Current Issues

Completion of 2 Corridors of Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) roads – 17.8 KMs Simhachalam Corridor ( Simhachalam, Adavivaram, Hanumanthawaka, Venkojipalem, Maddilapalem to RTC complex) and 23.24 Kms Pendurthi Corridor (Pendurthy, Vepagunta, Gopalapatnam, NAD kotha road, Kancharapalem to RTC complex). More than 8 years after launching work, the city still awaits the completion of BRTS roads. BRTS – a non-starter in the city – Court cases on land acquisition delay corridors work.

State Govt.of Andhra Pradesh had submitted the Detailed Project Rerport (DPR) for Vizag Metro Rail Project prepared by DMRC, to the Union Govt. The Union Cabinet has to approve the project and also to be decided which organisation would be funding the project.

State Govt.of AP has sent a proposal to the Central Govt for their approval to obtain a loan of Rs. 6,371 crores from Japan International Cooperative Agency (JICA) and also Union Urban Development Ministry’s approval for the Metro Project and form a special purpose vehicle to start the Metro Work.

Total estimated cost of the Vizag Metro Rail Project is Rs. 13,488 crores.Total Corridors – 3. Total Kms – 42.55

Metro Rail Project get Govt.of AP’s Cabinet Nod on 16.11.2015.

Vizag Smart City Metro Rail Project gets Govt. of Andhra Pradesh Cabinet nod. The project works, which will be started in the early 2016, are expected to be completed the first phase (Madhurawada to Gajuwaka corridor) by end Dec,2018 and the remaining two corridors (Thatichetlapalem to Old Post Office via Railway Station, Gurudwara to Park Hotel) by end 2020.

According to sources, it would take atleast another 3-4 months for the DPR to get the Union Urban Development Ministry’s nod and form a special purpose vehicle to entrust the responsibility of Metro Work.

Detailed Project Report (DPR) submitted by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for Metro Rail Project on 12.09.2015.

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.

The proposed  IT Tower is at the Visakhapatnam Special Economic Zone (VSEZ) premises in Duvvada.  Union minister for commerce and industry Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman  laid the foundation stone for the tower in August, 2014, which is expected to cost around Rs 40 crore.

The IT tower was to come up over 2.5 acres with a plinth area of 1.09 lakh sft with plug and play facilities for IT firms along with two floors set aside exclusively for data recovery centres.

17.03.2016 – Consortium of Anglo Schools (UK) and Nova-Priyadarshini group of institutions formed. International School strength would be around 2000. The Curriculum would be a mix of both Indian and UK school syllabi. Reliance Developers will construct the building. Efforts are on to start operations from the 2017-18 academic year.

Request for Proposal notification for  selection of developer for an International School. Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (INCAP) invited Request for Proposal (RFP) for selection of the developer for an International School  at Adavivaram, Simhachalam in Vizag Smart City on PPP basis (International Competitive Bidding) – 15 acres of land has been identified and the cost of the project is INR 93.4 crores and the school is expected to cater to 2000 students including 500 residential students.

  • Curriculum: Mandatory: IB or IGCSE or any other relevant international standard curriculum; Optional: CBSE/ICSE etc.
  • Grades: Nursery to 12
  • No of students per class room: 25
  • No of classrooms: 80
  • Faculty student’s ratio > 1:16

To start the construction of Super Speciality block in King George Hospital (KGH).

Andhra Pradesh 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.

Super Speciality Block in  King George Hospital will be constructed in 7 floors to set up Critical Care, Radiotherapy, Anchology like super speciality departments.

From Ground Floor to 2nd Floor, Radiation Oncology, Orthopedic, Nuclear Medicine departments, in the third floor, 90 beds cancer operation department, Intensive care in 4th floor along withanesthesia department, Operation theatres in the 6th floor and a conference hall in 7th floor.

Proposal for Govt. Dental College in Vizag Smart City is pending since long time. Proposal has been made to Medical Council of India (MCI) to set up Govt. Dental College, which will be affiliated to Andhra Medical College, to start with 100 seats. A report has been sent to the State Govt.of Andhra Pradesh regarding infrastructure required for setting up the Dental College.

06.06.2016 : Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said that the classes for IIPE would commence from August 2016, in Visakhapatnam Smart City. The Indian Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IIPE) “the fourth university in the country specialising in courses in petroleum engineering” will launch classes for its maiden batch here in Vizag Smart City from 2016-17 academic year.

28.05.2016 : The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today launched the website of Indian Institute of Petroleum & Energy (IIPE), Visakhapatnam (www.iipe.ac.in). The institute will primarily focus on teaching and research in petroleum and energy. IIT Kharagpur will be the mentor institute for the establishment of IIPE.

14.05.2016 : HPCL officials has taken over the land from the Govt.of Andhra Pradesh on 13.05.2016 for construction of Petroleum University at Antakapally in Sabbavaram Mandal, Visakhapatnam District in an area of 150 acres of survey nos. 113, 114 & 117.

20.04.2016 : Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) classes will be commenced from August, 2016 at the temporary campus in Andhra University Engineering College. Initially admissions will be provided for 120 B.Tech candidates in two courses and 36 M.Tech candidates in two courses. Joint Secretary of Union Petroleum Ministry, Ms. Sushma Rath visited AU along with District Collector, Mr. Yuvaraj and conducted a meeting regarding conducting classes, setting up an office and also providing facilities to students like library, hostel, conference hall etc.

Central Govt. has allocated an amount of Rs. 1 crore in the Budget for the year 2016-17.

Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) in Vizag Smart City.Temporary campus from the academic year 2016-17 at Andhra University until built their own campus at Anthakapally Village in Sabbavaram Mandal. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 4th February between IIPE and Andhra University to start the IIPE sessions during the academic year 2016-17. The MoU is for a period of 3 years till the period IIPE sets up the infrastructure in its own premises. The MoU is facilitated by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited.

Petroleum University at Sabbavaram Mandal in Vizag Smart City. Govt.of Andhra Pradesh allotted 150 acres of land to the proposed Petroleum University at Anthakapalli (V) in Sabbavaram (M). Classes will be commenced from the next academic year.

Land identified at Gurrampalem near Pendurthi in the city for development of EHMC.

We need to get clarification as to who will fund the infrastructure development for the EHMC. As soon as the clearance is issued from the government, we will take up the development of the cluster by providing roads, power, water and other necessary infrastructure, said an APIIC official.The in-principle clearance was received a month ago. We have to prepare the final project report and send it to the central government. Once we get the final clearances, we will divide the clusters into plots and offer it to different electronic companies, a senior IT department official said, adding, A couple of companies have shown interest in the cluster, but it may increase as and when the cluster is formally announced. An IT department official said, We can invite the companies to come and set up shop only after the central government declares the cluster. As and when the central government approves the cluster, it will also provide large funding for development of infrastructure for the EHMC.

APIIC invites Request for Proposal (RFP) for Selection of Consultant for preparation of Detailed Project Report for the proposed Greenfield Electronic Hardware Manufacturing Cluster (EHMC) at Gurrampalem near Pendurthy in Vizag Smart City. The due date for submitting the proposal is over on 15.02.2016.

Central Govt. has allocated Rs. 40 crores in the Budget for the year 2015-16 and Rs. 30 crores in the Budget 2016-17.

Classes started at the Andhra Bank School of Business (temporary premises) in Andhra University campus from August,2015, till it moves to its own campus at Gambheeram.

Construction of Indian Institute of Management, Visakhapatnam – IIM(V) campus at Ghambeeram, near Madhurawada. Total estimated cost for the construction of campus is Rs. 650 crores in an area of 400 acres.

As per R&B department, 4 lane road will be completed by Feb, 2017. The R&B department has been entrusted with the task of the expanding the existing Vizag-Bheemili last stretch of 9.6 kilometres between Ramadri and Bheemili at a cost of Rs 65 crore.

Completion of 4 lane road from Vizag to Bheemili beach, which will be useful for the development of Tourism and IT sector. 26 KMs stretch Vizag – Bheemili beach road Swarnandhra Sagara Theeram starting from Kailasagiri Ropeway, into a four lane corridor and develop necessary infrastructure to promote Tourism. Four laning the road, developing a 3mt central median with landscapping and 7.5 mt carriage way on either side, raised footpaths and kerbs, improvement of curves, widening of bridges and culverts, central lighting, view points on the beachfront at selected places are some of the salient features of the project.

Kailasagiri, Tenneti park, Jodugullapalem beach, Sagarnagar beach, Kartheekavanam/Yendada Beach, Rushikonda beach, Thotla konda, Bhavikonda, Mangamaripeta Beach, Erramatti Dibbalu, Bheemili Beach are the beautiful tourist spots on the Vizag – Bheemili beach corridor.

The Anandapuram-Anakapalli state highway will be converted into a six-lane national highway bypass from Anandapuram to Anakapalli via Sabbavaram at an estimated cost of Rs. 1000 crore, for which a detailed project report (DPR) will be prepared. The 48-km stretch will be able to divert the traffic from the congested City NH-16 road.

Completion of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Anandapuram – Anakapalli Six Lane National Highway and call for tenders.

Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) invited Request for Proposal (RFP) for preparation of master plan for development of Integrated IT township at Kapulauppada – consultant to be appointed for preparation of master plan.

Ravindra Bharati-like cultural complex to be built by VUDA on 1.6-acre site in MVP Colony beside Rythu Bazaar with a seating capacity of 1500 seats. HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said a landmark auditorium with a cost of Rs.30 crore would come up at MVP Colony, making the city a cultural hub.

Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (INCAP) invited Request for Proposal (RFP) for development of Convention Centre at Madhurawada on PPP basis (International Competitive Bidding) – Bid Due Date – 3PM on 16.09.2016.

Request for Proposal notification for  Mega Convention Centre Project over 70-100 acres area with a seating capacity of  5,000,  near Madhurawada.  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.

  • Convention Centre – 5,000 pax.
  • Exhibition Centre – 50,000 sq. ft.
  • Hotel – 5 star 150 keys.
  • Commercial complex/ plaza – Built up area – 200,000 sq. ft.
  • Support facilities and infrastructure.
  • Parking facility.

In order to promote the growth of the Hospitality sector and Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions (MICE) under tourism industry in the state, and thereby to give an impetus to the local economy, it is envisaged to develop a Convention Center in Visakhapatnam Smart City.

Zoo Park, Safari Park & Sea Water Aquarium – 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.

27.06.2016 : The State Government Andhra Pradesh had drawn a master plan to develop famous hill shrine Simhachalam with good amenities and infrastrucutre at a cost of ₹ 162 cr. With the new facilities around 1 crore pilgrims can also be accommodated on the Hill Shrine.

27.06.2016 : As per the plan, around 5 zones to be developed. Fize zones that will be developed are Hilltop, Adavivaram, Pushkarini, foothill and sunday market. There are many invaluable herbs and medicinal plants on the Simhachalam hills and efforts will be put into conserve and preserve them.

Arrangements are being made for LED lights, construction of view point with 6.5 crores, 20 wooden cottages, conference hall etc., also developing USP for Lord Sri Varaha Lakshmi Nrusimhaswamy temple at Simhachalam.

A-1 grade Visakhapatnam Railway Station – 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.

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.  IRCTC would be setting up a world class food plaza in the Visakhapatnam Railway Station.

The Visakhapatnam Station will also have two more escalators and lifts by end of May,2016, 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.

Bid due date is over on 07.12.2015 for submission of Request for Proposal (RFP), after that no news from APIIC regarding finalization of developer.

Government has to speed up the bidding process for construction of Iconic Building – Signature Tower at Madhurawada IT SEZ, which is very important for development of IT in Visakhapatnam and the foundation stone to be laid.

Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) invited Request for Proposal (RFP) for development of Signature Tower at Madhurawada in Vizag Smart City on Public – Private Partnership (PPP) basis.

APIIC has invited an e-tender for the construction of Millennium Tower at Plot No. 16 & 17 (in 4 acres) at Hill No.3, IT SEZ, Madhurawada. Approximate value of the tender is 86.80 crore and the period of the work is 15 months and the last date of tender submission is 23.04.2016.

18.03.2016 : According to an IT department official, the Millenium Tower project at Hill 3 in Rushikonda will provide around 3 lakh sft to companies planning to set up offices in the Port City. “The Millenium Tower will be built on Plot No 16 and 17 of Hill 3 and it will be a government-constructed building for IT companies. This will be a permanent tower and is meant for IT companies focussing on Vizag as an IT destination,” the official said, adding that the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) has prepared the request for proposal from interested parties for construction of the building.

The IT Department will have five floor tower to be named Millennium Tower with three lakh sft space that will come up in a four-acre land adjacent to the Madhurawada IT SEZ Incubation Tower. The first two floors will be for start-up units and the rest of three floors will be allotted for companies.

In the presence of the Union IT, Electronics and Communications Minister, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Chiief Minister, Mr. Chandrabau Naidu and Union Urban Development Minister Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu, a memorandum of understanding was signed on 18.02.2016 for setting up an IT incubation centre at Siripuram Junction in Vizag Smart City jointly by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) and the Software Technology Park of India (STPI) at a total cost of Rs. 62.70 crore. The VUDA would provide the land valued at Rs. 16.7 crore free of cost and the STPI would bear the rest of the cost (Rs 46 crores). The IT incubation centre, expected to be ready by April 2018, is projected to provide jobs to 2,500 and achieve IT exports of Rs. 300 crore. Roughly, 50 small IT units may come up in the centre.

Preliminary work to be commenced for construction of Tallest IT tower consists of 10 to 12 floors  in an area of 1.2 acres at Siripuram between VUDA and HSBC, the joint venture project of Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority  and Software Technology Parks of India (Ministry of Information Technology).  This huge tower in the heart of the city to provide more space to the IT entrepreneurs and startups. This tower is first of its kind domain-specific incubation and innovation center on marine, power and petroleum to encourage small and medium IT players and Startups.

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. 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.

Expansion of Visakhapatnam International Airport is very much required because many international airlines are going to operate their flights from Visakhapatnam and also domestic traffic is increasing day by day.

10.02.2016 : Vizag Smart City’s International Airport to get ‘A’ grade airport status soon, as the passenger traffic crossed 15 lakhs in the year 2015. Airport’s Authority of India (AAI) taking steps to develop the Airport by construction of Six more parking bays, which will facilitate parking of 12 Aeroplanes at a time. Existing runway is 10030 ft and they want to expand another 300 ft and 3 more Aerobridges. Already various International Airline companies operating their flights to Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Kaulalumphur, Port Blair and also they are interested to operate Boeing 747, Airbus 340 and Air India Dreamliner from Vizag International Airport.

To start the International Air Cargo operations and construction of Air Cargo Complex at the Visakhapatnam International Air Port. At present most of the cargo is routed through either Chennai or Hyderabad.

Air cargo from the city consists of seafood, pharmaceutical units as well as apparel and jewellery manufacturers based in Vizag require the facility. Moreover, the city airport lacks a radioactive material shed, hazardous cargo shed, live animal shed, cold storage or walk-in coolers and a centre for perishable cargo.

Visakhapatnam as Head Quarters, new Railway Zone to be formed.

Vistadome Coaches (see-through glass coaches) on Kirandol Passenger 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.

Ms. Chandralekha Mukherjee said that most awaited and longterm dream of equipping Vizag – Araku scenic route with vistadome coaches most likely to be realized by August,2016, to facilitate the operation of a vistadome coaches, the platforms also need a lot work, which is under process. The specially designed transparent acrylic coach enables passengers to see all dimensions of nature from the comfort of their seats, which would attract more tourists to Araku valley. The train line passes through 84 bridges and 58 tunnels.

Development of Kambalakonda Nature Park into an ideal destination for eco-tourism park.

On a sprawling 7,146 hectares on National Highway 16 lies the Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary. This reserve forest is one of the major green zones in the city, complete with green hills, forests and a reservoir. DFO said that World Bank has sanctioned Rs. 1.29 for development of Kambalakonda. With the funds, we plan to build a natural trekking path, circulation tanks, jetty, desilt the check dams, repair the river crossing unit or the ropeway, get new fibre boats and life jackets, ensure essential amenities for visitors, install a chained mesh around the park to prevent escape of deer or other animals and set up streetlights and fire-fighting equipment.

As part of the formation of city forests, part of kambalakonda wildlife sanctuary was identified for development of Maha Viskha Nagar Vanam covering an extent of 160.19 hectares. The components of Maha Visakha Nagar Vanam are formation of walking path, childrens park, watch towers, rest places, trekking path, butterfly park, theme park, environmental education centre, night safari, plantation of native and ornamental forest species.

03.03.2016 : Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) in Vizag Smart City. Once ITIR is sanctioned, the development of the city as a prominent IT hub would have got shot in the arm with pumping in of Rs.5,000 crore to create the required ecosystem. As the Ministry of IT and Communications will revise its policy, the DPR submitted by Ernst & Young couple of years ago may become redundant now. The State government is likely to be forced to submit a fresh proposal for sanction of IT Investment Region in Visakhapatnam with the Centre deciding to have a re-look at the ITIR policy.

The State Government has submitted the proposal to the Centre after Ernst and Young conducted a detailed project report. ITIR in Visakhapatnam is envisaged in 40.4 sq. km with an estimated investment of Rs.50,000 crore to Rs.60,000 crore in phases to create direct jobs to nine lakh persons. Startups, hardware manufacturing and software development with social infrastructure.

For Sea Tourism, Passenger Jetties to be constructed at Fishing Harbour, Bheemili, Yarada 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.

For development of Sea Tourism, Small luxury Ships to be introduced.  These luxury ships to be operated from Fishing Harbour / Bheemili Jetty, which will run between Bheemili – Fishing Harbour – Yarada. The operators of these small luxury ships should provide restaurant, music, games  etc in the Ship. 

Small Cruise ships can be introduced  to places like Kakinada Hope Island, Kalingapatnam beach, tourists can leave in the morning and return by evening spending time on the high seas. This will give tourists the experience of going on a cruise. These cruise ship operators provide restaurant, casino, music, games etc in the cruise for entertainment of the tourists.

Cruise liners will be operated between Vizag to Andaman & Vizag to Singapore.

Sky Choppers Logistics Private Limited has entered into an MOU with Govt. of Andhra Pradesh for providing Heli-Tourism services in Vizag Smart City. First phase, they operate from Vuda Park to Kailasagiri and to Araku Valley, it will take 5 minutes from VUDA park to Kailasagiri and 20 minutes from VUDA Park to Araku valley, maximum seating capacity is 5 passengers.

According to Mr. Chandrasekhar, Business Development Director, Sky Choppers, Heli-Tourism in the city will be inaugurated during the 1st week of July, 2016.

Vizag Smart City’s Tourism get boost with Rs. 2,000 cr investment. Heli-tourism, would be grounded immediately as it required little infrastructure. Helicopters either based at VUDA Park would carry the tourists to Kailasagiri and Araku Valley and give them an aerial view of some of the important tourist spots in the district.

Vizag Smart City’s Tourism get boost with Rs. 2,000 cr investment. Sea Plane Tourism project is seaplanes which would also carry tourists into the skies and land them on water bodies. The project is expected to generate lot of enthusiasm among tourists. The developer assured Chief Minister at the Summit that he would complete construction of jetties at Bhimili and Kakinada within three months.

To complete the constuction of City Central Park near RTC complex, old central jail area.

23.05.2016 : VUDA has taken up the development of City Central Park at a cost of Rs. 35 crore is expected to be ready in 6 months from now.

VUDA has invited Request For Proposal towards providing, fixing, installation, commissioning and operation of unique model modern Musical Fountain of auto sensing frequency and Technical bids for the Iconic fountain, Water amusement, Ice island, Yoga hall have been called.

Bonsai garden, Landscaping, Cycling track, Over bridge, Children play area, Bamboo garden, Floral garden and Event lawns are ready. External jogging track and parking completed.

To complete the renovation of VUDA Children’s Arena at Siripuram Junction.

The Children’s Arena will have two floors — ground floor exclusively for children’s programmes and the first to house the theatre and other functions.

To complete the renovation of Gurajada Kalakshetram Open Air Auditorium at Siripuram Junction.

28.03.2016 : Renovation of Gurajada Kalakshetram Open Air Auditorium. The project being taken up by Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority with an outlay of Rs. 5.7 crore would help make it the choice of venue for cultural programmes.

05.06.2016 : HRD Minister, Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao said Four consultants had submitted designs. The Chief Minister had been apprised of it. The built-up area ranged from 11 lakh sft to 25 lakh sft (with hotel and other amenities). The estimated cost ranged from Rs.210 crore to Rs.483 crore.

21.04.2016 : Multi Sports Complex at Gandigundam in Vizag Smart City. A meeting with architects on the design of the Multi Sports Complex proposed at Gandigundam was held on The stadium coming up over 79 acres will have facilities for 32 Sports. Chief Minister, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu proposed the stadium with the object of hosting the 2018 National Games. VUDA, Vice Chairman, Mr. Baburao Naidu asked the architects to submit the designs by May 14. The designs should include facilities for coaching, ample green cover and multi-level and underground parking.

Construction of Integrated Sports Complex at Gandigundam in an area of 79 acres.

23.02.2016 : The Department of Tourism has begun the ground work to bring INS Viraat, the aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy, to Visakhapatnam as a tourist attraction. It is learnt that CRISIL, the AP Government, and the Navy are working on a feasibility report on the tourism project. The 24,000-tonne worlds oldest aircraft carrier is all set to be decommissioned in June this year, and it is likely to be handed to the Andhra Pradesh Government at a price of Re. 1 for converting it into a 500-room luxury hotel.

Proposal is being made to convert INS VIRAAT War Ship, which will be decommissioned very soon, into a Hotel, Museum on Vizag Smart City Sea Coast near Tenneti park beach / Jodugullapalem beach / Lawsons bay beach.

Modern Hotel with 500 rooms and also conference rooms. Also Govt of AP proposes Helicopter riding, Para sailing on INS Viraat onboard. To bring this Warship from the sea to the Coast is very difficult and expensive, therefore, Govt has appointed Crisil to estimate the total expenditure to be incurred for this activity. If everything is going well, this will be materialised within a period of 6 months.

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