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13.03.2019 : South Coast Railway Zone - Visakhapatnam - Officer on Special Duty Assumed Charge - Mr. S.S. Srinivas, an Indian Railway Personnel Service Officer (1990 batch), has assumed charge as Officer on Special Duty (OSD), South Coast Railway Zone at Visakhapatnam on 11th March, 2019. (Source: East Coast Railway, Waltair Division, Press Release dt: 11.03.2019)


09.03.2019 : South Coast Railway Zone - Visakhapatnam - Ministry of Railways has appointed Mr. S.S. Srinivas as Officer on Special Duty (OSD), South Coast Railway to facilitate the process of formation of the new Zone. Officer on Special Duty / South Coast Railway will undertake planning and prepatory work for formation of the new zone at Visakhapatnam, such as survey of existing infrastructural facilities, requirement of land acquisition, preparation of DPR for additional requirements and the blue print for smooth transition of staff into the New Zone. (Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Ministry of Railways - Notification dt: 06.03.2019)


28.02.2019 : Railway Zone For Visakhapatnam - Railway Minister, Mr. Piyush Goyal announced the decision of creation of new Railway Zone, South Coast Railway, Headquartered at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on 27.02.2019. The new zone shall be named South Coast Railway, short form SCoR. It will comprise of of the existing Guntakal, Guntur, and Vijaywada Divisions. The present Walter Division will now be divided into two parts, one part will be incorporated in the new zone SCoR, and will be merged with the neighboring Vijayawada Division and the remaining portion of the present Walter division shall be converted into a New Division with headquarters at Rayagada under East Coast Railway in Odisha.



15.02.2019 : Millennium Towers - Chief Minister, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the Millennium Towers - Tower 'A' at Hill No.3, IT SEZ, Madhurawada in Visakhapatnam on 14th Feb,2019. Hope Tower 'B' also will be completed by October, 2019.


15.02.2019 : Adani Data Center & Technology Park - Chief Minister, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for Adani Data Centre Park, which is coming up in an area of 175 acres at Kapuluppada IT Park on 14.02.2019. The Rs.70,000 Cr project will position AP as a data center hub for the country and Southeast Asia. It will also be integrated with a cable landing station providing global connectivity.



18.01.2019 : Anandapuram-Pendurthy-Anakapally, 51 km, 6 lane NH-16 road construction works are going rapidly between Anandapuram and Pendurthy section, constructing by Dilip Buildcon Limited, project cost is Rs. 2,561 crore and will be completed by Dec 2020.



17.01.2019 : The second edition of the 'Araku Balloon Festival', in Andhra Pradesh organized by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism, will take place from 18th to 20th January 2019 in the picturesque Araku Valley. For more details visit : www.arakuballoonfestival.com


10.01.2019 : In a big move, Andhra Pradesh Government has entered into an MoU with Adani group today (09.01.2019) With an investment of Rs. 70,000 Cr, World's first 100% renewable energy powered Data Center parks will be built by Adani Group in Vizag in an area of 500 acres. The project will also create more than 1,00,000 jobs over 20 years.



07.01.2019 : Indoor Sports Arena construction work is going on at MVPcolony beside A.S.Raja college ground, a project by Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation Limited (GVSCCL) under Smart City Mission, project cost is Rs. 19.89 crore.


04.01.2019 : Visakhapatnam Smart City's first Multi Level Car Parking Facility work begins near Jagadamba Junction, a project by Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corportion Limited (GVSCCL) under Smart City Mission, project cost is Rs. 9.70 crore, 5 floors to accommodate parking of 100 cars.



14.12.2018 : Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu, along with Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey, inaugurated and dedicated the first phase of the Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone (AMTZ) to the nation, at Peda Gantyada on 13.12.2018, he said there is immense potential waiting to be tapped in the medical devices market across the globe, with the top five countries projected to have a market of US $ 409 billion by 2023 and US $ 800 billion by 2030.


24.11.2018 : Visakhapatnam Metro Rail (VMR) - Govt.of Andhra Pradesh has approved the proposal for Development of Visakhapatnam Metro Rail Project under unique PPP model vide G.O. MS No. 378 issued on 23.11.2018, with three corridors consisting of 42.55 KMs, project cost of Rs.8300.00 cr. To permit AMRC to borrow an amount of cost of Civil Infrastructure not exceeding Rs.4200.00 crores from the External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) or any other Foreign Funding Agencies/Financial Institutions with lower interest rates comparable to Indian Banks interest rates with one time Sovereign Guarantee by the State Government. To allot about 250 acres of Government land in parcels in Visakhapatnam within the vicinity of metro alignment at suitable locations on free of cost to AMRCL for property development to be taken up in a separate bidding process to capture maximum revenue to GoAP/AMRCL to be utilised for meeting the debt service/loan repayment obtained from the funding agencies.



05.11.2018 : Vizag to host 3 major tourism fests from Dec, 2018 to March, 2019. The annual Visakha Utsav would be organised from December 28 to 30 at RK Beach and a sum of Rs. 3.5 crore have been earmarked for it. A tourism calendar has also been prepared and the Araku Balloon Festival will be part of the calendar. Last year, the balloon festival was held for the first time and this year the festival will be held from January 18 to 20, and people from nine countries would be participating in it. The government has sanctioned a budget of Rs. 4 crore for the event. Continuing the Yacht Festival that began last year, it would be held from March 1 to 3 for which Rs. 4 crore has been earmarked.



13.10.2018 : Visakhapatnam Metro Rail (VMR) : Govt.of Andhra Pradesh has issued a G.O.Rt.No.957 Dated:10-10-2018 regarding Development of Visakhapatnam Metro Rail Project under unique PPP model - Release of RFP and Concession Agreement to the Shortlisted Bidders 1. Adani Enterprises Limited 2. Tata's TRIL Urban Transport. 3. Shapoorji Pallonji and Co Pvt Limited. 4. Essel Infra Projects. 5. IL&FS Rail Ltd. The Managing Director, AMRC has submitted the draft RFP and Concession agreement to be released to the shortlisted bidders for approval of the Government and requested to permit him to release the same at the earliest. Government after careful examination of the entire issue have decided to approve the RFP and Concession Agreement for Visakhapatnam Metro Rail Project and permit the Managing Director, Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation to release RFP and Concession Agreement to the short listed bidders.




06.09.2018: Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) is now Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) - Govt.of Andhra Pradesh issued G.O. Ms.Nos. 301,302&303 on 05.09.2018 to effect this change. Mr. P. Basanth Kumar, IAS appointed as Metropolitan Commissioner to Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA), Visakhapatnam. The Government of Andhra Pradesh declared the 'Development Area' for Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region with an extent of 6501.65 Sq. KMs with Head Quarters at Visakhapatnam, covering Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, Srikakulam Municipal Corporation, Vizianagaram, Amadalavalasa, Yelamanchili, Municipalities and Rajam, Nellimarla Nagara panchayaths and 1312 villages covering 46 Mandals in Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagarm Districts and with a population of 50.18 lakhs. For more details visit http://goir.ap.gov.in. (Source: Govt.of Andhra Pradesh G.O. Ms.Nos. 301, 302 & 303 Dt: 05.09.2018)



24.08.2018: AP Chief Minister, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday inaugurated 3 projects under Smart City Mission - 1. 2 MW floating solar power plant built on Mudasarlova reservoir in an area of 20 acres with a cost of Rs. 11.34 crore. 2. 'All-Abilities' park that has facilities for the differently abled, the park was constructed at the cost of Rs. 3.5 crore. 3. Solar energy street lighting from Coastal Battery to Park Hotel on the Beach Road installed at a cost of Rs. 8.72 crore.



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