Location

Nagpur as a location for Development Centre


Advantages: Low cost of real estate/Land

Skilled Manpower

Population 25 Lakhs (2.5M)
1 REC (Regional Engineering College - equivalent to an IIT)}
7 private engineering collages Other reputed educational institutions like Laxminarayan
Institute of Technology and Institute of Science.

Communication

24*7 leased line for Internet access

Accessibility

7 flights to Mumbai daily (to & fro) 8 trains to Mumbai daily

Quality of life

Second greenest city in India Low pollution Average commute time ? 15-20 minutes Almost everybody has a 2 wheeler for commuting to work Low crime rate, no nuisance of underworld, no communal riots

Political

Winter capital of the state of Maharashtra

Leisure/Tourism

Surrounded by many wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and project tigers (e.g. Kanha Kisli, Pench, Nagzira, Navegao, Tadoba) Close to fabulous hill stations like Panchmadhi & Chikhaldara Many other places of attraction (e.g. Bhedaghat, Ramtek, Ambakhori)

Recent Developments

France to help make Nagpur a Smart city.

Initiatives

A STP (Software Technology Park) already operational with around 125 companies registered

History

The present city was founded in the early 18th century by Bhakt Buland, a Gond prince of the kingdom of Deogad in the Chhindwara district. Seeing the advantage of civilized life in Delhi , he started to build Nagpur as his new capital. His successor Chand Sultan continued the work. On Chand Sultan's death in 1739, disputes regarding succession arose and Raghuji Bhonsle, the Maratha governor of Berar , helped to restore the elder son to the throne. As the dissentions continued, Raghuji Bhonsle again intervened in 1743, and the control of Nagpur slowly passed on from the Gonds to the Marathas. It became the capital of the Bhonsles.

With the Bhonsle dynasty came the vast class of cultivators in Vidarbha. Raghuji's successors lost some territories to the Peshwas of Pune and the Nizam of Hyderabad. In 1803, Bhonsles (along with their allies Scindias [Shinde] of Gwalior ) at Assaye and Argaon (Argaum). In 1811 Pindaris attacked Nagpur . Bhonsles again lost to the British in 1817 and Nagpur came under British influence. In 1853 Raghuji III died without an heir to his kingdom. As a result, the city lapsed into British control under Lord Dalhousie's Doctrine of Lapse. {This policy was one of the reasons which led to the Indian War of Independence [Sepoys' Mutiny: as referred to by the British] in 1857}

In 1861, Nagpur became the capital of the Central Provinces . The advent of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIP) in 1867 spurred its development as a trade centre. After Indian independence, Nagpur became the capital of Madhya Bharat state (C.P. and Berar ). In 1960, the Marathi majority Vidarbha region was merged with the new state of Maharashtra and Nagpur was designated the second capital of Maharashtra state, alternating with Mumbai ( Bombay ) as the seat of the Maharashtra state legislature.