G20 chairmanship. Of these, 14 will be in Maharashtra.
G20 meetings in Maharashtra will be held in Pune, Aurangabad, Mumbai, and Nagpur. Mumbai and Pune will host the meetings more than once in different months. A coordination committee consisting of four state government officials has been formed for all these meetings.