By Accommodation Times News Service
Government’s thrust is to develop state highways, district roads and to provide road connectivity to every village
Chandrakant Patil, minister of public works department said that the state government is considering undertaking massive project of road development in Maharashtra. Rs 8,000 crore project is planned details of which will be declared at appropriate time, Patil said in Kasba Beed in Karvir taluka of Kolhapur district.
Our government’s thrust is to develop state highways, district roads and to provide road connectivity to every village. At present we are making arrangement of the funds to undertake massive road development program in the state. We have chalked out a plan of Rs 8,000 crore which will be completed in next three and half years, Patil said and added after this project none of the place in Maharashtra will remain without road connectivity.
Minister was speaking in a ceremony to release a book Kasba Beed: Ek Aitehasik Nagar, produced by Bharatiya Etihas Sankalan Samiti, Kolhapur. The book has put a light on the history of Kasba Beed village, which was one of the prominent town some 1,000 years back. The village is situated 20 km from the city, on confluence of Tulshi and Bhogavati River.
Referring the importance of conserving the history, Patil praised the efforts of Anand Damle, who shaped the book. It is our primary responsibility to conserve the rich heritage of Kolhapur. I am very happy that for the first time, the documentation of Kasba Beed has been done. It has explored the importance of the village in the history of Kolhapur, he said.
Patil also assured the researchers that the government will provide them all sort of help to conduct further research about the village.
Damle earlier had presented a research paper on the history of Kasba Beed to Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune. The research paper is now extended to the book in which local history researcher Umakant Raninga has helped him.
There are several myths including a golden shower are circulating in Kasba Bavda for generations. Damle has concluded Shilahara dynasty during its rule over Kolhapur region made Kasba Beed its capital. Kasba Beed still have remains of the guarding wall encircling the village. Since it was the capital, the Shilahara kings started a mint at the village. Still today many villagers have tiny gold coins at their homes. These coins are worshiped along with the daily pooja at such homes.