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Air Craft TU-142 Museum




18.10.2017 : CM, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for TU-142M Aircraft Museum opp: Kursura Submarine museum, Beach road on 17.10.2017 and the Museum will be inaugurated by the President during the first week of December,2017.

31.08.2017 : HRD Minister, Mr. Ganta Srinivasa said that the TU-142M Aircraft Museum on the Beach Road will be ready for inauguration by November end.

16.05.2017 : District collector Pravin Kumar has urged the tourism, GVMC, Vuda and naval authorities to expedite the aircraft museum project and ensure that it is completed before inauguration on August 15. The recently decommissioned aircraft TU-142 M is being transformed into a museum on the Beach Road.

> Speaking at a review meeting here on Monday, the collector urged the concerned officials to design the museum in such a manner that it is at par with international aircraft museums. However, he was informed that the Andhra University authorities are yet to hand over the proposed site on AU Grounds for the project following which he spoke to the university registrar and told him to hand over the land immediately. The project is being taken up at a cost of Rs 10 crore and will be a part of the tourism mega complex that includes the Victory at Sea Memorial, Kursura Submarine Museum, Convention Hall and Visakha Museum.

09.04.2017 : Navy's flagship anti-submarine Aircraft Tu-142M will be turned into a museum at beach road opposite Submarine Museum in Vizag Smart City. At a special ceremony on 08.04.2017 at INS Dega, the aircraft that served the Indian Navy for over 29 years and has flown over 30,000 hours, was given a ceremonial salute by two water cannons and was received on the tarmac by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu, Commander-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command Vice-Admiral H.C.S. Bisht and Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju among other dignitaries.

27.03.2017 : Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority - Addendum and Revised Request For Proposal - "Conversion of Decommissioned Aircraft TU -142 into a Museum and Refurbishment at Visakhapatnam" Last of date of submission of Bids: 4-04-2017 up to 17:00 Hrs - Opening of technical qualification proposals 6-04-2017 at 11:00 Hrs along with presentation and mode of operation by the Bidders - Opening of Financial Bids: 6-04-2017 at 17:00 Hrs. For more details visit www.vuda.gov.in (Source: VUDA website)

14.03.2017 : VUDA has inviting Request For Proposals (RFP) for Conversion of Decommissioned Aircraft TU -142 into a Museum and Refurbishment at Visakhapatnam. Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority intends to invite bidders for Dismantling, transporation and reassembling of the Aircraft unit TU-142. The place of Dismantling at INS Dega, Visakhapatnam. The place of assembling is at selected location at,Visakhapatnam Urban Area. Refurbishing and convert into a museum. RFP should be delivered by 28.03.2017. For more details visit www.vuda.gov.in (Source: VUDA website)


Multi Storied Parking Complex with Top Floors for Office Space/Commercial purpose

15.07.2017 : Notification : VUDA Invites Expression of Interest (EoI) proposal from reputed consultants towards Development of Modern Multi Storied Parking Complex with Top Floors for Office Space/Commercial purpose, in the land admeasuring 6540 sq yds belong to VUDA situated in S.No.85/A of waltair ward, Siripuram Junction, Visakhapatnam. Last date for submission of proposals is extended from 13-07-2017 upto 20-07-2017. (source - VUDA website vuda.gov.in - notice dt: 13.07.2017).


International Convention Center at APIIC ground, Harbour Park opp: RK Beach.

24.10.2017 : Lulu group to invest Dh1.7b to construct a shopping mall, a convention center and a five-star hotel in Vizag. Lulu group announced that they would be investing Dh1.7 billion in the construction of a shopping mall, a five-star hotel and a convention centre in Andhra Pradesh at Visakhapatnam, it was announced on Monday. "Andhra Pradesh being the newest state in India has a tremendous potential for investments in various sectors especially in hospitality and retail. We've had many rounds of fruitful discussions with the government of Andhra Pradesh and the speed with which they approved our project is commendable. We are looking forward to the start of construction in February 2018," said chairman of Lulu group MA Yousuf Ali. (Source: Gulf News epaper article published on 23.10.2017)

26.07.2017 : Govt.of Andhra Pradesh has issued a G.O. Rt No. 116 dt: 25.07.2017 for the development of International Convention Centre at Visakhapatnam City with exhibition halls, meeting halls, parking places, star hotel, retail mall etc., is on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in a site of around Ac.9.12 cents on Harbour Park Road / R.K. Beach Road in Visakhapatnam City. The LoI shall be issued by the A.P. Infrastructure Industrial Corporation to the Selected sole Bidder M/s. Lulu International Shopping Mall Private Ltd.,and subsequent timelines shall be met as per the bid documents. (Source: Govt.of AP website - ap.gov.in - GOs)

02.05.2017 : Notice No. INCAP/AP/Convention Centre/VSPM/04/2017 dated: 02.05.2017 (Second Call) - The last date for submission of the proposals is on or before 15:00 hrs of 11th May, 2017. (Source: incap website).

27.03.2017 : Corrigendum No. INCAP/AP/Convention Centre/VSPM/04/2017/01, dated: 24.03.2017 - Extension of Bid Due Date - Bid Due Date: 1500 hrs on 01/05/2017 (Monday) For more details and RFP Volumes visit www.incap.co.in/tenders

27.02.2017 : International Convention Center @ APIIC Ground, Harbour Park, Opp: RK Beach in Vizag Smart City. Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (INCAP) invited Request for Proposals (RFP) from reputed firms for Selection of the Developer for Development of International Convention Center under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Bid Due Date is 31.03.2017. For more details and RFP Volumes visit www.incap.co.in/tenders

28.01.2017 : Chief Minister, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu announced during the CII Partnership Summit 2017 that Govt is going to build a Mega Convention center, Hotel, Multiplexes, Shopping Complex at APIIC Ground, Harbour Park, where the CII summit is being held within 12 months and hopefully the next CII Partnership Summit or Sunrise AP Investment Meet 2018 will be held in that Convention Center.

As per the latest development, Govt handed over the responsibility to APIIC, GVMC and VUDA officials to assess the estimated cost and the officers estimated that Rs. 500 crores required for construction of International Convention Center with 3,000 seating capacity, 5 star hotel, Exhibition halls, Commercial complex. The distance from Airport to the proposed Convention center is 12 Kms and from the Railway station is 3 kms only and it is also nearer to the sea coast.

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.


Comprehensive Integrated World Class Tourism Museum Space at Beach Road

01.06.2017: Last date for submission of proposals is extented upto 08-06-2017, technical Bid meeting shall be informed at later date. (Source: VUDA website - vuda.gov.in)

17.05.2017: EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EoI)(Recall) - Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA invites EoI proposal from reputed Consultancy Agencies, towards "SELECTION OF ARCHITECTURAL AND LANDSCAPE CONSULTANT FOR PREPARATION OF MASTER PLAN FOR COMPREHENSIVE INTEGRATED WORLD CLASS TOURSIM MUSEUM SPACE AT BEACH ROAD, VISAKHAPATNAM, ANDHRA PRADESH". Reputed Consultancy Agencies interested in the above work and meeting the eligibility criteria may submit the application before due date 30-05-2017 by 3.00 PM. (Source: VUDA website - vuda.gov.in)

Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA invites EoI proposal from reputed Consultancy Agencies, towards "SELECTION OF ARCHITECTURAL AND LANDSCAPE CONSULTANT FOR PREPARATION OF MASTER PLAN FOR COMPREHENSIVE INTEGRATED WORLD CLASS TOURSIM MUSEUM SPACE AT BEACH ROAD, VISAKHAPATNAM, ANDHRA PRADESH". Reputed Consultancy Agencies interested in the above work and meeting the eligibility criteria may submit the application before due date 28-4-2017 by 3.00 PM. (Source: VUDA website - vuda.gov.in)

The Application form and RFP / Bid Document may be downloaded from VUDA official website vuda.gov.in - For details contact mail:vcvuda@yahoo.com.

Broad scope of work: 1. Preparation of Master Plan, detailed designs, infrastructure plans and GFCs for an comprehensive area of beach front site opposite INS Kursura Museum Visakhapatnam. 2. Components of Master Plan a) Kursura Submarine Museum b) Obstruction free TU 142 Aircraft Museum with great views for photographing. c) War memorial d) AU Convention center e) Rajiv Smrithi Bhavan f) Visitors center (under single roof) consisting of Ticket counter with waiting place, Souvenir shops, Cafeteria, Toilets, Interpretive center with interactive visualization shows (ticketed). g) Round the year flowering plants / beautiful landscaping keeping in mind the sea front. h) 3D projection mapping (with Light & sound)- ticketed shows. i) Multi level parking (for 300 cars and 200 bikes) - consultant to correctly assess the numbers and propose. j) AC Plant and power house. k) CCTV coverage 3. Center has to be built as world class tourist attraction center


Sky Tower atop Kailasagiri Hill

14.03.2017: VUDA invites Expression of Interest (EOI) proposals from reputed Developers / Agencies "Towards Development of Sky Tower in an area of 5 acres on the top of Kailasagiri with creations of components like amusement and recreation attractions, food court, party areas etc. The last date for submission of EOI is 28.03.2017. For more details visit VUDA website www.vuda.gov.in. (Source: VUDA website)

08.02.2017: India's tallest Iconic Sky Tower 400 feet high will be coming up atop Kailasagiri Hill in Vizag Smart City, with an estimated project cost of ₹ 85 crore. VUDA will soon enter into an agreement with the German company, HUSS Park Attractions for building the sky tower.

CEO of Huss Park Attractions, German Company, Mirko J Schulze along with his Vice President, India operations, Vibhisha Jain arrived Vizag on monday to inspect the site atop kailasagir hill and interact with the local officials for building the 400 feet high iconic sky tower. The team visited the proposed project sige at Kailasagiri and collected soil samples and suggested that a typhoon grade tower has to be constructed to withstand a wind speed of 300 kmph. The German company needed 12 months to commission the project. The promoters signed an MOU with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh during the recent CII Partnership Summit and probably this will be the first tourism project to be put on fast track for execution.


Development of Mudasarlova Park

22.03.2017 - REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) for Landscape Consultant - The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) invites RFP proposal from reputed Consultancy Agencies, towards "SELECTION OF ARCHITECTURAL AND LANDSCAPE CONSULTANT FOR PREPARATION OF MASTER PLAN & UPGRADATION FOR MUDASARLOVA PARK AS INTERNATIONAL TOURIST DESTINATION IN VISAKHAPATNAM, ANDHRA PRADESH"

Reputed Consultancy Agencies interested in the above work and meeting the eligibility criteria may submit the application before due date 10-4-2017 by 3.00 PM. The Application form and RFP / Bid Document may be downloaded from VUDA official website vuda.gov.in

GVMC proposed to develop Mudasarlova Park in an area of 150 acres with an estimated cost of ₹ 30 cr. Beautiful landscapping, childrens park, gymnasium, yoga zone, golf court, jungle book tree house, musical fountain, walking, cycling tracks, water sports, conference rooms, auditorium for cultural programmers, sitout lawns are to be provided in the park.


Development of Kambalakonda Nature Park

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.

Vanamahotsavam festival at Kambalakonda! In the reserve forest of Kambalakonda wildlife sanctuary around 2000 saplings planted. This reserve forest spread over 7,146 hectares no other city in India has that much of forest.

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.


Development of Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (ZOO), Safari Park, Sea Water Aquarium

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.

Safari Park in an area of 30 hectares of land opposite the Zoo and serves as an Animal Rescue Center and Sea water aquarium near Zoo park.

World Bank granted Rs. 35 cr 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.


Development of Beaches


Development of Beaches from Bheemili to Revupolvaram in Vizag Smart City. AP Tourism should develop beaches at Bheemili, Mangamaripeta, Thotlakonda, Rushikonda, Saagar Nagar, RK Beach, Yarada, Gangavaram, Muthyalammapalem, Appikonda, Tantadi, Pudimadaka and Revupolavaram.

They should provide facilities like Water Sports, Beach volley ball, Beach Kabaddi, Para Sailing, Amusement Parks, Beach Shacks, Beach side Chairs, Cottages, Restaurants, Toilets etc. Casinos and Beer Parlours in some of these beaches to attract more tourists to the Vizag Smart City.

Casinos and Beach Beer Parlours in some of the above beaches to attract more tourists to the Vizag Smart City.

Also small luxury ship tourism should be introduced from Bheemili to RK Beach, RK Beach to Pudimadaka / Revupolavaram. The operators of these small luxury ships should provide restaurant, drinks, music, games etc in the Ship.


Sea / Cruise Tourism


For Sea Tourism, Passenger Jetties to be constructed at Fishing Harbour/Coastal Battery, Bheemili, Yarada, Revupolavaram 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, drinks, 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.

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

11.02.2017: Cruise Tourism in Vizag Smart City, the Tourism Hub of Sunrise State of Andhra Pradesh. AP Tourism should introduce small luxury ships to attract more tourists to the Vizag.

Vizag Port Trust should construct a passenger jetty at Fishing Harbour / Coastal Battery to facilitate the operation of small luxury ships. AP Tourism should introduce Small luxury Ships and these luxury ships to be operated from Fishing Harbour/Coastal Battery and Bheemili Jetty, which will run between Bheemili to Yarada. The operators of these small luxury ships should provide restaurant, drinks, music, games etc in the Ship. This will give tourists the experience of going on a cruise.

For Sea Tourism, Passenger Jetties to be constructed at Fishing Harbour/Coastal Battery, Bheemili, Yarada, Revupolavaram 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.


INS VIRAAT - Luxury Hotel & Museum

18.04.2017 : State tourism officials have officially zeroed in on Bheemili beach for setting up the INS Viraat museum. The request for proposal (RfP) for preparation of the detailed project report (DPR) was floated on Monday revealed the detailed cost estimates for refurbishment and conversion of INS Viraat into a major tourist destination at the proposed berthing site near Bheemili beach. AP tourism executive director R Sreeramulu Naidu told TOI that they preliminary identified three sites including Bheemili, Rushikonda and the beach front opposite Indira Gandhi Zoological Park in the city. However, after studying the three areas, they finalised Bheemili. Vast government land meant for tourism projects is available at Bheemili. Besides a jetty is also coming up under the Union shipping ministry's Sagaramala project. The jetty will be an added advantage for tourism. "We will finalise suitable agency for preparing the DPR in the next one week. We hope the DPR will be prepared in the next one or two months. The pre-bidding meeting will be held in the city on April 22. Once the DPR is prepared, we will approach the Union ministries for sending INS Viraat to the state," Sriramulu Naidu said.

12.04.2017 : INS Viraat: AP govt still eyeing tourism project - With the defence ministry and tourism ministry planning to convert the decommissioned INS Viraat into a tourism project anywhere in the country, the AP government is leaving no stone unturned to acquire the project. The tourism ministry is to convene a secretary-level meeting in New Delhi on April 13 with representatives of the states willing to take up the project. The state government has decided to send its tourism secretary to the meeting and explain the state's plans if it gets the decommissioned vessel. Speaking to TOI, AP tourism principal secretary N Srikanth said, "We are going to attend the meeting at New Delhi and explain our views and plans to convert INS Viraat into a tourism attraction through a power point presentation." Sources said representatives of other states like Goa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Gujarat will also participate in the secretary-level meeting.

01.12.2016 : IIT team to conduct EIA studies. It will suggest location of the ship on the coast in the city. A decision has been taken to rope in the services of a team of experts from IIT Madras to get an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) done for stationing of the INS Viraat on the Visakhapatnam coast, according to District Collector Pravin Kumar. The Collector held a review meeting with the stakeholders on the stationing of INS Viraat here on Wednesday. VUDA Vice Chairman T. Baburao Naidu, GVMC Commissioner N. Harinarayanan, representatives of the Indian Navy, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Visakhapatnam Port, Department of Meteorology and Oceanography of Andhra University and KPMG consultants participated in the meeting. Mr. Pravin Kumar said that once the location was finalised, further measures could be taken for the early completion of the project.

18.09.2016 : INS Viraat likely to be in Vizag by early or middle 2017 - The aircraft carrier is to be decommissioned by this year-end.The iconic aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, is likely to be brought to the city by early or middle of the next year, Vice-Admiral H.C.S. Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command, said.

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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Construction of Passenger Jetty for Sea Tourism near Coastal Battery beach

Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) may explore the possibility of construction of a jetty near coastal battery exclusively for Sea Tourism. For development of sea tourism, to start with two Small Luxury Boats to be introduced, one will run from Coastal Battery to Bheemili and another one from Coastal Battery to Yarada/Revupolavaram.


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