There was a time when Malegaon was more advanced than its
neighbouring cities. However, as these cities saw rapid growth in
terms of industries and infrastructure, Malegaon got pushed to
backwardness with the same pace. Observing this, a group of
industrialists who gathered here on Friday opined that the
negative image associated with Malegaon proved damaging for the
“Though Malegaon has worked very hard to build a new image down
the last few years, the tag of being a sensitive place is still
proving damaging for it”, President of Nashik Industries &
Manufacturers Association (NIMA) Dhananjay Bele said while
speaking at a discussion organised during ‘Malegaon Mahautsav’ to
find the reasons that keep Malegaon lagging behind.
“The entire Nashik district has always been famous for its
entrepreneurship. Combined with real hard work, it was this image
that helped people to attract more and more investments in Nashik
and make it one of the favourite destinations for industrialists
and market leaders.
"Contrary to this, Malegaon
unfortunately is infamous for various wrong reasons. It will need
a persistent and united effort by a strong local platform if the
town really wants to come out of this”, he added while pointing at
the projects like Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor where, he said,
opportunities exist for Malegaon to rediscover its lost glory.
Others who took part in the discussion include industrialists
Digvijay Kapadia of Nashik, Vijaykumar Lodha and KR Bedmutha.
The discussion was part of the
Malegaon Mahautsav 2012, a three day event which began on January
06. It is organised by the local MLA, Dadabhau Bhuse, in order to
give a new identity to Malegaon and also to explore the
opportunities in hand for the development of the town.