22.11.2016 - Smart city plans getting ready - Request for Proposals for various smart city projects for implementation in the area-based development (ABD) approach will be called soon, Municipal Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan has said. The proposals would include smart schools, 24x7 water supply public toilets, cycling tracks, bus stops and footpaths, he told reporters in an interaction here on 21.11.2016. GVMC has selected an area of around 1700 sq km for development as a part of the smart city project.
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02.12.2016: Natural History Museum mooted - A former professor of IIT-Mumbai K.V. Subba Rao and Dr. Walsh of the London Natural History Museum visited the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (IGZP), Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary and Kapuluppada on the outskirts of the city on Thursday. Read more The Hindu e-paper article published on December 2, 2016.
01.12.2016: INS Viraat: IIT team to conduct EIA studies. It will suggest location of the ship on the coast in the city. A decision has been taken to rope in the services of a team of experts from IIT Madras to get an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) done for stationing of the INS Viraat on the Visakhapatnam coast, according to District Collector Pravin Kumar. Read more The Hindu e-paper article published on December 1, 2016.
30.11.2016: Banks gear up for salary rush. They pin hopes on arrival of Rs. 500 notes to ease the situation. With banks dispensing less cash than allowed by the RBI and ATMs only Rs. 2000 note, the hardship of people continues. The new Rs. 500 note that could have eased the situation has remained elusive till now. Bankers also see the arrival of Rs. 500 note as much needed relief with the likelihood of a large number of people withdrawing anywhere up to Rs. 25,000 after receiving salaries. Read more The Hindu e-paper article published on November 30, 2016.
29.11.2016: Police sports meet off to a colourful start. The 65th All India Police Volleyball Cluster Championship was off to a colourful start with policemen from across the country staging a smart march-past and the 16th AP Battalion giving a scintillating acrobatic display on bikes and jeeps, at the Port stadium here on Monday. Read more The Hindu e-paper article published on November 29, 2016.
28.11.2016: Ration shops to go cashless. District collector Pravin Kumar met bank officials to check status on use of point of sale machines. He directed all ration shop dealers in the district to open bank accounts in the State Bank of India from Monday to ensure cashless transactions.
27.11.2016: Jobs galore in IT, ITeS in port city. Having launched its portal last month, the IT Association of AP (ITAAP) is now preparing to meet the job requirements for IT and ITeS companies located in the port city. According to ITAAP members, during a recent survey conducted among the 150 plus IT/ITeS companies located in the port city, it has come to light that there are nearly 150 job openings in IT companies and close to 1,200 openings in ITES firms in Vizag. Speaking to TOI, ITAAP president Ravi Eswarapu said, "Companies have already started posting job openings on the ITAAP portal.
Developing Visakhapatnam as a Smart City by Government of India under 100 Smart Cities Project, Government of Andhra Pradesh with the help of Government of United States of America (USA), Department of Commerce, United States Trade Development Agency (USTDA) and United States Exim Bank.
The aim of the Mission Smart City is to efficiently utilise the available Assets, Resources and Infrastructure to enhance the quality of Urban Life and provide a clean and sustainable environment for living and the main focus will be on core infrastructure services like adequate clean Water supply, Power supply, Sanitation, Disaster Management, Solid waste management, Waste water treatment, Efficient urban mobility and Public Transportation, Public Healthcare system, Education, Affordable Housing, robust IT connectivity, e-governance, Safety, Social security. Smart City needs Smart Citizens too, Smart City needs to be Safe City as well for citizens to live a smooth life.
1. 24/7 Water supply2. 24/7 Power supply 3. Solar power 4. Underground Drainage & Sanitation 5. Greenary & Cleanliness 6. Affordable Housing especially for the poor - slums free 7. Underground LPG pipelines 8. Underground electricity cables 9. Pollution free environment 10. Prevention / Solution for Beach erosion 11. Solid waste management 12. E-Waste treatment 13. Waste water treatment 14. Disaster Management 15. Law & Order 16. Safety & Security of Citizens 17. Judiciary 18. Robust IT connectivity and Digitalisation - Wifi / OFNC 19. e-governance and Citizen participation 20. Urban mobility and Public Transport 21. Health 22. Education 23. Social & Food Security 24. Playgrounds & Parks 25. Cycling Tracks 26. Multilevel Parking 27. Footpaths for pedestrians 28. Footover Bridges 29. Subways for Pedestrians 30. Repairs/laying new roads and provide LED street lighting 31. Signage 32. Widening the roads
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