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Aurangabad CIDCO Development History & Planning

Rafiq Zakaria contested the first election of the newly created Maharashtra state in 1962, from Aurangabad and was elected to Maharashtra assembly. He was made Minister for Urban Development in the new ministry. It was due to his efforts that planning for New Aurangabad was initiated. The responsibility for the new city was given to CIDCO which started development in the 1970s. Thus Aurangabad CIDCO (as New Aurangabad is called) was conceived and developed into a modern city. New Aurangabad (as the project was known) is the second most successful project to be undertaken by CIDCO after Navi Mumbai.

Planned and developed by CIDCO, New Aurangabad holds the singular distinction of obtaining the blessings of the Late Prime Minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi, who inaugurated the project signing the development plan with the remark: “The plans look very good on paper, let us see how it is implemented”. New Aurangabad Project was also fortunate because Mrs. Indira Gandhi once visited the project after the implementation of the plan started, and also planted a tree at New Aurangabad, which is nurtured and maintained by CIDCO as a precious treasure.

New Aurangabad is today a well-planned new town. The high level of social facilities provided has created a healthy urban environment for all strata of the society. But for this planned development by CIDCO, the rapid pace of New Aurangabad’s industrialization would have led to haphazard overall growth. By providing nearly 20,000 houses to persons belonging to Low Income Groups, CIDCO has not only met the needs of the labour force, but also been able to meet a major social objective of the Government that of providing houses at affordable cost to the urban poor in Marathwada. Special emphasis on gardens, playgrounds and stadia has created an impression of an open city with wide roads. CIDCO has also developed the Salim Ali Lake as a Bird sanctuary.

The main commercial district of the city is known as Town center Connaught, and houses the offices of major banks and public sector companies. It also houses several offices of central and state governments. The surrounding area has existing and upcoming shopping malls & multiplex such as Fame Adlabs & PVR Cinemas. From the tourism point of view several hospitality majors are based in cidco. Companies like the ITC Welcome group. , The Ambassador Ajanta. & the Tata group Taj Residency. have their 5 star properties here. In the field of education trusts such as MGM & The Maulana Azad Education Trust have set up vast campuses offering courses in diverse fields such as Engineering and Medicine.

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