The world is7 getting highly urbanized with an unprecedented rate of growth in urbanization. The continents of Asia and Africa are going to witness maximum growth in urban agglomerations during next 3 to 4 decades. In tune with this global phenomenon, Maharashtra, the State with the highest level of industrialization in India is also registering rapid urbanization. With a view to facilitate orderly development in the State and to make it a power-house of employment and wealth generation, I have given very high priority to channelize urbanization on right trajectory by harnessing natural potentials of the entire State. As a part of this larger picture, we have created a Metropolitan Authority for Pune Region to develop it as one of the main growth centre that we are developing all across Maharashtra. With such centres, I am confident that, Maharashtra could lead the next spurt of economic activity and make Indian presence felt in the international arena.