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.

10.10.2018 : Beach Road project proposals draw flak. Stakeholders fear the tourist haunt will lose its very character if they materialise The integrated museum complex and underground parking projects proposed on Beach Road have drawn flak from various quarters that include senior architects, environmental activists and residents' associations. At a meeting organised to elicit public views on the projects, here on Tuesday, objections poured in as the stakeholders picked holes in the project planning on several counts, alleging that setting up an integrated naval museum, including Kursura submarine museum, and underground parking was against the policy of decentralised development. If materialised, the projects would make Beach Road more congested, depriving the citizens of the much-needed lung space. The stakeholders took strong exception to the repeated attempts to beautify the Beach Road. They wanted the projects to be shifted to the other parts of the city, excluding the RK Beach-Park Hotel stretch. (Source: The Hindu e-paper visakhapatnam city edition dt: 10.10.2018)

18.09.2018 : Redevelopment works of Kambalakonda Eco Tourism Park have started and it would take atleast one and a half year to give the park a complete makeover. World Bank has sanctioned Rs. 10 crore under AP Disaster Recovery Project for the park. Night camping and Water sports will be the new attractions in the park. The forest officials have also planned to include an Animal Rescue Center (ARC) for setting up a deer safari after two years.

08.09.2018 : Visakhapatnam has got its first cyber crime police station and analysis lab after years of wait. DGP RP Thakur, along with City Police Commissioner Mahesh Chandra Laddha, inaugurated the facility at VUDA Complex,Siripuram here on Friday (07.09.2018). According to the DGP, the lab will have advanced mobile forensic tools, including social media analysis tools, video analysis tools, forensic tools, password detection tools and a few other sophisticated equipment, which are required to track cyber crooks. The facility will have a circle inspector, three sub-inspectors, 12 constables, a few home guards and a technical team.

07.09.2018 : Rs. 445 crore approved by the Central Government for IIM-Visakhapatnam during the cabinet meeting held on 05.09.2018 for the construction of permanent campus.

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 (Source: Govt.of Andhra Pradesh G.O. Ms.Nos. 301, 302 & 303 Dt: 05.09.2018)

28.08.2018: Visakhapatnam Metro Rail project cost reduced to Rs. 8,300 crore from Rs. 8,790 crore, because of model changed from Metro to Light Metro, the project will be executed under PPP model, Govt has to provide 52% of the project cost - Rs. 4,200 crore and the balance 48% - Rs. 4,100 crore by the Private firm. Exim bank of Korea has come forward to give a loan of Rs. 4,200 towards the share of Andhra Pradesh Govt. Five infrastructure companies - Adani Enterprises, Tata's TRIL Urban Transport, Shapoorji Pallonji and Company, Essel Infraprojects and IL&FS Rail have been short-listed. The Andhra Pradesh State Cabinet has to approve the above project. As per Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director, Mr. Ramakrishna Reddy, there will be some progress in the Metro Rail Project at the earliest. Metro Rail Project will be executed by VUDA under the supervision of AMRC. Govt of Andhra Pradesh has already allotted 250 acres of land for Commercial lines, etc. (Source: Sakshi telugu daily Vizag city edition dt: 28.08.2018)

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.

21.08.2018: French cement major Vicat acquired land for setting up a grinding unit of 1.70 mtpa in Vizag to tap the eastern markets. The grinding unit in Visakhapatnam will be ready by 2021 said Vicat India CEO, Anoop Kumar Saxena.

19.08.2018: The city is hositng a five-day European Film Festival from August 24 to 28 at VUDA Childrens Arena, Siripuram.

IT: 11.08.2018 - IT Minister, Mr. Nara Lokesh inaugurated 17 IT companies with dedicated offices in Vizag on 10.08.2018 and he said, today's event re-emphasizes GoAP's commitment to make Andhra Pradesh the best state in the country. This exceptional growth is being spearheaded by IT/ITES companies. Cerium Systems Pvt. Ltd., Conduent Business Services India Pvt. Ltd., CES Ltd., Inspire Edge IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Sahasramaaya Technologies Inc., Valenta KPO accounting Pvt. Ltd., Belfrics Cryptex Pvt. Ltd., Sweya Information Technologies LLP., Vivilex Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Inn Data Analytics Pvt. Ltd., Insoteam Consulting services Pvt. Ltd., Nueve Solutions LLC., HR Square Staffing Solutions, Envoy Mortgage, Hippocampus, and Patra India BPO Services Pvt. Ltd.

03.08.2018: : The Andhra Pradesh State Government approved the expansion of the purview of the "Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority" (VUDA) and renamed it as the "Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority" (VMRDA) during the cabinet meeting held on 02.08.2018 and to effect these changes Government would issue the G.O.s very soon.

Law & Order: Mr. Mahesh Chandra Laddha, IPS, takes charges as new Police Commissioner of the City.

Logistics: Union road transport and shipping minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari along with chief minister Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu on friday (13.07.2018) laid foundation stone for the 51-km Anandapuram-Pendurthi-Anakapalle 6 lane road section that will cost Rs. 2,561 crore, 13 km Sheelanagar to Sabbavaram 4 lane road section that will cost Rs. 620 crore and a grade separator flyover of 850 metres that will bypass the Convent Junction at an estimated cost of Rs. 60 crore.

Logistics: City's first Multi-Level Car Parking (MLCP) facility to come up near Jagadamba junction. The project, mooted under the Vizag Smart City initiative.

Education: Skill Development University will be set up by the consortium of Oil Companies, HPCL, BPCL, IOC, GAIL and ONGC at Sabbavaram Education Hub under Corporate Social Responsibility, with an estimated cost of Rs. 496 crores.

IT: Proposal for IT City - Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) is developing a state of the art IT City with plug & play IT Offices, Residential, Commercial, Recreational, Hospitality & Social Infrastructure in 22.19 acres land at Madhurawada IT Valley.

Smart City:

Visakhapatnam is India's 7th Cleanest City as per Swachh Survekshan Survey 2018.

16.08.2017 : Implementation of Smart City projects under way. Rs. 1602 crore will be spent in five years: Hari Narayanan. Smart City projects will be implemented over a period of five years with an outlay of Rs. 1602 crore and the government has so far released Rs. 394 crore, Municipal Commissioner M Hari Narayanan has said. In his address after unfurling the tricolour at GVMC, he said 24X7 water supply, sewage treatment, smart streets, greens space development, underground electric cabling, prevention of erosion, development of the Beach Road and housing for all were the components.

Smart City projects launched. Marking one year of announcement of Smart Cities Mission by Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, GVMC launched a few projects on June 25, 2016.

Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed for Vizag Smart City for implementing the Smart City Mission, in the name of GREATER VISAKHAPATNAM SMART CITY CORPORATION LIMITED (GVSCCL), a Limited Company incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013 - Date of Incorporation 11.03.2016.

First Phase - Development of an area of 1,700 acres along the Beach Road from Coastal Battery to Kurupam Jn and from Kurupam Jn to Jagadamba Jn (Pedawaltair Main Road, University Main Road, Waltair Main Road) and from Jagadamba Jn (KGH Road, Collector Office Jn) to Coastal Battery. Funding Options - For the first phase budget of around Rs. 2,000 crore, funds will come in from the Centre (Rs. 500 crore); the State government (Rs.500 crore); convergence of schemes (Rs. 800 crore); and from the private sector under PPP projects (Rs. 200 crore). Development of an area of 1700 acres in 5 years with a Budget of around ₹ 2000 crore. funds will come in from the Centre (Rs. 500 crore); the State government (Rs.500 crore); convergence of schemes (Rs. 800 crore); and from the private sector under PPP projects (Rs. 200 crore).

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Visakhapatnam, a City of Destiny, Port City, Steel City, Cosmopolitan City, is the largest city in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India and also the third largest city on the East Coast of India, popularly known as Vizag, often called as 'The Jewel of the East Coast', is being developed as a Smart City.


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