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Nagpur MLC Abhijit Wanjarri said Maharashtra government has decided to revamp the area surrounding city’s famous geographical milestone ‘Zero Mile’ marker. Installed in the 20th century, the Zero Mile marker is considered a milestone not just in the city but also in the country due to its geographical importance.
Great Trigonometrical Survey of India, undertaken by East India Company and British colonial administration, had identified the Zero Mile. From the Zero Mile marker, various distances across the country are measured as it’s considered to be the central point of the country. The state government and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) are considering closing the road that heads to the marker.
The NMC would also re-route the vehicular traffic ahead of the facelift. A Zero Mile station, along with a multi-storey building, would also be constructed, which would be used for commercial purpose. Apart from this, heritage walk around the marker would also be constricted for tourists.
Speaking about the facelift, Abhijit Wanjarri told Nation Next, “The cost of the project is yet to be ascertained. We did have a meeting on how to execute the project. The road from Bhartiya Vidya Mandir to Zero Mile would be closed. Shaheed Gowari Smarak, Zero Mile marker and Babasaheb Ambedkar statue would be connected.”
He added, “Good landscape and a museum would be constructed. The railway station is also nearby, now a metro station would also come up there. The entire project would begin in two to three months.”