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24.09.2015:

IT Tower (Signature Tower)  to set record.  20 lakh sqft to house IT companies in Madhurawada IT SEZ.  Around 21.6 acres of land on the hill no. 3 of the Madhurawada IT SEZ has already been finalized to build the Signature Tower.  The Iconic Building is expected to be a nucleus of the IT sector in the State. While the initial estimates of the cost of the project was Rs. 500 crores it is now pegged to go up as the capacity has been increased.  The initial designs were for two 10 storied buildings to come up on the hill which will also be earth quake and severe storm resistant. Now another 10 floors are expected to be added to both the buildings.

City Traffic police have procured a fully-equipped interceptor to keep a vigil on speeding vehicles. The Newly acquired Vehicle is equipped with speed laser gun, breath analyser kit and a pan-tilt-zoom camera besides radar to detect speeding.   The new equipment can track vehicles from a distance of 1 km and click the pictures and record their speeds accurately.

21.09.2015:

Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (INCAP) invited Request for Proposal (RFP) for development of convention centre at Vizag Smart City on PPP basis (International Competitive Bidding) due date for bidding is 16.10.2015.

Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (INCAP) invited Request for Proposal (RFP) for selection of the developer for an International School  at Vizag Smart City on PPP basis (International Competitive Bidding) due date for bidding is 17.10.2015.

19.09.2015:

Adventure sports in city to get a fillip!

With long beach road and the government’s thrust on promoting tourism, adventure and water sports, the city may soon emerge as a destination for tourists looking for exciting fare.

With the State government unveiling its New Tourism Policy for 2015-20 and awarding provisional registration, scuba diving, that has been going on for sometime at Mangamaripeta is set to witness a fillip.

“With the government’s pro-active steps and support we intend to launch scuba diving for tourists by the end of October or the first week of November,” says B. Balaram Naidu, Director of Livein Adventures.

He and F Rahaman of Crescent Adventures have received their provisional certificates from the Chief Minister which permit them to make financial and technical arrangements and obtain statutory permissions, licences and NoCs to start their projects in adventure sports.

A former Indian Navy sky diving instructor and a qualified submariner, Mr. Naidu obtained his instruction certificate from Professional Association of Diving Instructors, the USA, and trained in Perris Valley in the USA. He is also a part of first Indian Navy Skydiving team.

100 youths trained

Apart from training students of Bishop Cotton School, he has so far trained about 100 youths in scuba diving in Visakhapatnam since 2013.

The initial training was in swimming pools in controlled conditions for two days where 25 skills would be imparted including overcoming emergencies. By the fourth day they can go for scuba diving in the open sea.

The State government’s policy is quite encouraging as it gives 15 per cent subsidy on the basic investment and a reduced VAT from 14.2 to 5 per cent once the project is launched, he says.

The State government will also provide changing rooms, toilets, water and power connections and road connectivity to facilitate scuba diving.

While skills for turning to professional diving can be imparted, scuba diving has a lot of tourism potential.

Tourists will be given basic instruction and training in a tub and then taken for scuba diving for about 45 minutes and 40 meters is the depth allowed for recreational purpose, he explains.

Mangamaripeta has rock formations with a lot of aqua life, he says. The aqua life is friendly unless provoked, Mr. Naidu points out. He intends to start with a five-member team initially.

He also got provisional registration for kayaking and canoeing, speed boat and water skiing and hiking and trekking.

With the government’s pro-active steps, we intend to launch scuba diving for tourists soon  B. Balaram Naidu Director of Livein Adventures

(courtesy: The Hindu e-paper)

Museum in city to have more attractions!

Visakha Museum of GVMC will get a facelift and additional features with a cost of Rs.1 crore ahead of International Fleet Review scheduled for February 2016.

Civil and electrical repairs will also be carried out.

At a meeting of the Museum Advisory Committee, Municipal Commissioner Pravin Kumar said the welcome arch would get a new design. Paintings, ornaments and other artefacts would be restored as per the advice of experts.

Art gallery

The art gallery would be spruced up for holding conferences.

Souvenir shop

A souvenir shop and a cafeteria would be set up.

A high security showcase would be arranged for displaying rare silver and gold ornaments and artefacts now under the safe custody of the museum and Archaeology Department, according to the Commissioner.

Mr Pravin Kumar discussed with a team of Naval officials on the works to be taken up.

MANSAS advisor G.L.N. Raju, Commodore S Rath, Mayank Kumari De, Kasim S. Mehdi, INTACH convener P.R. Prasad, member V. Edward Paul, Assistant Director of Archaeology K Chittibabu, Superintendent Engineer V. Chandraiah and Museum Curator M.N.A. Patrudu participated.

A high security showcase will be arranged for displaying rare silver and gold ornaments and artefacts, says Municipal Commissioner Pravin Kumar

(courtesy: the Hindu e-paper)

13.09.2015:

Vizag Metro Rail Detailed Project Report (DPR) submitted by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Chief Mr. Sreedharan to the Chief Minister, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu on 12.09.2015 and the Chief Minister accepted the DPR as it is and announced that the project will be constructed by DMRC.  49% of the funds will be arranged by Central & State Govts and the balance 51% funds will be sourced as loan from International organisations.

Total Corridors – 3. Total Kms – 42.55 – Total Project Cost – Rs. 12,727 crores and the metro rail to be completed in two phases by December, 2018.

First Corridor – Gajuwaka to Kommadi – 30.39 kms. Total 22 stations in this corridor.

Second Corridor – Gurudwara Jn to Old Post Office – 5.25 kms – Total 7 stations in this corridor.

Third Corridor – Thatichetlapalem Jn to China Waltair East Point Colony – 6.91 kms – Total 9 stations in this corridor.

12.09.2015:

Glass-domed coaches on scenic route – Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley train.

East Coast Railway Divisional Railway Manager, Ms. Chandralekha Mukherjee said that glass domed rail coaches will be added to the Vizag to Kirandul passenger train from June, 2016 during her visit to the Araku Valley railway station on 11.09.2015.  Tourists on this route (Vizag to Araku valley) will be the first in the country to sit inside glass-domed coaches that will allow them to take in the spectacular views of nature along the route.

11.09.2015:

Asian Paints pays amount for land allotted to it at Pudi

With payment of amount for 113.47 acres allotted to it in a fast-track mode by the APIIC, Indian paint major Asian Paints is getting ready to launch work on its biggest facility in the country near Visakhapatnam.

Asian Paints, which achieved a revenue of Rs.11,648 crore during 2014-15, paid the amount at the rate of Rs. 61 lakh per acre a few days ago.

The land was allotted at Pudi, close to the Pudimadaka Supercritical Power Project of the NTPC, after Andhra Pradesh Government and Asian Paints signed MoU in March.

The project will involve an investment of Rs.1,750 crore in phases to achieve production capacity of four lakh kilo litres. The company with 25 facilities Pan India has one million kilo litre production capacity.

With the projection that the painting industry will touch the magic turnover of Rs.50,000-crore mark by 2016, Asian Paints has drawn big expansion plans.

“After completion of sale deed, the company has to conduct EIA and other studies, obtain environmental permission through a public hearing,” a senior APIIC official told The Hindu .

Sources said the project will be operational in five years. The State Government has promised concessions like reimbursement of gross value added tax and gross stage goods and service tax.

Project involves an investment of Rs.1,750 crore in phases to achieve production capacity of four lakh kilo litres.

Article published in railnews.co.in, Ministry of Tourism, Railway&Tourism sector on 13th September, 2014

New Delhi: The best way to reach Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh is to take a train from Vishakhapatnam — and it’s about to get better. Tourists on this route will be the first in the country to sit inside glass-domed coaches that will allow them to take in the spectacular views of nature along the route.

The train that runs between Vishakhapatnam and Araku will initially have two coaches with windows and roofs made of special shatter-resistant glass to provide an all-round view of the valley to travellers during the four-hour, 130-km journey. Similar services are offered by train operators in Switzerland and the Canadian Rockies.

The picturesque Araku Valley, located at an elevation of about 3,000 feet in the Eastern Ghats, is rich in thick forests and is known for its coffee plantations. An initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, the glassdomed coaches will be available by the end of March 2015 and the project could be replicated on other scenic routes, including between Baramulla and Qazigund in Kashmir Valley.

“We have no doubt that in Kashmir there would be great demand due to the high tourist footfalls in the state. In Araku, we will assess the interest it generates,” a senior government official said. The viability of the project will depend on the response of passengers, who will pay premium fares for such coaches.

The tourism ministry will pay Rs 4 crore to the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, a unit of the Indian Railways, to provide the domestically manufactured, air-conditioned coaches. In the pilot run, the fares for these coaches are likely to be 5 per cent higher than the normal AC coach ticket. “Product innovation is essential to promoting tourism. We have to create those wow factors to attract tourists and give them a reason to explore newer places in India,” said Arjun Sharma, managing director of Le Passage to India, a travel company headquartered in New Delhi.

Andhra Pradesh ranks third in domestic tourism, having drawn more than 15 crore visitors in 2013, according to ministry data, and is next only to Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. The state’s main attraction is the pilgrimage centre of Tirupati and lesser known parts such as the Araku Valley will need to be promoted to make initiatives such as the glass-domed train coaches successful.

10.09.2015:

Consultation meet on smart city today

A widespread consultation with stakeholders on their aspirations for a smart city will be conducted on Thursday.

The consultation meeting, being held by nodal officer for the Visakhapatnam Smart City programme, District Collector, will see participation of Principal Secretary of municipal administration, GVMC Commissioner, VUDA Vice-Chairman from the government and prominent citizens, corporates from the general public. Representatives of Union Ministry for Urban Development and US India Business Council will also be present, according to a statement issued by GVMC Commissioner Pravin Kumar on behalf of the Collector.

The meeting will commence at 10.30 a.m.

09.09.2015:

Mega Convention Center will be constructed on one of the hills of Madhurawada at the seafront at a cost of Rs. 380 crores in an area of 53 acres. Apart from the convention center that will house 5,000 people, the project will have an exhibition centre, a five star hotel and a commercial complex.

In a significant development, Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) has sought funding for an elevated freight corridor (EFC) under the ambitious Sagarmala project of the Central government to decongest traffic on National Highway.

The project, which is in conception stage, envisages laying corridor linking Port Connectivity Road, Gangavaram Port and join highway on Anandapuram-Anakapalle route via Sabbavaram to ensure speedy evacuation of cargo. The project will cost around Rs.800 crore.“We have submitted a report to the Centre. Depending on the response, the modalities will be worked out for implementation of the project mainly aimed at avoiding choking of highway in the city limits,” Visakhapatnam Port Chairman M.T. Krishna Babu told The Hindu. Visakhapatnam Port Trust, one of the 12 major ports in the government sector, is investing huge amount mostly in PPP mode to achieve a cargo handling capacity of 125 million tonne in next three years. Gangavaram Port, a minor port developed by the State government and a private consortium, which launched commercial operations in 2009, recently completed its first phase of expansion by building a coal handling terminal and three general cargo berths to attain a capacity of 64 million tonne.

Visakhapatnam Port Trust believes that with the completion of extension of Visakha Container Terminal with an investment of Rs.633 crore, the demand for container cargo will witness a quantum jump in the next two to three years.

Three roller-skaters from the city have exuded confidence that they would win medals in the World junior artistic championships to be held at Cali in Columbia later this month.

R. Arun Kumar, R. Farheen Sheik and Bopanna Nishank are in the eight-member Indian team participating in the World junior meet. Arun and Farheen took fourth position in the Asian championships last year.

President of The Olympic Association T.S.R. Prasad, district roller-skating association secretary M. Syam Babu, vice-president T. Shobha Sree, coach Pavan Kumar, secretary of AP Roller-Skating Association Bhagirath Kumar and others wished the skaters a success in the World meet. The skaters are leaving the city on Thursday and join the Indian team at New Delhi.

08.09.2015:

International Fleet Review (IFR) will be held in Vizag Smart City from 4th to 9th February, 2016 delegates from 80 countries are expected to participate in the IFR.  Rs. 100 crores allotted for this event. Beautification works on beach road like Land scapping, development of parks, Chairs and Benches and also providing Street lighting, Water, Sanitation facilities by GVMC.

Vizag Smart City Air port growing rapidly day by day by creating new records in passenger traffic. In the month of July itself 1,44,342 passengers and going towards top 15 Air Ports in India.   From Visakhapatnam Airport 4 National 4 International Air lines operating their services, Air India, Indigo, Air Asia, Spicejet, Silk Air  etc.  Daily 16 to 18 flights operating by various Air lines from Visakhapatnam Air Port. Due to increase in passenger traffic Vizag Air Port crossed six other air ports in the country passenger traffic wise and try to find the place in top 15 Airports in India.

07.09.2015:

Breaking his silence on shifting of Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday made it clear that under no circumstances it would be relocated.

Putting at rest the talk of shifting the zoo, which was thrown open to public in 1977 after developing in natural surroundings in an area of 625 acres, Mr. Naidu said the government was committed to developing the zoo further by creating additional facilities to attract tourists and spread awareness on wildlife.

Human Resources Development Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao raked up a controversy during Vanamahotsavam programme in May by saying that a decision was taken at the highest level to shift the zoo and develop the area into a botanical garden and introduce night safari. His statement led to a strong criticism among students of various schools and colleges, nature lovers and non-government organisations. The issue fuelled speculation that real estate interest was behind the move.

The zoo, which is a part of Kambalakonda Reserve Forest, has 850 animals of 75 species, including several primates, carnivores, mammals, ungulates and birds attracting on an average 4,000 visitors every day.

To a pointed question whether the zoo would be shifted, Mr. Naidu said: “there is no plan to relocate the zoo.”

The Chief Minister said he had directed the officials on how to strengthen the zoo and develop Kambalakonda Nature Park located opposite the zoo into an ideal destination for eco-tourism.

Vizag Bird Watchers’ Society member and chartered accountant P. Vikram, who had launched a campaign on social media against the move to shift the zoo, when contacted, told The Hindu that they were very happy with the announcement not to relocate the zoo.

Mr. Srinivasa Rao and his Cabinet colleague Ch. Ayanna Patrudu were present when Mr. Naidu made the announcement.

04.09.2015:

Waste water treatment plants.

The GVMC’s efforts to supplement water supply to the industry with recycled water may soon come to fruition if a public-private partnership project materialises.

The three sewage treatment plants at One Town, Appu Ghar, and Mudasarlova have a capacity of 63 MLD. Waste water from them can be used for industrial purposes after tertiary treatment.

“About 57 MLD of water will be available after treatment. The GVMC will provide land to the agency for setting up the recycling plant,” says Municipal Commissioner Pravin Kumar. An agreement has already been reached with an agency for tertiary treatment, but the price for kilolitre of recycled water has to be hammered out. The agency wants to sell it at Rs.49 a KL.

“We got the rate evaluated by credit rating agency CRISIL. A draft report has already been given and a final report is awaited,” Mr. Pravin Kumar said.The GVMC supplies bulk water to industry at Rs.36 a KL, which is proposed for revision. With change at the helm and a new MA&UD Secretary taking over, the decision got delayed.“In a couple of weeks, there will be more clarity,” he said.Mr. Pravin Kumar is of the view that the rate for recycled water should be competitive compared to the revised bulk water price. The GVMC itself can supply the recycled water to the industry.

The recycling of water will make available an additional 12 mgd of water. Water recycling is one of the parameters for smart city. Project is aimed at catering to the needs of the industry

Civil work for construction of a building begins today

All is set for construction of a building of Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre at Aganampudi near here. The building is coming up on a 77-acre site allotted by APIIC. This is the site where Volkswagen planned to set up its car manufacturing unit ten decades ago, but it did not materialise.

The hospital, which has been functioning for about one year, is all set to enter a new phase with the contractor concerned beginning the Rs. 154-crore civil works on Friday. Rajya Sabha member T. Subbarami Reddy got the hospital sanctioned when he was Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Science and Technology. The first phase of the hospital will have 100 beds and is expected to be completed in 18 months.

At present the hospital is functioning from containers that converted into rooms. It has the latest equipment in digital radiology, digital sonography and mammography. Each room is named after a river.

The hospital is adequately staffed with oncologists, surgeons and physicians along with paramedical staff. “Each day 25 to 35 patients are being treated and 15 are being given chemo therapy while surgeries are being conducted at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the city, for which we have entered into an MoU with the hospital,” hospital director D. Raghunadharao has said. The hospital’s pharmacy sells medicines at a very low price.

The hospital is also providing palliative care, hospice service, homecare, and conducting screening camps. The hospital has adopted two villages in Vizianagaram district. It is also conducting camps at Narsipatnam area. The service is being provided with the help of Rotary Club, Maanava Seva organisation, Sneha Sandhya and individuals like Dwivedula Sastry.

The Visakhapatnam Port Trust has been approached to hand over one floor of the port hospital to be converted into a cancer care unit where operation theatre and other facilities would be provided. The port management has tentatively agreed to the proposal.

A ‘dharamasala’ (choultry) is also coming up along with the hospital for the convenience of patients who need surgery or intensive care, and their attendants, according to Dr. Raghunadharao. When completed, the ‘dharmasala’ will accommodate 50 families and the patient and attendant will be provided food free of cost.

03.09.2015:

Air Asia hints at more flights from Vizag

Air Asia Berhad, with connections to Kuala Lumpur and beyond from eight cities in India, including Visakhapatnam, is committed to providing low fares and better services to consumers, its CEO Aireen Omar has said.

At a roundtable with the media on her first visit to India, Ms. Aireen Omar said that the Visakhapatnam – Kuala Lumpur flight launched in May this year was offering convenient connections to other international destinations like Australia, Singapore, and China.

The Air Asia Group, with an extensive network to over 80 destinations and over 180 aircraft, operates Airbus A 320 aircraft.

She said that apart from the introduction of two new routes from India (Vizag and Goa) to Kuala Lumpur, Air Asia Berhad would be increasing its flight frequencies for the Kochi – KL flight from 10 to 14 times a week with effect from November 19 this year.

The other cities which Air Asia Berhad connects to KL are: Tiruchirapalli, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad.

Responding to a query, Ms. Aireen Omar said that with consistent average flight loads of around 75 per cent during the last three months, the Vizag – KL flight was doing good but felt it could do even better.

There are plans to connect other destinations in Malaysia from Vizag.

Air Asia would connect to four more destinations in future, she said but declined to divulge the details as competitors could take advantage of it.

‘Fly-thru’ seamlessly

Air Asia passengers travelling from Visakhapatnam to KL could avail themselves of the newly introduced ‘fly-thru’ product from the Air Asia Group, which enables them to connect seamlessly to their onward flight without the hassle of transit visa and having the convenience of the bags checked through to their final destination.

The fly-thru facility would give guests from Vizag seamless connectivity to 14 destinations across Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, the Phillipines, South Korea, Thailand, and Malysia via the Air Asia hub in KL.

She said that Singapore, Brunei, and Phuket were the most popular ‘fly-thru’ destinations being selected by passengers from Visakhapatnam.

 

02.09.2015:

Consultancy firm for smart city bid.

The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) will zero in on a suitable consultancy firm by September 10 for preparing the ‘smart city’ proposal to compete with 97 other cities and get shortlisted for the first phase of the project in which only 20 cities will be selected. The selected consultancy is likely to begin work on the proposal from September 15 and complete the task within 100 days from the date of work order. A specially appointed committee comprising officials from the department of municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) and AP Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation (APUFIDC) will select the firm from 11 consultants shortlisted on the basis of their Request for Proposal (RFPs), on September 10. The estimated cost of the assignment is Rs 40 lakh. The 11 shortlisted consultants include Darashaw and Co Pvt Ltd, Lea Associates South Asia Pvt Ltd, IIDC Limited in association with Urban Mass Transit Company Ltd, Egis India Consulting Engineers Pvt Ltd in association with IAU idF France and Egis EAU, CRISIL Risk and Infrastructure Solutions Ltd, Mott MacDonald Private Ltd, Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd, AECOM India Pvt Ltd, Knight Frank (India) Pvt Ltd, Infosys Limited and CRP Risk Management Ltd. Meanwhile, speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, GVMC commissioner Pravin Kumar, who is one of the members of the selection committee, said the ‘smart city’ proposal will be submitted to the Union urban development ministry through the state government.

The Union government will allocate Rs 2 crore to each of the 98 selected cities for preparing the ‘smart city’ proposal, Pravin Kumar said.

IIM-V first batch.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is likely to be present when the academic year of first batch of IIM-Visakhapatnam commences on September 21. Mr. Naidu is scheduled to visit the district on September 22 and if the commencement of classes could be postponed by a day. However, if postponement was not possible since the academic calendar was already finalised and students were coming from different parts of the country, Mr. Naidu would interact with the students within the first one week, Minister for HRD Ganta Srinivasa Rao said while interacting with a team of officials from IIM-Bangalore, the mentor IIM of IIM-V and Registrar of Andhra University V. Umamaheswara Rao, Collector N. Yuvaraj and other district officials here on Tuesday.

The IIM-V would start functioning from the campus of AU with 120 students before its building at Gambheeram is ready.

01.09.2015:

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will participate in the State-level function of Teachers’ Day and inaugurate the National inter-district junior athletics meet here on September 5, according to a tentative programme received by the district administration.

Collector N. Yuvaraj held a meeting with officials in preparation for the Chie Minister’s expected visit. He instructed the officials to organise a book festival for four days from September 4 and also a science exhibition.

Departments of school education, higher education and Board of Intermediate Education are jointly organising the Teachers’ Day programme at the AU Engineering College ground in which 15,000 teachers and students are expected to participate.

Athletic meet

This programme will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and later Mr. Naidu would inaugurate the National athletic meet at port stadium at 5 p.m.

He is also expected to participate in the Krishnashtami celebrations at the AS Raja College ground at 6.15 p.m.

29.08.2015:

Giving a fillip to beach beautification and widening of the beach road, Minister for HRD Ganta Srinivasa Rao laid foundation for the two works on Friday.

The beautification of Mangamaripeta, Thotlakonda, Endada and Sagarnagar beaches is being taken up by A P Tourism Development Corporation at an estimate cost of Rs.3.95 crore. The Minister laid the foundation for the four beaches at Thotlakonda beach.

Mr. Srinivasa Rao also laid the foundation for four-laning of the beach road between Mangamaripeta and Bhimili at a cost of Rs.65 crore.

27.08.2015:

The Union Minister for Urban Development, Mr. M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday announced 98 cities which will compete for the second stage of the smart cities challenge, J&K has sought more time to decide the nominee from the State, while UP has reported that Meerut and Raibareily have been tied in the evaluation. Hence, the remaining two nominees will be decided in some time, total smart cities 100.

From Andhra Pradesh – Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Kakinada.

From Telangana – Greater Hyderabad, Greater Warangal.

The Government will now allocate Rs. 2 crore each to these 98 cities for preparation of smart city proposals for competing in the second stage.

Top 20 scoring cities will be chosen in a few months and Rs. 100 crore per city per year will be provided by the Centre for the next five years.

According to the guidelines in the first phase, Centre will pick 20 cities and in the next two years 40 cities each will be selected for receiving central funding of Rs 500 crore spread over the next five years. So, eventually all the cities and municipal areas nominated for this scheme will be developed as smart cities

19.08.2015:

Bids invited for Vizag IT Tower – Signature Tower at Madhurawada IT SEZ hill no. 3.  Successful bidders will be selected on October 30, 2015 by APIIC.

17.08.2015:

Proposal to set up a plant to produce power from solid waste. GVMC searching for consultancy firm to prepare detailed project report (DPR). 200 Acres of land allocated for this plant in Anandapuram Mandal. Around 1600 MT of solid waste generated in the City every day. 

Solid waste management is one of the objective of a smart city.

12.08.2015:

Vizag to new delhi – AC AP Express begins maiden journey

There were smiles all around as the long-pending dream of the people of the State to have a direct hi-tech train from the new State to the national capital was achieved with the flagging off of the new AC AP Express from Visakhapatnam to New Delhi at around 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabu flagged off the train remotely from New Delhi in the presence of Union Ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Sujana Choudhary and Bandaru Dattatreya, Visakhapatnam MP Kambhampati Haribabu and other MPs from the State.

The LED TVs were arranged and the programme was shown live from New Delhi. A meeting was organised by the Waltair Division of East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Platform No-1 of Visakhapatnam Junction before the launch. MLC MVVS Murthy, MLAs Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar, V. Ramakrishna Babu, P. Vishnu Kumar Raju and PGVR Naidu were present.

06.08.2015:

The Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) is planning to develop an ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) incubation centre with the assistance of the central government in the Port City.

In addition to the ESDM incubation facility, STPI is also holding discussions with Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) to construct an IT tower for focus on marine, power and telecom in the city adjacent to the Vuda building at Siripuram.

31.07.2015:

Kapuluppada IT layout 1st phase by Sept

The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) has decided to go ahead with the development of an IT layout in the Port City and has identified around 200 acres for the IT layout that is expected to be ready for handing over to IT companies by the end of August or early September.

According to APIIC sources, the survey for the land has been completed and the corporation is now looking at providing basic infrastructure, including power, water and road connectivity to the IT layout, following which it would be developed into multiple plots.

Ironic as it may sound, Vizag, the smart city of the future, and Andhra Pradesh’s proposed IT hub has no e-waste disposal mechanism in place unlike other IT hubs such as Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Being an IT hub means generation of a lot of e-waste, which is why scientific e-waste disposal is a must, point out environmentalists. However, the good news is that in the next six months to one year, the Port City is likely to get an e-waste facilitator for safe disposal of electronic junk with a treatment plant proposed to come up at Ramky Group’s Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City (JNPC). AP Pollution Control Board’s Vizag division environment engineer Lakshmi Narayana said, “So far Vizag doesn’t have any facilitator for e-waste collection. Around 25-30% of the e-waste is resold or exchanged based on online offers from electronic shops. The remaining is taken by unauthorised collectors for extraction of metals from the products or sometimes taken to Bengaluru and Hyderabad for processing.” “However, with Ramky group coming up with a facilitator for e-waste in the next six months to one year, we will have collection centres, electronic bins for safe disposal and processing plant for reuse or recycling,” he explained.

When contacted, JNPC CEO Lal Krishna confirmed that an e-waste treatment plant, as per the approved protocol, is in the offing but is at an initial stage. “Right now, a survey is going on as to how much e-waste is generated per month in the city. In the course of one year, the plant is supposed to come up in our pharma city on the lines of e-waste treatment plants in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. The treatment procedure will include segregation of metals, plastic, unusable residual products and reusable components. The reusable components will be recycled while the others will be treated, disposed of or extracted as per the standard guidelines for e-waste disposal,” he said.

25.07.2015:

  • Long-term measures to battle beach erosion, including setting up of a 2.5-km-long artificial reef along the city’s coast, will be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 75 crore with financial assistance from World Bank, district collector N Yuvaraj said during a review meeting with various stakeholders in the presence of the beach restoration committee’s coordinator and Visakhapatnam Port Trust chairman MT Krishna Babu at the collectorate here on Friday.

  • Road map to smart policing.Commissionerate identifies a few key areas to make the force really smart.
  • Wi-Fi enabled police stations, GPS fitted police vehicles, Automation of traffic signals, High end central monitory station.
  • Traffic being the major concern, it is proposed to add 11 new traffic police stations to the existing seven.

24.07.2015:

APIIC decides to construct a superstructure on Hill No. 2 at Rushikonda

The A. P. Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) has decided to construct a superstructure with a built-up area of three lakh sft atop Hill No. 2 of Rushikonda, which is fast emerging as Madhapur of Andhra Pradesh.

“We have taken a decision to construct the building in an area of four acres near Sunrise Startup Village on Hill No. 2, which is part of the Madhurawada IT Special Economic Zone,” APIIC Executive Director V. Raghunath told The Hindu .

The building will become home to plug-in and plug-out operators. Part of the space would be allotted to start-ups.

“We will also allot space to small, medium, and large IT players so as to make Visakhapatnam a prominent IT hub,” Mr. Raghunath said.

Visakhapatnam, which has prominent IT players such as Wipro, Tech Mahindra, HSBC, Concentrix, IBM, and Cyient, is estimated to have clocked a turnover of Rs.1,800 crore to Rs.2,000 crore during 2014-15.

The State government has already appointed an American investment management firm, Jones Lang LaSalle, as consultant for construction of a 10-storeyed Signature Tower on Hill No. 3 of Rushikonda on the lines of the Cyber Towers of Madhapur with advanced architectural design.

“We are growing at the rate of 20 to 25 per cent and, once we get big players, the IT growth rate will reach its peak like in Hyderabad,” Rushikonda IT Park Association vice-president O. Naresh Kumar has said.

The Sunrise Startup Village, which was launched at Technology Research and Innovation Park early this year, will be fully operational by December 2016.

As of now, out of 450 registered with the village, 125 start-ups have been allotted space for incubation and mentoring. Govin of Singapore recently launched its operations to provide venture capital funding.

The State government has written letters to big IT companies to launch their operations in the city as part of efforts to promote ‘Brand Vizag’.

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22.07.2015:

The District Administration identified around 400 acres of land in Sabbavaram to establish an Education Hub. Damodaram Sanjeevaiah National Law University (DSNLU) campus is coming up in 64 acres of land near Sabbavaram

Beach erosion: panel moots installation of geo-tubes

The technical committee set up by the State government to recommend measures to arrest severe beach erosion in Visakhapatnam and its neighbourhood has recommended the installation of geo-tubes.

District Collector N. Yuvaraj said on Tuesday that the committee, which submitted its report three days ago, had sought fixing geo-tubes under the soil to protect the shoreline damaged by sand erosion.

National Institute of Oceanographic Technology was asked to study the problem that raised public concern last year following sea surge and collapse of retaining wall of Kursura Submarine Museum and breaching of road near Fishing Harbour.

Six beaches to be developed with water sports and other facilities

Keeping in view the huge potential to put Vizag on world tourism map, six beaches will be developed with water sports and other facilities here by December-end.

During an interactive session with Confederation of Indian Industry here on Tuesday, Neerabh Kumar Prasad, Principal Secretary, Tourism, said the State government had promoted ‘Destination Vizag’ in a big way at Beijing International Tourism Expo and would send teams to woo investors and tourists during JATA Tourism Expo in Tokyo and World Trade Market in London.

He said as part of augmenting infrastructure, they had sought expression of interest for improving facilities at two old beaches and creating four new beaches in the city, which are Rushikonda, Bhimili, Sagarnagar, Yendada, Thotlakonda, and Mangamaripeta. The beaches will have changing rooms, cafeteria, umbrellas, and other facilities. Mr. Prasad said they were also taking steps to introduce cruise tourism in the city by developing a cruise terminal in the port area. Stating that they had big plans to promote Vizag, he said it just like ‘igniting a PSLV which ready for launching.’ He said the city meets all requirements for promotion in eight themes envisaged in the tourism policy. The themes include beach and water-based, eco tourism, religious, heritage, MICE, recreation and adventure, spiritual and medical tourism. Besides developing a tourist resort at Lambasingi in the Agency, which attracts tourists for sub-zero temperature, they were developing an USP for Lord Sri Varaha Lakshmi Nrusimhaswamy temple at Simhachalam.

21.07.2015:

SOLAR TREE AT KAILASAGIRI!

The Vizag Solar Tree to have live labs to monitor the quality of air in the city! The structure will be in the shape of a tree and it will be developed with a joint venture partner involving various research institutions.

VUDA is on the view the project will stand as an iconic structure on Kailasagiri that attracts thousands of tourists daily and that it will help research in renewable energy sources.

17.07.2015:

Promote brand Vizag: Hoteliers

At a time when the number of flights from the Port City to other Indian cities and international destinations are on the rise, hoteliers have called for focus on branding Vizag as an international tourist destination and tackling various issues affecting tourism growth to boost the city’s prospects as a global tourism hub. According to members of the hotel industry, there is an immediate need to look at various issues dogging the industry, including marketing the city at both the local and international level, reducing the exorbitant liquor licence fee, setting up amusement and water parks, improving inter connectivity between tourism spots as well as focus on publicizing local hotspots. Pointing out that the state government needs to take advantage of big-ticket events such as the International Fleet Review (IFR) scheduled for February next year, Fortune Inn Sreekanya general manager Mitish Verma said, “People from more than 70 countries will be participating in the event. Only local hotels are coordinating with the navy for the event, but there is no state government input until now. The AP government needs to showcase Vizag by promoting places such as Araku Valley and the city’s beaches.” He said that with increasing international flights the government should also organize familiarization trips for tour operators and airline officials.Speaking to TOI, Hotel Daspalla general manager S Prashanth said, “The major problem for star hotels is the high liquor licence charges being imposed by the state government. We have to pay Rs 41 lakh in Vizag, whereas it is only Rs 38 lakh in a place like Hyderabad. There are about 37 star hotels in AP and the government will not lose much if they reduce the liquor licence charges. Also, high liquor licence charges are a burden on customers as we have not option but to pass them on to customers. But this is driving away customers, due to which we are not able to recover the charges.” “Every tourism spot needs to have basic facilities such as public toilets and drinking water facilities. We also need to interconnect tourism spots,” he added. Citing the example of  , he said, “If a tourist goes from Vizag to Thotlakonda, he doesn’t have any public transport option to go to other tourist spots from there unless he organizes his own transport. The tourism department needs to look into this issue.”

Pointing out that Vizag’s beaches need to be developed first, general manager of Green Park Hotels, Namit Sinha, said, “A sewage line connects to the beach at every 200-metre stretch. We need to clean it up.” He also demanded improved availability of foreign liquor. “The AP Beverages Corporation needs to stock foreign liquor and supply it to hotels.” Another hotelier, on condition of anonymity, said, “Tell me what the government has done to promote Vizag? Not a single BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) project for tourism has taken off so far. The government needs to fix a time frame for these projects and levy penalties if the promoter doesn’t complete it on time or take away the land allotted.”

“Vizag also badly needs an amusement park or water park. It’s unbelievable that a city of 20 lakh with tourist arrivals of nearly 50-60 lakh per annum doesn’t have an amusement park or water-themed parks. Unless we plan and execute new projects, Vizag will not be able become the Goa of the east,” he added.

16.07.2015:

  • 6 Police stations upgraded in the city.   The new stations will be at Maharanipeta, Duvvada, Dwarakanagar, Airport, Arilova and MVP Colony.  With this move, the vizag police commissionerate will now have  23 police stations.

15.07.2015:

  • IIM-Visakhapatnam mentored by IIM-Bangalore classes from 22nd September at the Andhra University campus – initially for the first year 60 seats.
  • Concentrix plans to double its workforce. Concentrix Corporation, which opened its second facility in Visakhapatnam will double its workforce by creating 1000 new jobs in business process management (BPM).

10.07.2015:

Beach Corridor from Coastal Battery to Bheemil Beach – Rs. 134.9 crores sanctioned for beach corridor for the following works;

Bheemili beach – Plaza, Parking, Toilets block, Way to gali meda, Garden etc.

Rushikond beach – Parking facilities, Toilets, Amphi Theatre.

From Park Hotel to Coastal Battery – Roads, Ceramic tiles on the foot paths, Thatched houses, Granite chairs etc.

Mangamaripeta Beach, Endada Beach, Sagarnagar Beach, Thotlakonda beach  – Sign boards, Entry gate, Benches and other facilities.

07.07.2015:

The government is focusing on e-Governance to bring in greater transparency and paperless office would soon be a reality,” IT Advisor to the State Government J. Satyanarayana said while speaking at a workshop organised on Digital AP.

HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao launched the 1 gbps connectivity to Sunrise Startup Village. In the incubation centre, the ITE&C Department provided 1 gbps dedicated 1:1 Internet bandwidth to cater to all startups.  This is primarily to cater to all the present and future startups to do their businesses without any connectivity hassles and also to support their heavy bandwidth requirement for developing gaming applications.

“The service is taken from Airtel in ring architecture with last mile connectivity from two separate ISPs,” Mr. Sridhar said. This provides uninterrupted connectivity, which is a key factor for IT environment for the startups.

06.07.2015:

VUDA bids for IT Tower project – 12 Storied Building – Incubation and Innovation centre with plug and play facilities.

VUDA had come forward offering its one acre land adjacent to its near Siripuram (beside HSBC) where around 1.25 lakh sft space building is planned. An MOU in this regard will be signed between VUDA and STPI after the consultant submit its report.

After the techno feasibility report is submitted, the consultant will finalise the design and modalities of the incubation centre.  Sources in State IT department pointed out that it will be a 12 storied building.

03.07.2015:

The 10-storeyed building is likely to attract several IT players to the vizag smart city.

Report on Signature Tower by month end. With the deadline nearing, New York-listed Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) has swung into action to complete feasibility study and launch bid process for a joint venture partner for the proposed Signature Tower at sea-facing Rushikonda of Visakhapatnam.

Signature Tower –  The 10-storeyed building is expected to attract several big, medium and small IT players to the city giving a boost to Brand Vizag. APIIC has already acquired 21.16 acres on Hill No. 3 of Rushikonda in Madhurawada IT Special Economic Zone.

The city is estimated to have recorded an IT turnover of Rs.1800 crore to Rs.2,000 crore during 2014-15. The projected growth rate for current fiscal is 15 to 20 per cent.

Vizag is emerging as a leading destination for IT and IT enabled services. The city will emerge as a leading IT hub among tier two cities.

02.07.2015

A Consortium of US based companies, AECOM, IBM and KPMG ready for smart city.  Master plan work to begin in two weeks, specific detailed project report later.

US Trade Development Agency (USTDA) to fund project. As per the MOU, USTDA would contribute funding for feasibility, plot studies and study tours, work shops and training, it will also support consultancies and advisories for the development of Vizag as a Smart City.   Visakhapatnam Smart City plan will also be evaluated by the Union Urban Development Ministry under the 100 smart cities initiative.   State Government after carefully evaluating various bids it received, as per a set laid criteria to prepare a detailed master plan, to a request for proposal, a consortium of US based companies, AECOM, IBM and KPMG has been selected.

25.06.2015:

US, Japan agencies help make Vizag a Smart City.  GVMC Commissioner, Mr. Praveen kumar said that US Trade Development Agency (USTDA) is compiling various data and a master plan is expected to be ready within two months.  Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) and European Aid may also fund certain Smart City projects.                         

23.06.2015:

Vizag Metro Rail – Detailed Project Report (DPR) preparing by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is under preparation and will be submitted to the Govt.of AP before end June,2015! proposals: One station for every 2 Kms. 20-25 stations minimum. Cost for constructing each station is approximately 25-30 crores.

Minimum fare is Rs.5/- Total Kms – 47.5 – Three corridors – Madhurawada to Gajuwaka – 32.5 Kms Thatichetlapalem to Park hotel beach road – 8 Kms Gurudwara to Old post office – 7 Kms

Cost for constructing each Km is approximately 200 crores, therefore total cost of the metro project is 9500 crores.

22.06.2015:

Brand Vizag IT Hub – Oracle India officials have shown interest in acquiring a suitable site to set up a development centre on the beachfront, global networking major Cisco, which will become a key partner to develop Vizag as a smart city, is expected to seek a site for opening its campus. the Incubation Park at Rushikonda would be expanded from 17,500 sft to 50,000 sft by December, 2016 to put the city on global startup map. To spread sunrise civilisation-based Sunrise State, the USP of Navya AP, it has been proposed to develop Signature Campuses. The headquarters of Electronics and IT Agency will also be located in the city.  Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation has identified land for development of IT Special Economic Zone at Kapulauppada and Signature Tower at Rushikonda. IT SEZs have been developed at Rushikonda and Gambheeram.  While Wipro has already obtained permission to expand at its existing campus with SEZ status near Satyam Centre, Tech Mahindra has acquired 10 acres at Rushikonda to develop its second campus.  The city has bright future with so many projects in the pipeline, including a skyscraper at Siripuram as a joint venture by Software Technology Parks of India and Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority,

19.06.2015 :

District Collector, Dr. Yuvaraj & GVMC commissioner, Mr. Praveen kumar informed that  Vizag-Bheemili Beach 4 lines Road will be completed by end Feb, 2016.  Rs. 10 crores allocated for  repairs to the roads in the city and also planning to plant 2.5 lakhs plants in the city.              

15.06.2015:

Metro Rail – Madhurawada – NAD corridor extended till Gajuwaka.  Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will submit the DPR  including this 8.5 Kms from NAD to Gajuwaka.  Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is now conducting the topographic survey for this extended corridor and the traffic, household survey to be conducted soon.  Now the total distance from Madhurawada to Gajuwaka corridor is 32.5 Kms.

12.06.2015:

Domestic Air Cargo will be handled through the Integrated Cargo Complex at Visakhapatnam International Airport from next week. An office of Delex Air Cargo was formally opened on Thursday at the Visakhapatnam International  Air port terminal.

Delex Air Cargo company provided space at the common user terminal at the old terminal building, which has been converted into a cargo complex. They undertake scanning and handling of both inbound and outbound domestic air  cargo on behalf of various airline operators though the office opened on Thursday, actual operations would begin in four days.

10.06.2015:

Divisional Railway Manager, Ms. Chandralekha Mukherjee said that two more escalators and two lifts will soon be installed in the A-1 grade Visakhapatnam Railway Station and the station will also be Wi-Fi enabled, also three ATVM, Four retaining walls and a separate dormitory women passengers.  In Duvvada Railway Station Fourth platform, they are going to construct two waiting halls and also start the booking counter.

06.06.2015:

  • Air Asia is going to operate flights from Vizag to Bangalore from June 18th onwards. Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday evening 6:40 PM departure at Vizag  and arrival at Bangalore 8:10 PM, but on Tuesday departure at Vizag evening 8:25 PM and arrival at Bangalore 10:10 PM and the company also announced starting price Rs. 3000/-.  Air Asia already started direct flights from Vizag to Kaulalamphur.
  • Vizag Railway station services to be more smart – very soon Railways going to construct an Executive Lounge in an area of 2 acres of land at the Jnanapuram side of the Vizag railway station. IRCTC is going to undertake the activity of lounge construction and providing facilities in the lounge.
    • Executive lounge in 4 floors.
    • Free wifi in the lounge premises.
    • AC rooms for the passengers.
    • Live TV for the entertainment of the passengers.
    • Restaurant
    • Online accommodation for long distance travellers, booking facility, rail information online and also to know the availability of berths though this online system.

04.06.2015:

Construction of Signature towers at Rushikonda IT SEZ in an area of  21 acres, each tower consists of 10 floors each and the total cost of the project is Rs. 500 crores, out of 10 floors, 2 floors for parking.  Jones Lang Laselli (JLL) company is appointed for selecting a Project construction consultant and Joint partnership company.  The Government is planning to complete the selection of developer of the project and start the construction work within 2 months.  In a total project area of 21 acres, 70% of the land is utilised for the greenary and the balance 30% for the construction of Twin Towers.

03.06.2015:

Proposal for Electrical Transmission Line Tower (TLT) spare parts manufacturing company to be set up in Visakhapatnam in an area of 50 acres with a total capital cost Rs. 330 crores in a first phase which is to be completed in a period of 16 months.  First phase capacity 1.2 lakhs tonnes per annum and in the second phase 1.8 lakhs per annum. This is a joint venture project of Vizag Steel Plant and Power grid corporation of India with 50:50 partnership and they are going to appoint a consultant for this project.

02.06.2015:

GVMC, Commissioner Mr. Praveen Kumar discussed with World Bank team regarding proposals made by GVMC for beautification of City with Rs. 242 crores. Beautification of beach road from Fishing harbour to RK Beach and from RK beach to Kailasagiri.  Detailed project reports to be submitted regarding roads, drains, sewage, street lighting, land scaping, Under ground drainage works.

26.05.2015:

Metro Rail – Mr. Sreedharan, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said that the Detailed Project Report for three corridors on a total stretch of 39 KM are expected to be ready by the end of June, 2015.  The DPR will be submitted along with designs for integrate flyovers at NAD, Tech Mahindra & Maddilapalem Junctions.

21.05.2015:

A Greenfield unit to produce calcium aluminate binders is coming up in Pudi village on the outskirts of the city.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the 30,000-tonne per annum capacity unit of the Kerneos India Aluminate Private Limited, the Indian subsidiary of the French company, was performed at the site on Wednesday. The unit was allotted 20.55 acres in the village by the APIIC and the plant would be completed in two years with an investment of Rs 120 crore, Managing Director Segi P. Idicula and Director (Industries) Pierre Baillagou told reporters at a media conference.

The company had chosen the site due to easy access to two ports, Visakhapatnam and Gangavaram, and other advantages. They said the company was having 11 plants in the world and the Pudi plant would be the twelfth, the first in India. The plant, a highly automated one, would generate 100 jobs directly or indirectly.

17.05.2015:

Government is planning to build a Super Speciality Block in KGH with a capital cost of Rs. 75 crores, which will be very useful for the below poverty line  & economically backward people. The funds for this project sponsored by various corporate companies and organisations under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – ONGC – 17 crores, NTPC – 5 crores, GAIL – 10 crores, RINL-Vizag Steel- 10 crores, Nuclear Power Corporation – 5 crores, HPCL – 5 crores, Vizag port trust – 5 crores, NMDC-5 crores.

16.05.2015:

  • World Bank to grant Rs. 35 cr aid  to City Zoo park to take up five major projects.
  • Safari Park in an area of 30 hectares of land opposite the Zoo and serves as an Animal Rescue Center.
  • Sea water aquarium near Zoo park.
  • Captive breeding of three new species, Mouse Deer, Rusty spotted Cat, Fishing Cat.
  • Making new enclosures.
  • Repairs and remodelling.

15.05.2015:

  • Direct cargo container operations started from Visakha Container Terminal to Jebel Ali Port, Dubai & Sohar Port, Oman  by  Evergreen Line, fifth largest shipping company in the World.
  • In order to bring its management programmes to international standards, particularly MBA, Gitam University has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with 123-year-old Central Michigan University (CMU) of USA and also discussed the possibility of collaborations in teaching and research.

14.05.2015:

  • Proposal for extension of  Madhurawada – NAD Kotha Road Metro rail corridor till Gajuwaka. Government asked Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to prepare Detailed Project Report (DPR) for this also.
  • Visakhapatnam Port Trust is planning to set up a Multilevel Logistics Park near Anakapalli in a 400 acres of land with a capital cost of Rs. 500 crores, which will be the first Logistics park in the East Coast of India. This park will be useful for storage/distribution of items imported from Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia to the various destinations in the Country. It is also fulfil the market needs of 7 States within the range of 600 Kms from Visakhapatnam. 25 Kms long railway line also to be laid from the Vizag Port to the proposed logistics park. In this Logistics park, facilities like warehousing, cold storage, assembling, packing units facilities also to be provided. With this proposed International Standard Logistics Park, Visakhapatnam will become the International Business Center. 

12.05.2015:

  • Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) is planning to set up their center in Visakhapatnam.  The activity of the IIP is increasing the standards of packing, Research, Development, training programs for the students in the packing industry.  Now a days, this is very useful because of rapid growth in the E-Commerce industry.
  • Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) is planning to build Ravindra Bharathi AC Auditorium in MVP Colony with International design and standards and also renovation of Gurajada Kala kshetram, Siripuram.

08.05.2015 : Air Asia started its direct flight operations from 8th May, 2015 onwards from Kualalumpur – Vizag – Kualalumpur weekly thrice Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

06.05.2015: City Police Commissioner, Mr. Amit Garg said that the existing Cyber Cell to be converted into full fledged Cyber police station due to an increasing number of cyber crime cases being recorded in the Port city.  Upgrading the cyber cell will enhance the capabilities of the police force to crack cyber crimes.

30.04.2015 : Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) signed an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh State Government for investing nearly Rs. 17,000 crores to set up a 9 mmtpa refinery at its existing facility at Malkapuram, Visakhapatnam.  This new facility would be used for producing motor spirits and diesel.  Environmental friendly technology will be used by HPCL to develop this new refinery.  The project will be completed within 42 months from the date of environmental clearance issued by the centre.

30.04.2015 : Virgin Atlantic is planning to operate flight from Visakhapatnam to London (Heathrow Airport) from November, 2015 onwards.

  • Varshitha Airlines is planning to operate flights to Delhi & Mumbai from Vizag from October, 2015 onwards.
  • Spicejet is planning to operate flights to Srinagar & Varanasi from Vizag from July, 2015 onwards.

28.04.2015 – Proposal for two international convention centres to be developed at Mudasarlova and Rushikonda (opposite Hill no.3).  With these convention centres, city has bright scope to emerge as a leading hub for Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions. 

27.04.2015 – Singapore based GOVIN Capital, which signed MOU with Govt.of Andhra Pradesh for setting up an incubation facility, is expected to start operations by June, 2015 in a space of  2600 Sft on the second floor of the incubation centre at Madhurawada IT hills.

As per the MOU, GOVIN Capital planned to incubate 100 start up companies and nurture 1000 students to turn entrepreneurs in the next five years.

GOVIN Capital would be the second incubator to set up base in Vizag following Sunrise Startups, which has already commenced operations at the incubation centre at Madhurawada IT hill no. 3.

24.04.2015 – Air Asia is going to operate flights from Visakhapatnam – Kaulalamphur – Perth  from May 7th onwards.

23.04.2015 – Proposal for Akshardam temple – Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), evinced interest in setting up the project in the city.  The Swaminarayan Trust is proposed to set up the Akshardam temple in Visakhapatnam near Simhachalam temple, similar to the temples already set up by them  in Gujarat and Delhi.

22.04.2015 – Proposal for Mega Convention Centre Project over 70-100 acres area with a seating capacity of  8,000 to 10,000,  near the Shriram Properties project along the Rushikonda beach road. 17 companies have submitted EOIs. Government will issue the Request for Proposal notification in the month of May.  Salient features of the mega convention center project are, an exhibition center, Five star hotel, shopping mall with multiplexes, leisure facilities or amusement park and food courts.

21.04.2015 – Smart Buses for Smart City BS4 Formula buses, AC box for every seat, three CC cameras in the bus, FM radio, Cell phone / Laptop charging available for every seat.  These buses are running through GPS system and on the screen it displays coming  station and also the next station.  At present, these buses are running from Visakhapatnam to Anakapalli, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.

20.04.2015 : Brandix India Apparel City (BIAC) has joined hands with four Chinese players to facilitate direct investment in home textiles in its facility located at Atchuthapuram mandal in the district.

BIAC signed MoUs with Jiangsu Kingday Textile Co Limited, Zhejiang Hengyuan Chemical Fiber Group, Kunshan Rising Textile and Garment Co Limited as well as Sumec Textile and Light Industry Co Limited on Friday during CM, Mr. N Chandrababu Naidu’s visit to China to garner investments for AP.

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This website is about furnishing the News, Action Plan (Mission), Current issues regarding development of Visakhapatnam as a Smart City.  I request all the people living in the city  to give their suggestions / comments as a social responsibility on the action plan and the projects that are going to be taken up by the Government.  Apart from the Government, as Citizens, we all should contribute some thing to develop this Port City as a Smart City.  Let us all join hands together to make this  beautiful city as a Smart City –

Mission Smart City

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Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi with the President of USA, Mr. Barack Obama & with the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr.N. Chandrababu Naidu.

 

Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu – Minister for Urban development and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India.

 

Mr. P. Narayana – Minister for Municipal Administration,  Urban Development , Urban Water Supply and Urban Planning, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Visakhapatnam Urban consists 7 MLA constituencies and 1 MP constituency.

Minister                                                                                                                                                     

Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao – Minister for Human Resources Development & Education (Primary Education, Secondary Education, Higher & Technical Education) – MLA, Bheemili constituency.  

Member of Parliament – Lok Sabha

Dr. Kambhampati Haribabu – Member of Parliament – Visakhapatnam Constituency.    

Members of  the Legislative Assembly  of  Andhra Pradesh from Visakhapatnam Urban Constituencies;

Mr. Velagapudi Ramakrishna Babu – MLA, East constituency    

Mr. Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar – MLA,  South constituency

Mr. P. Vishnukumar Raju – MLA,  North constituency

Mr. P.V.G.R. Naidu – MLA,  West constituency

Mr. Palla Srinivasa Rao – MLA, Gajuwaka constituency

Mr. Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy – MLA – Pendurthi constituency

Visakhapatnam Rural consists 8 MLA constituencies and 2 MP constituencies.

Minister                                                                                                                                                     

Mr. Ch. Ayyanna Patrudu – Minister for Panchayat Raj, Rural Water Supply, NREGS – MLA, Narsipatnam constituency.  

Members of Parliament – Lok Sabha

Mr. Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao – Member of Parliament – Anakapalli Constituency.   

Mrs. Kothapalli Geetha – Member of Parliament – Araku Constituency.   

Members of  the Legislative Assembly  of  Andhra Pradesh from Visakhapatnam Rural Constituencies;

Mr. K.S.N. Raju – MLA – Chodavaram constituency

Mr. B.M. Naidu – MLA – Madugula constituency

Mr. Kidari Sarveswara Rao – MLA – Araku valley constituency

Mrs. Giddi Eswari – MLA – Paderu constituency

Mr. P. Govind Satyanarayana – MLA – Anakapalli constituency

Mr. Panchakarla Ramesh Babu – MLA – Yelamanchili constituency

Mrs. V. Anitha  – MLA – Payakaraopet constituency

 Visakhapatnam District – Members of Legislative Council elected from Local Authorities Constituencies quota;

Dr. M.V.V.S. Murthy  – MLC

Mr. Pappala Chalapathi Rao  – MLC

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