Whenever I visit Nagpur and stay at the BSNL IQ, I used to go for morning walk on the side of the nearby roads and most of the times, passed through the ‘Zero Mile’ stone erected there. Comrades told me that the milestone ‘Zero Mile’ is erected,because it is the centre of India. I know that some other cities also claimed to be as the centre of the country.
In the ‘Business Line’ of today, 5th September 2016, there is a small report on the Nagpur Zero Mile. Nagpur was taken as the centre of the country and ‘Zero Mile’ marked with a mile stone by the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India after it calculated the various distances from the country. This was at the time of the East India Company and the British Government. The Survey began in 1802 and was completed in 1871, long seven years. It was at this time, the measurement of the peaks of Himalaya like Everest, K2, Kanchenjunga was also taken.
It is reported that the Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation is proposing to construct a metro Station at the place and the whole area will be made a heritage sight focusing the ‘zero mile’. It is appreciable.
In this connection it is to be noted that the City of Greenwich, London which is treated as situated at the Prime Meridian, a lot of scientific institutions like the Royal Observatory are situated and is a big tourist spot.