On Sunday, the Eknath Shinde government in Maharashtra sought assistance from the World Bank to enhance infrastructure and capacity building in the state. According to Maharashtra’s Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde, the World Bank is not merely a fund-giving entity but also a valuable source of knowledge for developing countries.
Eknath Shinde emphasized that the partnership with the World Bank will contribute to elevating the standard of living for people in Maharashtra, a state known for having a skilled workforce and modern infrastructure facilities. Their collaborative efforts will focus on improving various sectors, including green technology, disaster management, health services, and port infrastructure facilities.
Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was also present at the World Bank meeting, revealed the government’s ambition to make Maharashtra drought-free by implementing river linking projects. This initiative aims to divert water from rivers flowing Westward to Godavari Valley and link rivers in Vidarbha, which will play a significant role in combating drought.
In addition to addressing water-related issues, the Shinde government sought assistance from the World Bank to improve traffic conditions in Mumbai, promote green energy initiatives, and enhance services to people in every district to boost economic development.
On a separate occasion, the Maharashtra Chief Minister participated in the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Dharmveer Anand Dighe Cancer Hospital in Thane. Shinde expressed his gratitude for the honor of having the hospital named after his mentor and Shiv Sena icon, Anand Dighe. The hospital, which will be established in Thane Municipal Corporation’s town center premises in Rustamji Home Complex, Balkum, will be developed by Jito Educational and Medical Trust and Tata Memorial Hospital across a built-up area of 24,000 square meters and an adjoining large plot of 12,000 square meters. The cancer hospital is expected to provide crucial medical services and offer hope for cancer patients.