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.