In Nagpur, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari emphasized the importance of establishing ‘smart villages’ alongside smart cities to ensure comprehensive development across the country. Gadkari highlighted his initiative to transform Bela village, located 30km from Nagpur, into a model smart village, expressing optimism about its potential replication nationwide.

Gadkari underscored the significance of generating employment opportunities in rural areas, citing innovative projects like the production of carpets from cloth waste materials as avenues for economic empowerment. He revealed the surprising affordability of these products, exemplifying the potential for rural entrepreneurship to thrive.

Addressing the bhoomipujan ceremony for various infrastructure projects, Gadkari advocated for the utilization of drones for urea spraying in farmlands, emphasizing the need for technological innovation in agriculture.

Furthermore, Gadkari emphasized the importance of empowering self-help groups and cottage industries in villages, envisioning financial independence as a norm for rural communities. He highlighted the success of projects like the cable-stayed bridge in Ambhora and announced plans for collaboration with business magnate Anand Mahindra to establish a resort in the area, showcasing the potential for rural tourism development.

Additionally, Gadkari assured improved transportation infrastructure to facilitate commuting between villages and urban centers, enabling youths to access employment opportunities in cities while residing in their native villages. This comprehensive approach, championed by Gadkari, aims to foster balanced development and inclusive growth across rural and urban areas alike.

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