Nanded was the capital of the district of Telangana. When Aurangzeb was appointed the Subhedar of the Deccan. Bidar was the Headquarters of the Subha and named as Ahmadabad. The Subha of Bidar was divided into six sarkars and 76 mahals and Nanded was one of the Sarkars of that subha.
In 1708, the year following the death of Aurangzeb, Guru Gobind Singh the tenth spiritual leader of the Sikhs came over to Nanded, his permanent abode. He proclaimed himself the last living Guru and established the Guru Granth Sahib as the eternal Guru of the Sikhs. This elevates the reverence of Granth to that of a living Guru. A monument has been constructed at place where he breathed his last. Maharaja Ranjit Singh's endowment saw the construction of a beautiful Gurudwara at Nanded around 1835 AD. The Gurudwara features an imposing golden dome with intricate carvings and a breathtakingly beautiful artwork. It is known as Shri Huzur Abchalnagar Sachkhand Gurudwara.
Nanded became the part of the Hyderabad State in 1725 when the Nizam permanently opted for the Deccan and continued to be part of Nizam's dominions until 1948. With India getting freedom in 1947 and the consequent police action against the Hyderabad State and invasion by the Indian Armed Forces, the district forming part of the Marathwada region of the Hyderabad state became part of the bilingual Bombay State. Consequently upon the creation of Maharashtra in 1956, the district continues to form part of the state of Maharashtra.
Mayor: Gadiwale S. Balwantsingh Gobindsingh serves as a mayor of Nanded Waghala City Municipal Corporation.
The Nanded Waghala City Municipal Corporation recently updated and reopned Visawa Garden (AKA Mata Gujriji Garden) as the Jurassic Park on 22nd Sepetmber, 2008 by the hands of Mr. Ashok Chavan.
Nanded(NND) is the Divisional Headquarters of Nanded Division of South Central Railway (SCR). The entire Nanded Division was a part of Hyderabad Division. In 2003, Nanded Division was carved from Hyderabad Division for administrative reasons.
The jurisdiction of Nanded Railway Division is as follows: Mudkhed-Manmad (excl) Parbhani-Parli Vaijnath (excl) Purna-Akola-Khandwa (excl) Mudkhed-Pimpalkutti (excl)
The traffic between Nanded and Hyderabad is huge as Nanded was a part of the Erstwhile Nizam state of Hyderabad. Keeping this in view, the South Central Railway (SCR), Hyderabad Division extended the erstwhile Kachiguda-Basar Meter Gauge Express to Nanded after Gauge Conversion.
Roads : Nanded is 650 kilometre east of Mumbai by road and about six-hour drive from Aurangabad and Hyderabad and 11-hour drive from Pune. Several passenger bus services operate from Nanded providing easy overnight connectivity with almost every major city in Maharashtra. These buses are reasonably priced and fairly punctual. The comfort level differs greatly from operator to operator.
International Airport : The nearest international airport is Hyderabad (284 kilometre). The city has a small Airport named 'Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji Airport'. It was inaugurated on 4th October 2008 by Union Aviation Minister Praful Patel and Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. The Kingfisher Airlines has started the first commercial flight from this airport operating between Mumbai-Nanded-Latur. The flight will operate thrice a week viz Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The airport has been upgraded at a cost of Rs. 940 million and the facilities available include a huge terminal building to handle 300 passengers and a runway to handle big aircraft like Boeing 737s and Airbus 319-320. It also now has three parking bays for large aircraft, six check-in counters, plush passenger terminals, fuelling stations and all other passenger and flight operations facilities, including night operations.
Due to the upcoming celebrations in Oct 2008 to mark 300th death anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh and consecration of Guru Granth Sahib as the last guru of Sikh community by him, Nanded has received massive investment in infrastructure development. Roads are being upgraded. A new railway platform is being constructed.
Nanded has been home to several well known Marathi Cultural figures. Mr. Wa. Ra. Kant, A well known Marathi Poet calls Nanded his home. The late Mr. Narhar Kurundkar is another well recognized literary figure.
Nanded has ben a venue of several literary and artistic meets such as Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, Marathi Natya Samellan. Late Mr. Tryambak Vasekar from Nanded is also a recognized figure in the area of paintings.
Marathi newspapers such as Sakal, Loksatta, Lokmat, Kesari, Maharashtra Times have their establishments in the city. English dailies such as The Times of India, Indian Express and Sakaal Times (formerly the Maharashtra Herald) have editions based in Pune, with additional local supplements.
Star Maajha, Zee Marathi, Doordarshan Sahyadri and ETV Marathi, Me Marathi, are popular television channels. Many English and Hindi entertainment and news channels are watched as well. Nanded has FM Radio services as well running AIR FM (101.MHz),a central government owned radio station and a private radio channel Radio City(91.10).
Recently the Adlabs Cinemas under their flagship brand BIG Cinemas has renovated the Jyoti Chitramandir as Jyoti BIG Cinemas, a two screen multiplex theatre in the city. Also Nanded is all set to get its first shopping mall by the December 2008. EWDPL, a Indore based real estate company is setting up Treasure Bazaar, a neighbourhood mall format that will provide shopping and entertainment experience in a world-class ambience. The mall will host a three screen multiples, a three star business hotel and large retail formats such as Big Bazaar and Globus. Cinemax will open a three screen multiplex soon in the mall. Nanded doesn’t have a single organized retail activity or a mall, no centralized family entertainment option, few multi-brand retail outlets run by local players.
As a result of this microcosm, Nandedites tend to speak a peculiar version of Marathi/Hyderabadi influenced version of Urdu on street in addition to its main language Marathi
Nanded has several educational institutes (Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, Law, Liberal Arts, Science). Thus it has a significant student population. This population gives Nanded’s social scene another dimension.
Nanded has three decent newspapers. Marathi Daily “Prajawani”, though mediocre in its reporting, had a
Nanded city's MIDC having number of solvent plants in which DOC is produced and some of these solvent plants exports it to some foreign companies. These solvent plants also play a vital role in economy of Nanded.
Nanded district also has more importance in the agricultural sector due to the large production of bananas. In Nanded Banana research centre is located. Nanded also seems to have lacked any entrepreneurial visionaries that would have utilized this educated labor pool and turned it in a center of Industrial and commercial activity.
Tata Chemical in support with the Pune based ethenol maker Praj Industries is setting up a state of the art ethenol plant at the Krushnoor MIDC near Nanded. The plant will be operational by the Jan 2009. Parsvnath SEZ (PSL), a subsidiary of Parsvnath Developers, is developing a pharmaceutical special economic zone (SEZ) at Nanded by way of a special purpose vehicle in a joint venture (JV) with Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) over 370 acres in the Krushnoor Industrial Area of Nanded. PSL will hold 74% stake in the JV with MIDC holding the balance 26%. This SEZ will provide world class infrastructure to revive the interest amongst many players from the pharmaceutical sector and will serve as a big boon for the Nanded's economic growth.