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The Zero Mile Stone

The Zero Mile Stone was built by the British in 1907 during Great Trigonometrical Survey of India. In local Marathi language, this place is known as शून्य मैलाचा दगड.  The Zero Mile Stone consists of a pillar made up of sandstone and another small stone representing the GTS Standard BenchMark, and four stucco horses that were added later. 

This is the point from which, distances to other cities were measured during the days of British rule.  The English rulers considered Nagpur as the centre of India. Being at the centres of the country, they also had a plan to make Nagpur the second capital city.

The following table gives the distances from Zero Mile in Nagpur to places as marked on the hexagonal base of the pillar

Place Distance in Miles Direction
Kowtah 62 (~100 Kms) South
Hyderabad 318 (~512 Kms) South-East
Chandah 125 (~201 Kms) South-East
Raipur 174 (~ 280 Kms) East
Jabalpur 170 (~  Kms) North-East
Seoni 79 (~  127 Kms) North-East
Chindwarah (Chhindwara) 83 (~ 133 Kms) North-West
Baitool (Betul) 101 (~  162 Kms) West