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Maharashtra Day celebrations on in full swing in Dadar

Maharashtra is celebrating the 57th anniversary of its formation

mumbai Updated: May 18, 2017 23:31 IST
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The Maharashtra Day parade at Shivaji Park in Mumbai.
The Maharashtra Day parade at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. (Pratik Chorge)

Maharashtra governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao unfurled the national flag at the ceremonial parade to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the state’s formation, at Shivaji Park in Dadar on Monday. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries attended the event.

On the occasion, the governor announced the launch of the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority, under which housing projects in the state will be registered. The new Act will make the process of buying and selling of houses transparent, trusted and accountable, he said.

The World Bank-assisted ‘Nanaji Deshmukh Krishi Sanjeevani’ project will make 4,000 villages in Vidarbha and Marathwada drought-free, he added. Citing the 225 cities and towns in Maharashtra that had been declared open defecation free so far, he said the whole of urban Maharashtra would be free of open defecation by October 2.

He added that so far, crop loans worth Rs33,115 crore were disbursed to more than 48 lakh farmers in the state.

All new legislation and amendments will be made available in Marathi language, he added.

Rao also attended the Maharashtra Day celebrations organized by Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar at his bungalow. Fadnavis offered floral tributes to martyrs at the Hutatma Smarak in South Mumbai.

Every year, the government declares May 1 a public holiday to commemorate Maharashtra Day.

The parade at Shivaji Park. (Pratik Chorge)

Cultural events showcasing the state’s rich heritage and traditions are conducted throughout the day.

(with agency inputs)