|Population||Approximately 22 lakhs|
|State Government||Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ruling in the State of Andhra Pradesh.|
|Central Government||Bharateeya Janata Party (BJP) is ruling at the Center.|
|Civic Body||Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) consisting of 72 municipal wards.|
|Electricity||Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Co.Ltd. (APEPDCL)|
|Time Zone||Indian Standard Time (UTC + 5:30)|
|STD Code / ISD Code||0891 / 0091 or +91|
|Religion||90% of the population are Hindus, remaining Muslims, Christians, Jains, Sikhs.|
|Language||Telugu is the official language. Hindi is also popular language, English is also spoken widely among the people.|
|Climate||Summer – temperature vary from 30 to 40 degress C – Winter 18 to 28 degress C|
Smart City Projects
Smart City projects launched on June 25, 2016. Marking one year of announcement of Smart Cities Mission by Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, GVMC launched a few projects on June 25.
Command and Control Centre
Command and Control Centre, a major, pan city, project costing Rs.141 crore, would be one of the projects. It would bring all departments of GVMC together and later other government departments like Revenue and Pollution Control Board and disaster management sending alerts in times of cyclones. It would monitor pollution levels and analyse them. The traffic monitoring system launched by the Police Department and GVMC would be brought under it. All e-governance systems would be integrated. The Centre would come up on GVMC premises.
Housing for all, ICT-based solid waste management, smart metering, solar roof-top power on government buildings and solar panels for street-lighting, 100 per cent house service connections for water supply under AMRUT would be among the eight to nine projects to be launched on the day.
Smart City had now 100 per cent LED street-lighting replacing 94,000 conventional lights and switching on and off and repairs could be monitored through the monitoring system.
Smart City News
02.09.2016 : USTDA supports 2nd phase of Vizag smart city project – The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) said it has launched the second phase of its support to Visakhapatnam’s efforts to build safe, efficient and integrated urban infrastructure. The next phase of the project will deliver an integrated smart city master plan that will not only recommend planning frameworks for the entire city, but also develop specific recommendations to grow four key urban centres, USTDA said in a statement. It will include integrated analyses and recommendations across eight priority smart city components, it said. “This includes critical infrastructure such as transportation, water supply, sanitation and energy, as well as citizen-focused areas like social infrastructure and resilience planning,” it added. Since the project launched, a team of US companies – led by AECOM, including KPMG and IBM – have been working closely with leaders from Andhra Pradesh and Vizag. Together, they have begun to identify the planning and investments required to sustainably grow and modernize the city, working toward the goal of making Vizag a clean commerce capital.
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.
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).
First Phase – Coastal Battery to Kurupam Circle and from Kurupam Circle to Jagadamba Jn ( Waltair Main Road) and from Jagadamba Jn ( KGH Road) to Coastal Battery.
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).
12.03.2016 : After getting the Smart City tag, the works for the Smart City master plan for Visakhapatnam are all set to begin. ,Authorities from district administration, GVMC, VUDA and city police had a meeting with AECOM, IBM and KPMG, the consultants, on Friday, the 11th March,2016. The first phase of the master plan preparation would take almost five months.
The master plan will be prepared in three phases in 15 months. GVMC commissioner Pravin Kumar explained the Smart City goals to the consultants. He said that water supply, drainage system, transportation, energy and a few other sectors will be considered in the first phase of the master plan and the other sectors will be covered in the subsequent phases. Pravin also asked the officials to elicit public opinion at every stage of the master plan.
12.03.2016 : US wants to develop Vizag into another San Francisco. If everything goes according to the plans of the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the AP government, Visakhapatnam will emerge as another San Francisco on the globe. A team from Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) led by commissioner Pravin Kumar visited the US as part of the smart city project and observed that San Francisco has several geographical similarities with Vizag.
The state government has invited the representatives from AECOM, KPMG and IBM to kick off the planning for the smart city with a workshop at Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) office on March 11. USTDA India manager Heather K Lanigan is likely to supervise the workshop. The GVMC is inviting other stakeholders including Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda), Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT), city police commissionerate and Road Transport Authority to participate in the workshop and provide feedback for a detailed project report (DPR).
22.02.2016 : PAN-CITY Initiatives – Estimated Cost: Rs. 150 Cr. Area-Based Development – Estimated cost: Rs. 1,650 cr – Around 790 acres, including areas around RK Beach up to Waltair Main Road, have been identified for beautification for the benefit of residents and tourists alike. Other area-based smart solutions build upon the ongoing initiatives within the city such as speed limit cap, vehicle-free zones, introduction of a bicycle highway along the beach road, Speed limit cap, vehicle-free zones, introduction of a bicycle highway along the beach road, 24×7 pollution monitoring for corrective action, transitioning from diesel autos to E-rickshaws over time, public bike sharing, smart signalling and traffic surveillance; solar-powered public toilets, and affordable housing units.
18.02.2016 : Smart City Work Take Off in Vizag Smart City. The State Govt.of Andhra Pradesh on wednesday constituted the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). The Vizag Smart City SPV will be known as Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation Limited. The SPV will plan, appraise, approve, release funds and evaluate the Smart City Development Projects. The SPV will be headed by principal secretary of Municipal Administration and Urban Development department. The SPV will be a limited company incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013 at the city level, in which the state and the Urban Local Body will be the promoters having 50:50 equity share holding.
12.02.2016 : The USTDA signed a MoU with the Department of Municipal Administration on funding for drawing up master plan for Visakhapatnam Smart City, and a consortium of three U.S. companies, comprising AECOM, KPMG, and IBM, was given the task by the government.
29.01.2016 : It is a proud moment for the Vizag Smart City having emerged in the top 10 cities from among the 98 in the country in the very first round of Smart City Challenge. It paves the way for development of area of 1,700 acres along the Beach Road from Kurupam Junction to the Coastal Battery and up to Jagadamba Junction and includes Waltair main road. Vizag Smart City ranked 8th Place, out of 20 smart cities announced today. The first 20 smart cities will get funds from the Central Govt and the respective State Governments of Rs. 100 crores each per year starting from this financial year 2015-16 for a period of 5 years.
Visakhapatnam – a City of Destiny
Visakhapatnam is a very peaceful & cosmopolitan city. People from different parts of India and various religions of Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, are living together happily. It is a symbol of communal harmony. An ancient Temple, Church and a Masjid built on the same hill in the port area.
Visakhapatnam is located on the eastern shore of India, nestled amongst the hills of Eastern Ghats and facing the Bay of Bengal to the East.
It is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam District.
Visakhapatnam is the largest city, commercial hub and a financial capital of Andhra Pradesh.
The prominence of the city got highlighted once again when it figured during Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s US tour to develop it as a Smart City.
The city is known for Heavy Industries, Steel Plant, Seaports, Natural Harbour and Shipyard.
Visakhapatnam Sea Port is one of the largest seaports in India.
The city is the headquarters to Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.
Inhabited mostly by fishermen’s communities in earlier times, Visakhapatnam today is the largest city in the present Andhra Pradesh. With industrial and port-based trade and economic activities, the city is a driver of growth for the state. It used to be known by the name of Vizagapatam until the 1930s and 1940s. According to archaeological records, Visakhapatnam was built around the 11th century CE, and the control over the city changed hands between the Chola Dynasty and Gajapati kingdom until it was conquered by the Vijayanagara Empire in the 15th century. Later, it went into the hands of Mughals in the 16th century. By the end of the 18th century, it had come under the French rule, the control was passed on to the British in 1804, and it remained under the British rule until independence got in the year 1947.
After independence, the city developed into one of the country’s chief ports and became the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command. Also, Visakhapatnam is a popular tourist destination in South India.
Apart from port-based trade and economic activity, the presence of a number of large public-sector enterprises like Vizag Steel (RINL), BHPV, Vizag Shipyard and HPCL make the city a predominantly industrial one. Formed in the year 1931, Vizagapatam Chamber of Commerce and Industry is one of the oldest chambers of commerce in India.
Araku valley, Borra caves, Ananthagiri Hills, Tyda jungle bells, Butterfly park at Dalpally, Chaparai waterfalls, Kothapally waterfalls, Lambasinghi, Yarada beach, Gangavaram beach, Light house and Kanaka durga temple at Dolphins nose Hill, City Central Park, RK beach, Submarine Museum, VUDA children arena, Visakha Museum, Vuda Park, Lawsons bay beach, Lumbini park, Tenneti park, Kailasagiri, Health arena foot hills of kailasagiri, Telugu museum atop Kailasagiri, Mudarsarlova Park, Simhachalam Temple, Sagarnagar beach, Bavikonda buddhist heritage site, Thotla konda buddhist complex, Bojjanna Konda, Pavurala Konda, Rushikonda Beach, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Kambalakonda wildlife sanctuary, Red sand Hills, Bheemili beach and light house.
Visakhapatnam Port & Gangavaram Port
VSEZ, APSEZ, Aganampudi Industrial Park, Brandix Apparel city, Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City.
Hindustan Shipyard, Vizag Steel Plant, HPCL Refinery, GAIL, BHEL, NTPC Simhadri Super Thermal Power Plant, Dredging Corporation of India.
Bhabha Atomic Research Center – research facility, National Institute of Oceanography.
Major Educational Institutes
Andhra University, Andhra Medical College, GITAM University, Damodaram Sanjeevaiah National Law Univeristy (DSNLU), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE).
Visakhapatnam International Air Port.
Visakhapatnam City railway station & Duvvada Railway station.
APSRTC Complex, Dwarakanagar main bus stand, Maddilapalem Bus Depot, Madhurawada Bus Depost and Steel Plant Bus Depot.
Apparel, Pharma, Fertilisers, Chemicals, Petrochemicals, Polymers, Ferro Alloys, Steel, Cement, Thermal Power Plant, Sea Food.
Visakhapatnam is also experiencing growth in the information technology sector, contributing to the local economy. Some 21.16 acres in Rushikonda has also been identified and allocated for construction of a ‘Signature Tower’ to house IT companies. Madhurawada IT Special Economic Zone. Government has started IT incubation center there.
There are many prestigious/reputed Universities, Colleges and other Educational institutions.
There are many prestigious/reputed Super speciality Hospitals.
Mr. Pranab Kumar Mukherjee – President of India.
Mr. Narendra Modi – Prime Minister of India.
Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu – Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu – Minister for Urban development, Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.
Mr. P. Narayana – Minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh.
Visakhapatnam Urban consists 7 MLA constituencies and 1 MP constituency
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
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
Key Visakhapatnam District Officials
Mr. Pravin Kumar, IAS – District Collector
Mrs. P.V. Jyothirmai – Principal District and Sessions Judge
Mr. M. Hari Narayanan, IAS – Commissioner, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC)
Dr. T. Babu Rao Naidu, IAS – Vice Chairman, Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA)
Mr. M.M. Nayak, IAS – Chairman & Managing Director – Eastern Power Distribution Company of A.P. Ltd (APEPDCL)
Mr. T. Yoganand, IPS – Commissioner of Police, Visakhapatnam City Police
Mr. Rahuldev Sharma, IPS – Superintendent of Police – Visakhapatnam Rural
Mr. Mr. Ch. Srikanth, IPS – Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police – Visakhapatnam Range
Mr. K. Mahendra Patrudu – Addl. DCP – City Traffic Wing
Key Central Government / Public Sector Undertaking Officials
Mr. M.T. Krishna Babu, IAS – Chairman, Visakhapatnam Port Trust
Ms. Chandralekha Mukherjee – Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Waltair Division, East Coast Railway
Mr. Vinod Kumar Sharma – Director – Visakhapatnam International Airport
Mr. L.V. Sarat Babu – Rear-Admiral – Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Shipyard Limited
Mr. H.C.S. Bisht – Vice Admiral – Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Naval Command
Mr. P. Madhusudan – Chairman cum Managing Director, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant
Mr. Praveen Kumar Bondriya – Group General Manager – NTPC, Simhadri Super Thermal Power Plant
Mr. J. Govinda Swamy – Executive Director – Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, HPVP Unit, Vizag
Mr. G.S.V.S.S.S. Prasad Sharma – General Manager (in charge) – Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), Visakh Refinery
Mr. Rajesh Tripathi – Chairman and Managing Director – Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCI)