Property Prices shooting up in Vishakhapatnam

After City of Nawabs, Hyderabad, the real estate boom is now to visit the port city of Visakhapatnam. Needless to say, the real estate is really zooming here in the wake of new developments. Skyrocketing land prices in Visakhapatnam go through the rooftops, surprisingly beyond the reach of the lay man.

There is a sudden fall in the demand for land pieces in Visakhapatnam, which is further believed to have fuelled because of the political focus shifting to development of separate Telangana state. Consequently, this added to land prices in Hyderabad and the attention of property developers quickly got diverted to Visakhapatnam.

Property developers, apart, group of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) promising handsome investments have now turned their heads towards the port city. With the result, land prices have spiraled by 50 to 75% in the past two months. What further boosted the rising land prices was the allotment by the State Government of vast stretches of valuable land to industries, software companies and development of Special economic zones (SEZs).

Visakhapatnam has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years and improvements can be seen in every sector in the city. Here, the land prices range in between Rs.8, 000 to Rs.10,000 per square yield. In the major locations like Dwarkanagar, it is as high as Rs. 30,000 to 40,000 per sq yard times, with the development of several IT units and also the sanction of several new industrial parks such as Brandix Apparel City.

The Visakhapatnam Port has been the best port in the country from the past of years for handling as much as 55 million tones of cargo during 2005-06. This even though Volks Vagan’s decision to backtrack from its proposal of setting up an automobile unit in the city caused a temporary delay.

Property prices in Visakhapatnam got doubled in a span of a year. The most popular area is the stretch along the beach, Rushikonda to Bheemunipatnam. The market value of an acre near to Bheemunipatnam is around Rs. 60 lakh and the registration value is in the order of Rs. 9 to Rs. 15 lakh. Indeed, the registration value pushed to 75 per cent from 50 per cent from August 2006.

I find this news quite interesting from the point of view of making investments in Visakhapatnam. Can anyone shed more light on the property trends in this city.

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  • ‘Prudent utilisation key to check depletion of resources’ SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
    VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 06, 2018 00:00 IST
    UPDATED: JUNE 06, 2018 05:08 IST

    Visakhapatnam Rural SP Rahul Dev Sharma at the plantation drive jointly organised by The Hindu and the ESSAR Group, at ZP High School at Chandrampalem in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. D.S. Varma, HR Head of ESSAR looks on.C.V.Subrahmanyam Efforts must be made to maintain environmental balance, says SP
    Highlighting that the earth has limited resources that are depleting alarmingly, Visakhapatnam Rural Superintendent of Police Rahul Dev Sharma has said that the scarce means must be utilised judiciously to meet the ends.

    Speaking to students during a plantation drive jointly undertaken by The Hinduand the Essar Group at the Chandrampalem Zilla Parishad High School near Madhurawada marking the World Environment Day, the SP said efforts must be put in to ensure that that the spent resources was replenished to maintain a healthy environmental balance.

    Deliberating on this year’s theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, Mr. Rahul said, “Rampant use of plastic has dangerous repercussions. Apart from being non-biodegradable, plastic has toxic properties which is detrimental to the public health in the long run.

    Climate change

    Appreciating the efforts of The Hindu and the Essar Group in creating awareness among students, he said, “We are entering a very dangerous phase of climate change and awareness plays an important role here.”

    Highlighting the aspects of climate change, Mr. Rahul elaborated on the recent trends of thunderstorm and dust storm activities across the country. “We have never experienced such adverse climatic parameters in the past. This shows that the effects of climate change are quite palpable,” he said.

    Earlier, M. Lakshmi, a Class X student, who won the elocution award, spoke about climate change and the importance of World Environment Day.

    The Hindu and the Essar Group have been organising the plantation drive on the occasion for the last few years to create awareness on how to safeguard the environment. D.S. Varma of the Essar Group and former police officer and social activist TSR Prasad also spoke on the occasion.

    Prizes were given away to the students who won in the essay and elocution competitions.

  • All for a plastic-free environment STAFF REPORTER
    VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 06, 2018 00:00 IST
    UPDATED: JUNE 06, 2018 05:08 IST

    Spreading the word:Schoolgirls participating in an awareness rally organised by the A.P. Pollution Control Board, marking World Environment Day, in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. Awareness programmes, plantation drives mark World Environment Day
    Awareness rallies on plastic pollution, plantation drive, distribution of eco-friendly bags marked the World Environment Day (WED) in the city on Tuesday. Several organisations, voluntary associations and educational institutions launched a host of eco-friendly programmes, keeping the focus on the current year’s theme: ‘Beat plastic pollution’.

    Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board flagged off a rally on the Beach Road followed by an awareness programme at Dr. Y.V.S. Murty Auditorium, AUCE. Based on environmental themes, film were screened and songs were presented.

    1,000 saplings planted

    Waltair Division of East Coast Railway organised a massive plantation programme in the Railway colonies as a step to prevent pollution. More than 1,000 saplings were planted in the Railway colonies at Marripalem, Sevanagar, N.S.M. Colony and Jail area. DRM Mukul Saran Mathur and ADRM Kuna Dhanunjeya Rao took part in the green drive.

    Pledge administered

    More than 300 trainees, faculty members and the staff of Skill Development Institute took part in a plantation drive followed by an awareness session at Arilova. Representatives of CitYzen explained various means to avoid plastic waste and a pledge in this regard was administered to the participants.

    Seeds distributed

    With an aim to provide safe home to marine species and maintain plastic-free oceans, ICAR-CIFT (Central Institute of Fisheries Technology) took out an awareness march on the Beach Road. With micro-plastics entering the food chain, the team also gave away vegetable seeds to passers-by to promote organic farming. It was attended by scientist in-charge of ICAR-CIFT Raghu Prakash and Principal Scientist B. Madhusudana Rao.

    Led by the district programme officer of Andhra University campus N.V.S. Suryanarayana, NSS volunteers and students planted trees near Ring Road. Senior Civil Judge S. Damodar Rao addressed the students of Gayatri Vidya Parishad MLBT High School and encouraged them to plant trees. Senior advocate Kuppili Muralidhar recommended ways to reduce the use of plastic.

  • GVMC on a mission to reduce plastic usage in city Visakhapatnam: While many NGOs and private organisations have been spreading awareness on the dangerous impact of plastic pollution on the occasion of World Environment Day, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Authorities (GVMC) has taken a lead role in reducing the amount of plastic generated in the city everyday.
    GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan said efforts are being made to reduce the amount of plastic generation by taking a call not to use plastic glasses or water bottles during meetings. The initiative close on the heels of this year’s World Environment Day theme, ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. Henceforth, only paper glasses would be used during GVMC meetings instead of plastic water bottles.

    Environmentalist Sohan Hatangadi had recently appealed to large organisations in the city such as GVMC, Vuda, district collectorate, HPCL, Indian Navy, Andhra University, Railways and IT companies to stop serving water in single use plastic bottles at gatherings, meetings and conferences.

    Zone 3 commissioner Chitti Babu, along with sanitary staff and officials from the horticulture department, are taking steps to promote the ‘Vanam Manam’ programme in various areas of the zone.

    Stating that colony parks were in a bad condition earlier, Sujatha, president of Nehrunagar Welfare Association, said the revamping of parks including construction of compound walls has already begun. “Parks in the colony will now be used for recreational purposes and not for dumping debris,” she said.

    GVMC officials are now paying a regular visit to Poorna market, a vegetable market in the city, and asking vendors to stop using plastic bags below 50 microns. There would be heavy penalty if the vendors do not abide by the norms, said a GVMC official.

    Dr Sudhakar, GVMC assistant medical officer of health (AMOH), told TOI that around 20 wholesale plastic dealers have got their firms registered with the civic body. “According to rules, plastic vendors have to register with the local body and pay Rs 4,000 per month to conduct their business. Till now, 20 plastic vendors have registered themselves after paying the amount. They have also been asked not to sell plastic bags which are below 50 microns,” he told TOI.

    “We will continue our campaign and counsel the vendors to stop the use of plastic. Every Wednesday, GVMC will observe ‘Plastic Fine Day’ to penalise vendors if they go against the instructions. Also, the civic body has requested people not to accept plastic bags from any vendor and instead carry a cloth bag along when they go out for shopping,” he added.

  • Draft DPR submitted for beachfront redevelopment Visakhapatnam: The sprawling beachfront from the Coastal Battery Junction in Vizag city to Bheemili will soon sport a new look as the private agency has submitted a draft detailed project report (DPR) for its redevelopment to the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC).
    The draft DPR proposes to conceptualise mixed use development to blend into the natural landscape while keeping the ecology of the region and social and economic fabric of the region intact. The GVMC is currently seeking inputs and suggestions from the general public on the project.

    Several strategies have been planned for an integrated and sustainable beachfront development as part of the draft DPR. These include conserving and revitalising natural assets located along the beachfront, including the Kambalakonda eco-tourism park, Sitakonda reserve forest, red sand hills and other pristine beaches. A cycling network is also planned in two phases — from Coastal Battery Junction to Rushikonda in the first phase, and Rushikonda to Bheeumunipatnam in the second phase.

    Upgrading recreational parks such as Gokul Park, Tenneti Park, Vuda Park etc is also on the agenda. The DPR has also proposed increasing connectivity between various destinations along the beachfront, improving street scape and providing life guards at every 500-metre distance. Plazas and promenades will be developed at various spots, including amenities zone, event space, sidewalks, disabled-friendly beach access, retail and food kiosks, beach activities, water retention zones, shacks by the sea, picnic area, pathways etc.

    A strategy has also been put forward to enhance the livelihood of coastal communities by developing multi-purpose space for training and skill development at Jalaripeta and Mangamaripeta. Other strategies include enhancing resilience along the beachfront by providing early warning systems at several key points along the Beach Road, providing coastal protection via plantation and retaining walls etc. The DPR has also highlighted the issues and constraints of various stretches along the stretch, including strengths and opportunities.

    According to a GVMC official, two private players participated in the bidding process to render their consultancy services for the beachfront development project. “INI Design Studio Pvt Ltd bagged the project by quoting Rs 11.7 corre. We entered into an agreement with the agency in October. The DPR creates a methodology for intervention and construction for overall beachfront zone that is effective in high storm events and others. We will seek suggestions and objections from the general public for the next one month,” said the official.

    Visakhapatnam had witnessed massive devastation due to cyclone Hudhud in 2014. For restoration and post-disaster recovery, the Andhra Pradesh Disaster Recovery Project (APDRP) was proposed with the assistance of World Bank funds. The beachfront redevelopment project, a sub-component of the APDRP project, is expected to change the face of the beachfront.

  • Metro: RFP document being readied G.V. Prasada Sarma
    VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 07, 2018 00:00 IST
    UPDATED: JUNE 07, 2018 05:07 IST

    An aerial view of Visakhapatnam. Metrol rail is being proposed to ease traffic congestion in the city.K.R. DeepakK_R_DEEPAK The project has been proposed on three corridors at a cost of Rs. 11,900 crore
    The document for Request for Proposal for Light Metro for the city is being readied for submission to the State government.

    With the car capacity reduced from 250 to 200, it is now being referred to Light Metro and all other details worked out in the earlier Detailed Project Report hold good, say sources.

    The Metro, for which the detailed project report (DPR) has been prepared by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, is proposed on three corridors with a total length of 42.5 km at a cost of Rs. 11,900 crore in September 2015.

    The Visakhapatnam Metro is now proposed to be taken up in public private partnership (PPP) mode envisaging cost-sharing of 48% by the government and 52% by the successful bidder.

    Five companies have submitted Expression of Interest/RFQ for the Metro project in February 2018 and Amaravti Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC), the implementing agency for Vizag Metro, and its transaction advisor Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC), have evaluated them.

    According to sources, the five companies -- Adani Enterprises Limited, Tata Reality and Infrastructure Limited (TRIL), Shapoorji Pallonji and Company Private Limited, Essel Infra Projects Limited and IL & FS Rail Limited have qualified for bidding.

    The RFP document is being prepared by AMRC and UMTC and the draft is ready, it is learnt.

    In the PPP proposal following the New Metro Rail policy, the State government will fund for civil infrastructure, land acquisition, shifting of utilities etc amounting to 48 % of the cost, including taxes, it is learnt. The private operator will bear the cost of rolling stock, signalling, electromechanical works, operation and maintenance and intelligent transport system. However, the project cost excludes the cost of land and relief and rehabilitation.

    To be approved

    The RFP document has to be approved by the State government after which it will be released to the five companies that qualified. In the PPP proposals, land parcels are to be allotted by the State government. After approval by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, they will be sent to the Union Government.

    In the RFP, the companies will have to work out operational cost and revenue-earning and sharing in course of time once the Metro is operational. O & M will be for a period of 35 years, including five years for construction.

  • 'Naidu has failed to fulfil Agency areas' basic needs' TNN | Updated: Jun 8, 2018, 13:53 IST
    Jana Sena supremo Pawan Kalyan (File photo)

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Jana Sena supremo Pawan Kalyanresumed his Praja Porata Yatra after a three-day break on Thursday. Later throughout the day, he addressed public gatherings in Paderu, Madugulaand Narsipatnam. During his one speech, Pawan lambasted CM Naidu and TDP for their blatant ignorance towards the Agency areas.

    "CM Naidu, who is refuting the corruption allegations, should visit the tribal hamlets in Visakhapatnam agency area to understand the magnitude of corruption activities done by their party leaders," Pawan said. "There was no road access to hundreds of tribal hamlets. But roads were laid to CM's family company Heritage in Chittoor with the funds from the Panchayat Raj Department. I will reveal the corruption details in the information technology sector during my visit to Vizag city."
    "The state government, even after exploiting the natural resources of the tribal area, is not providing basic infrastructure and amenities to the tribal people," Pawan said.

  • Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority needs a consultant for Yarada Hill development plan Umamaheswara Rao| TNN | Updated: Jun 14, 2018, 09:36 IST

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) is looking for a consultant to prepare a master plan for the development of Yarada Hill.

    The Andhra Pradesh government has alienated around 1,394 acres of land in Yarada, Gollalapalem, Malkapuram and Pedagantyada villages to Vuda in 2008. Vuda seeks to use the space to promote eco-tourism, build star hotels, resorts, golf course, botanical garden, among other such complexes.

    Located on the southern side of Visakhapatnam, the Yarada Hill extends from the tip of the Dolphin’s Nose to Gangavaram Port on the southern end, overlooking the sea on one side and Visakhapatnam city and Vizag Port on the other.

    The hill presently has a defence establishment like Radar Centre, a housing colony for Navy with shopping complexes, etc. Visakhapatnam Port has also established its lighthouse at the tip of the hill, on its eastern side, popularly known as Dolphin Nose.

    From the inception report and surveys to data collection, the consultant will take the responsibility of preparing the layout and business plans, including financial model, environmental impact assessment, open space designing, illumination design, and producing the final layout report. Vuda wants to prepare the master plan with a special emphasis on making maximum spaces available to pedestrians and mixed land use. Roads will be developed on all the three sides, including Gajuwaka, Yarada beach and Malkapuram. Proposals have also been made to promote innovative tourism facilities connecting Yarada beach area with other recreational facilities.

    A senior Vuda official revealed that the consultant will draw up the preliminary cost estimate for the development work and expected revenue realisation based on the data and site appraisal. The consultant will also carry out technical and financial feasibility of projects for carrying out mixed use development, said the official.

  • Purushottapatnam scheme to be operational from next month G.V. Prasada Sarma
    VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 14, 2018 00:00 IST
    UPDATED: JUNE 14, 2018 04:59 IST

    Precious liquid:Water being pumped from the dead storage of Yeleru reservoir. It could not be operated in summer due to low water level in Godavari
    Once the water-level in the Godavari river reaches the required level, pumping from the Purushottapatnam lift scheme to the Yeleru reservoir will begin.

    Though the lift scheme is meant for filling the reservoir during the flood season of the Godavari to meet the water needs of the city and was inaugurated in August 2017 it could not be operationalised in time to meet that end. When it is ready for operation the water level in the Godavari is not adequate.

    As a result, the Visakhapatnam Industrial Water Supply Company, like in many years in the past, resorted to pumping of water from the dead storage of Yeleru reservoir from about mid-April.

    The Godavari level is 13.8 metres and is expected to touch 14.1 m, the minimum drawal level, by the end of June. “Once it happens pumping from the Purushottapatnam lift scheme is expected to begin,” said sources. Officials of VISCOW and the Irrigation Department have recently discussed the possibility and arrived at the tentative time of June-end , it was learnt.

    With lifting during the flood season of four months from July to October the Yeleru reservoir is expected to be full reaching its total capacity of 24 TMC feet. Besides considerable increase in the availability in the reservoir, water flows by gravity and the pumping from dead storage will be a thing of the past.

    Between 2000 and now the reservoir was full was only twice- in 2006 and 2009, say sources. The reservoir has been facing such a situation for several years with the North-East monsoon not bringing enough rain in its catchment resulting in less inflows.

    However, rain in the catchment area of the Sabari, tributary of Godavari, and Sileru area is important for Godavari-level rising.

    Initially lifting of around 1000 cusecs is expected from the Godavari into the first stage in the Polavaram Left Main Canal, 10 km away. From there water will flow by gravity 50 km to the second stage of the scheme. It will be lifted using eight motors and through 13 km pipeline water reaches the Yeleru reservoir.

    Meanwhile, recent rain slightly improved the Yeleru reservoir level from 70.1 m to 70.4 m. Pumping will be stopped if it reaches 71.5 m. Supply to the city during the summer has been maintained with good management. Fortunately, summer had not been severe and there were a few spells of rain.

  • ‘Ensure housing units are handed over in time’ TNN | Jun 16, 2018, 00:55 IST
    Visakhapatnam: Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation commissioner M Hari Narayanan directed officials to speed up construction works of housing units. He visited layouts where the housing units are under construction and will be constructed, in Rajeev Colony, Pydimamba Colony, Gowri Nagar, Chilakapeta and RP Peta in Zone-IV on Friday as part of his field visit.

    He asked officials to ensure that the housing units are handed over to beneficiaries on time. He interacted with residents of Gowri Nagar and convinced them to construct houses under Housing for All. He explained about government subsidies and the advantages of proper housing.

    The Centre has sanctioned about 75,000 housing units under “Housing for All by 2022” scheme in two categories, including 16,000 under beneficiary-led individual house construction category and about 59,000 units under affordable housing in partnership category.

  • Enquiry starts into Vuda layout irregularities TNN | Jun 16, 2018, 00:09 IST

    Visakhapatnam: The chief commissioner of land administration (CCLA) has initiated a departmental enquiry into the alleged irregularities committed during the land pooling process of Ozone Valley project and nine other layouts within the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) limits.

    The officials checked documents and records at the Vuda office on Thursday and informed that the enquiry will also continue on Friday. Some of these layouts are in Madhurawada, Cyber Valley and other places. The irregularities are allegedly to the tune of hundreds of crores of rupees. The land scam in Ozone Valley project itself was said to be of Rs 500 crore.

    According to sources, then Vuda vice-chairman K Sasidhar sent a report to the government pertaining to the irregularities in Vuda layouts in 2011. He also asked for an in-depth inquiry.

    In 2014, the government gave the case to the vigilance and enforcement department. The vigilance enquiry too found certain irregularities during acquisition of land by Vuda by interpolating revenue records and grabbing government lands. The probe also detected irregularities during the land pooling stage for Ozone Valley project. On June 1, the state government ordered a departmental enquiry by the CCLA to look into the matter.

    Speaking to TOI, K Sarada Devi, joint secretary at the office of CCLA, who verified records at Vuda office on Thursday, said they have to study 3,000 to 4,000 pages of records as part of the probe.

  • CCLA initiates enquiry into layout irregularities by Visakhapatnam development body The officials checked documents and records at the Vuda office on Thursday and informed that the enquiry will also continue on FridayTNN | June 16, 2018, 14:00 IST

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The chief commissioner of land administration (CCLA) has initiated a departmental enquiry into the alleged irregularities committed during the land pooling process of Ozone Valley project and nine other layouts within the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) limits.

    The officials checked documents and records at the Vuda office on Thursday and informed that the enquiry will also continue on Friday. Some of these layouts are in Madhurawada, Cyber Valley and other places. The irregularities are allegedly to the tune of hundreds of crores of rupees. The land scam in Ozone Valley project itself was said to be of Rs 500 crore.

    According to sources, then Vuda vice-chairman K Sasidhar sent a report to the government pertaining to the irregularities in Vuda layouts in 2011. He also asked for an in-depth inquiry.

    In 2014, the government gave the case to the vigilance and enforcement department. The vigilance enquiry too found certain irregularities during acquisition of land by Vuda by interpolating revenue records and grabbing government lands. The probe also detected irregularities during the land pooling stage for Ozone Valley project. On June 1, the state government ordered a departmental enquiry by the CCLA to look into the matter.

    Speaking to TOI, K Sarada Devi, joint secretary at the office of CCLA, who verified records at Vuda office on Thursday, said they have to study 3,000 to 4,000 pages of records as part of the probe.

  • Fast on ‘Panchagramala’ land issue on June 24 SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
    VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 16, 2018 00:00 IST
    UPDATED: JUNE 16, 2018 04:41 IST
    Pattas sought for all the residents in Survey No.275
    Forum for Development of North Andhra will hold a one-day fast on June 24 demanding a solution to the ‘Panchagramala’ land issue.

    It was announced by FDNA general secretary A. Aja Sarma at a meeting at Simhachalam, organised to mark the conclusion of a four-day padayatra. Beginning Tuesday at Vepagunta and organised by the forum and Samaikya Praja and Rythu Samkshema Sangham, the padayatra covered various colonies at Venkatapuram, Cheemalapalli, Purushottapuram and Adavivaram and a total of 65 meetings were organised.

    Speaking at the Simhachalam meeting, leaders said in spite of announcing at its first Cabinet meeting in Visakhapatnam that the issue would be resolved in 100 days, the TDP government further complicated it. They demanded that the ryotwari pattas given to the Devasthanam in 1996 be cancelled and pattas be given to all the residents in Survey No.275.

  • 50 acres for Navy to build add’l runway can ease host of problems Siva G| TNN | Jun 22, 2018, 02:36 IST

    Visakhapatnam: Several travellers’ associations are requesting the Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) to allot 50 acres of land to the Navy for building an additional runway at the city airport, parallel to the existing tarmac.

    The additional runway can then be used by the Navy for dedicated military operations without hurting commercial operations at the airport.

    The Navy had proposed to halt commercial operations at the city airport for five hours a day to conduct sorties. Following an uproar from airlines and travellers’ associations, the Navy later agreed to bring down the slots to three hours a day from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm daily. This slot would have badly hit commercial operations at the airport, with eight direct flights and several other indirect flights being affected as a result.

    “Each flight would have 150 passengers on an average and all these eight flights will have 1,200 passengers flying out of the airport and another 1,200 passengers flying in. This would mean 2,400 passengers a day and around 9 lakh passengers per year getting affected due to these slots,” said Vizag Development Council president O Naresh Kumar said.

    “Vizag airport handles around 2.5 million passengers per year, and 9 lakh passengers being affected by these slots is a huge number,” Naresh Kumar said.

    If the port gives the required 50 acres land, the Navy can build a parallel runway to the existing one and may not have to ask for military slots. Vizag airport has one unidirectional runway. According to sources, Navy has already sent a request letter to the port for the required land to build a taxi runway exactly a year ago.

    “The state government needs to coordinate with the port for the required land to Navy and also provide alternative land to the port. The issue would be solved and the city’s future would be bright,” Air Travellers’ Association vice-president DS Varma said. He said they are seeking the intervention of chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and Vizag Lok Sabha member K Haribabu.

    Over the unidirectional runway, the AP Chamber of Commerce president G Samba Siva Rao said aircraft are now landing only from one direction, which leads to delays in take-offs and landings. This is because visibility is hampered on the other side due to the Narava hill.

    “Because of one way landing and take-off, six to seven flights can land in one hour and flying time also increases by six-10 minutes, wasting fuel and increasing travel costs,” Samba Siva Rao said. The airport has been handling 70 civil flights every day, which means 700 minutes of extra flying and fuel wastage, leading to environment pollution also.

    The Air travellers association is suggesting the state government to reduce the height of the Narava hills to have clear visibility of runway, then flights can land both ways or sides of the runway and give space for landing of 15 flights per hour instead of seven. One of the member of Air travellers Association Kumar Raja requested the government to clear the objections of the forest department, mining department and revenue department in reducing the height of the hill for clear visibility.

  • Andhra Pradesh only state with 3 cities in top-10 list Umamaheswara Rao| TNN | Jun 24, 2018, 02:47 IST

    Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh has scripted a success story in the SwachhSurvekshan 2018 with its three major cities Vijayawada, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam, having made it to the top 10 list. What makes the accomplishment even more special is that Andhra Pradesh is the only state in the country to have three cities in the top 10 list.

    In all, five cities of Andhra Pradesh found their place in the top-100 list in the results released on Saturday. However, when compared to the 2017 survey, the state’s performance has slipped. In the last survey, eight cities and towns from Andhra Pradesh featured among the top 50 cleanest cities.

    From Andhra Pradesh, a total of 110 cities and towns participated in the 2018 Swachh survey against the 32 towns/cities in the 2017 survey and only two cities in 2016 survey.

    It is Vijayawada, which made it big on Saturday by leaping 14 places and bagging the 5th rank.

    Temple town Tirupati moved up the rank and ended up at 6th place — it was 9th in the 2017 survey.

    GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan said, it is a sign of good things to see three major cities of Andhra Pradesh in the top-10 list.

    From Andhra Pradesh, a total of 19 cities attained the ranks below 200.

    Apart from the top three cities which ranked below 10, the other cities which outscored other Indian cities to find a place in the top-200 list include Ongole (83), Chittoor (95), Tenali (108), Kakinada (118), Narsaraopet (120), Guntur (129), Rajahmundry (138), Vizianagaram (154), Kadapa (163), Nandyal (176), Srikakulam (180), Proddatur (184), Machilipatnam (186), Mangalagiri (187), Eluru (192) and Nellore (193).

    While Indore and Bhopal retained their position as the top two cleanest cities for the second consecutive year, Chandigarh has been ranked as the third cleanest city this year. In order to foster a healthy competition among the cities to improve cleanliness standards, the ministry of urban development (MoUD) has initiated the survey in 2016, rating 73 cities across the country.
    But the number of cities participating in the survey has increased to 434 in 2017 and 4041 city in 2018 as has the competition.

  • Vizag falls four places in Swachh rankings, GVMC vows to do better Umamaheswara Rao| TNN | Jun 24, 2018, 02:45 IST

    Visakhapatnam: The Port City, which was pronounced the third cleanest city in Swachh Survekshan 2017, has ranked seventh in the 2018 survey. For a city, which outscored other Indian cities in the citizen feedback of SS-2018 by sending 1.61 lakh responses and worked harder this year, the news came as a shock. The full list of rankings was released on Saturday.

    But far from being discouraged by the results, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) commissioner M Hari Narayanan said that they would work harder. “Let us hope for the best,” said Hari Narayanan.

    Centurion University vice chancellor and former Andhra University vice chancellor Prof GSN Raju decribed the results as a marginal loss. “Apart from the GVMC officials, we, Swachh Visakha Ambassadors, have campaigned for the SS-2018. I hope we will get a better rank in 2019 Survey. We have to improve on some fronts. We have already started awareness campaigns on cleanliness and sanitation for next year,” said Prof GSN Raju.

    Giving itself a head-start for the survey, the GVMC drove its efforts and machinery towards the sanitary strategy, which was drafted based on the survey guidelines. After Swachh Survekshan 2018 incorporated the sustainable waste management practices, the GVMC has also aggressively pushed the public towards garbage segregation as well as composting.

    The civic body feels that the city may have fared poorly in the survey related to converting waste into compost and scientific processing of waste. For example, the segregation at source is limited to some 50%-60% households of the city. The 15MW waste-to-energy plant has been completed, which is expected to pave the way for percent scientific waste processing, but will only be ready after December 2018.

    The Hudhud-battered Visakhapatnam first made national headlines when it emerged as the fifth cleanest city in the 2016 rankings. The city also entered the premium league of 20 Smart Cities in the same year.