Zero Mile Stone awaits maintenance while Nagpur Metro gets all the attention

Amar Ashok Jajoo | Jan 25, 2018 14:07

One can see dry grass and leaves all over the Zero Mile compound. (Photo by: Amar Ashok Jajoo)

If you pass by the Zero Mile landmark, RBI Road, Nagpur, you will be a witness to a stark contrast. Zero Mile Stone, which is a 110-year-old historical structure and is often called the geographical centre of India, awaits maintenance from the authorities, even as a Nagpur Metro engine stands in all its glory just besides the Zero Mile compound.

The Nagpur Metro engine next to the Zero Mile Compound. Also, visible is the fresh green patch of grass. (Photo by: Amar Ashok Jajoo)

While one cannot be more than happy with the fast paced Nagpur Metro and road constructions being carried out in the city, it’s equally disappointing to see historical structures being so mercilessly ignored by the authorities.

A visibly huge hole in the Zero Mile pillar. (Photo by: Amar Ashok Jajoo)

While the Zero Mile compound is full of dry grass and leaves, the Metro compound boasts of fresh green patches of grass watered regularly. The Zero Mile pillar, in fact also has a visibly huge hole on it. The pillar along with the Great Trigonometrical Survey (GTS) standard benchmark and the stone horses are all covered in dust.

The GTS standard benchmark and Zero Mile pillar are all covered in dust. (Photo by: Amar Ashok Jajoo)

As per sources, a demo of the Nagpur Metro engine will be held in the morning on January 26, 2018, on the eve of Republic Day. We just hope that on that day the authorities also realize the need of maintenance at Zero Mile, a milestone which stood even when India became a republic 69 years back.