Construction of the wagon periodical overhauling (WPO) workshop at Vadlapudi under Waltair division of East Coast Railway is likely to start in the next fiscal as the Union railway budget sanctioned 80 crore to the project. The project is expected to be completed by 2020. At present, Andhra Pradesh has one such workshop at Vijayawada. Vizag's will be second and first modern workshop with advanced facilities in the state. The Railway Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), which was entrusted with the task of developing the project, had completed its ground survey and preparation of the detailed project report (DPR). The DPR has been approved by the Railway Board and subsequently, the railway ministry gave its nod to start construction within the next few months, railway sources said.
"The massive budget allocation to WPO in the new fiscal is a good sign. We will take up construction of the workshop on a prioritised basis," ECoR divisional railway manager Chandralekha Mukherjee told.The project was sanctioned in 2015-16 at a cost of 213.97 crore. The ministry sanctioned 30 crore in the same budget to begin the works. However, work got delayed due to many reasons and has now resumed with the sanction of 80 crore in the new budget.
Initially, ECoR was in-charge of the project, which was later handed over to the Workshop Projects Organisation in Patna. Now, the Railway Board has handed it over to RVNL."The WPO is a major project of the railways. It will be a boon to Vizag, which is going to be developed as a smart city. The workshop can attend to generation, repair and maintenance of wagons of passenger trains, goods and oil tankers. Modern facilities will be added to the workshop," a senior railway official said. Initially, ECoR was in-charge of the project, which was later handed over to the Workshop Projects Organisation in Patna. Now, the Railway Board has given it to RVNL. (Source: Article published in Railnews.in dt:22.03.2017)
22.03.2017 - REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) for Landscape Consultant - The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) invites RFP proposal from reputed Consultancy Agencies, towards "SELECTION OF ARCHITECTURAL AND LANDSCAPE CONSULTANT FOR PREPARATION OF MASTER PLAN & UPGRADATION FOR MUDASARLOVA PARK AS INTERNATIONAL TOURIST DESTINATION IN VISAKHAPATNAM, ANDHRA PRADESH"
Reputed Consultancy Agencies interested in the above work and meeting the eligibility criteria may submit the application before due date 3-4-2017 by 3.00 PM. The Application form and RFP / Bid Document may be downloaded from VUDA official website vuda.gov.in
National Highway (NH) - 16 road and median widening, beautification, greenary works are being carried out from Maddilalapem Junction to Old Dairy farm Junction by GVMC, NHAI.
14.03.2017: VUDA invites Expression of Interest (EOI) proposals from reputed Developers / Agencies "Towards Development of Sky Tower in an area of 5 acres on the top of Kailasagiri with creations of components like amusement and recreation attractions, food court, party areas etc. The last date for submission of EOI is 28.03.2017. For more details visit VUDA website www.vuda.gov.in. (Source: VUDA website)
08.02.2017: India's tallest Iconic Sky Tower 400 feet high will be coming up atop Kailasagiri Hill in Vizag Smart City, with an estimated project cost of ₹ 85 crore. VUDA will soon enter into an agreement with the German company, HUSS Park Attractions for building the sky tower.
CEO of Huss Park Attractions, German Company, Mirko J Schulze along with his Vice President, India operations, Vibhisha Jain arrived Vizag on monday to inspect the site atop kailasagir hill and interact with the local officials for building the 400 feet high iconic sky tower. The team visited the proposed project sige at Kailasagiri and collected soil samples and suggested that a typhoon grade tower has to be constructed to withstand a wind speed of 300 kmph. The German company needed 12 months to commission the project. The promoters signed an MOU with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh during the recent CII Partnership Summit and probably this will be the first tourism project to be put on fast track for execution.
Development of Beaches from Bheemili to Revupolvaram in Vizag Smart City. AP Tourism should develop beaches at Bheemili, Mangamaripeta, Thotlakonda, Rushikonda, Saagar Nagar, RK Beach, Yarada, Gangavaram, Appikonda, Tantadi, Pudimadaka and Revupolavaram.
They should provide facilities like Water Sports, Beach volley ball, Beach Kabaddi, Para Sailing, Amusement Parks, Beach Shacks, Beach side Chairs, Cottages, Restaurants, Toilets etc. Casinos and Beer Parlours in some of these beaches to attract more tourists to the Vizag Smart City.
Casinos and Beach Beer Parlours in some of the above beaches to attract more tourists to the Vizag Smart City.
Also small luxury ship tourism should be introduced from Bheemili to RK Beach, RK Beach to Pudimadaka / Revupolavaram. The operators of these small luxury ships should provide restaurant, drinks, music, games etc in the Ship.
16.02.2017 - Millennium Tower to be ready by September, 2017. It will have 2,00,000 sq.ft. of built-up space for allotment to plug-and-play operators. Cyclone-resistant Internet of Things-enabled Millennium Tower, work on which is progressing at a brisk place at the sea-facing Rushikonda hills, will become an iconic superstructure and showcase Visakhapatnam as the IT capital of 'Navya Andhra Pradesh.'
Being executed by the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) and funded by the Information and Communication Technology Department of Andhra Pradesh, the construction of the building will be completed by September. Excluding cost for the four acres on which it is coming up, Rs. 180 crore is being spent on construction.
"Work on construction is progressing in a fast-tract mode and we are confident of making it a landmark to promote IT in Visakhapatnam with focus on start-ups and companies specialising in financial technologies and new-age technologies such as blockchain, IoT, cloud computing, and cyber security," V. Srinivasa Moorthy, CEO of AP Electronics and IT Agency (APEITA) told. The APEITA is an autonomous agency promoted by the government with its headquarters at the Cyber Valley, Rushikonda.
The Millennium Tower will have 2,00,000 sq.ft. of built-up space for allotment to plug-and-play operators. In addition, it will have 1,50,000 sq.ft. of space for parking. Under the ambitious project located close to the Sunrise Incubation Hub, two towers will come up. The first is expected to be completed by June/July.
11.02.2017: No progress on Cruise Tourism in Vizag Smart City, the Tourism Hub of Sunrise State of Andhra Pradesh. At least, AP Tourism should introduce small luxury ships by this summer season to attract more tourists to the Vizag.
Vizag Port Trust should construct a passenger jetty at Fishing Harbour / Coastal Battery to facilitate the operation of small luxury ships. AP Tourism should introduce Small luxury Ships and these luxury ships to be operated from Fishing Harbour/Coastal Battery and Bheemili Jetty, which will run between Bheemili to Yarada. The operators of these small luxury ships should provide restaurant, drinks, music, games etc in the Ship. This will give tourists the experience of going on a cruise.
For Sea Tourism, Passenger Jetties to be constructed at Fishing Harbour/Coastal Battery, Bheemili, Yarada, Revupolavaram to operate Small Luxury Ships / Cruise Ships. Vizag Port Trust has a proposal to construct the Cruise Terminal at Bhimili at an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore.
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