Nagpur, India

City introduction

Nagpur, founded in 1703, was the capital of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Nowadays, it is the second capital of Maharashtra. Nagpur is located in the center of India with highways, railways and an international airport giving it distinct location advantages. Nagpur covers 9,897 square kilometers, among which the downtown area measures 228 square kilometers. It has a population of 2.91 million. Nagpur has a growing economy. It has chemical, metal, textile and building materials industries. Nagpur abounds with citrus orchards and is known as the citrus capital of India. It is also a center for the collection and distribution of agricultural products and many types of fruit. It has a well-developed mining industry, mainly in manganese ore. The city is one of the cultural centers of India. There are the University of Nagpur, research institutes and headquarters of RRS, which is the core organization of the Bharatiya Janata Party. It is the hometown of Devendra Fadnavis, who is the chief minister of Maharashtra and served as the mayor of Nagpur for a long time.

Nagpur and Jinan

In 2015, the Chinese consulate general in Mumbai recommended that Jinan communicate with Nagpur about forming a sister-city relationship. In November 2015, the sister-city working group of Jinan’s foreign affairs office visited Nagpur, held a meeting with G. H. Fernandes, the president of the Maharashtra branch of the Indian-Chinese Friendship Association. The Jinan delegates inspected the Mihan industrial park and carried out initial discussions about building a sister-city relationship and a smart city project. In September 2016, Xu Changyu, director of the Municipal People's Congress, visited Nagpur to meet the mayor of Nagpur, Shri Pravin Prabhakarao Datke and the commissioner, Shavan Hadikar, to sign a sister-city memorandum.

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