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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  • Smart move: Tourists to Visakhapatnam can now hire battery-operated cycles TNN | Jun 23, 2018, 12:07 IST


    VISAKHAPATNAM: Tourists visiting Vizag city can now hire battery-operated cycles for sightseeing and other purposes, thanks to an initiative launched by Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation Limited (GVSCCL).

    On a pilot basis, the GVSCCL procured 100 battery-operated cycles under the Vizag Smart City project to operate them on the beachfront. GVSCCL has partnered with ‘HexiBike’ to operate the cycles. GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan launched the public bicycle-sharing project on Friday. The private agency has set up four docking stations on the beach road with each station having 25 e-cycles, including at YMCA Junction, Pandurangapuram and Kalimatha temple premises.

    GVMC commissioner and GVSCCL managing director M Hari Narayanan said they have launched the initiative on a pilot basis with 100 e-cycles. “GVSCCL will invest Rs 4 crore as the capital cost into the public bicycle-sharing project while the operation and maintenance will be borne by the private agency. The project may take shape in the next three months after completion of the pilot project,” said Hari Narayanan.

    The commissioner added that besides providing an affordable and environmentally friendly mobility option, it would also generate social and environmental benefits for the community. “Users need to download the Hexi App to utilise the public bicycle-sharing project. After availing the e-cycles, the users can return the cycles at any of the docking stations on the beach road,” said Hari Narayanan. GVSCCL had undertaken a planning study for the public bicycle sharing system with the assistance of the World Resources Institute. As part of the planning study, an area of around 18 square kilometres in the central part of the city, including 6 square kilometres of the Area-Based Development part of the Smart City project, was studied for the project.
    Apart from the Smart City project, the GVMC has already procured 50 battery-operated cycles at a cost of about Rs 12 lakh. The GVMC has issued a tender inviting the private players to hand over the operational maintenance of the fleet of these 50 cycles. “We will provide all the needed infrastructure for the project to the private player to operate these 50 cycles. While the agency gets 80% revenue of the project, the civic body takes the remaining 20%,” said a GVMC official.








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  • CM gives green light to IT City, integrated museum master plans TNN | Updated: Jun 23, 2018, 12:15 IST
    Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Chief minister N Chandrababu Naiduhas given his approval to the master plans of the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority’s 20-acre Information Technology Hub (IT Hub) project in Madhurawada as well as the Integrated Museum Project on RK Beach road.

    Vuda officials gave a powerpoint presentation to the chief minister on Thursday night at the airport while he was waiting for his flight to Vijayawada. Satisfied with the designs, Naidu directed the Vuda officials to proceed with the projects.

    Vuda will develop an IT tower as part of the IT Hub project. The project will also have commercial, residential and recreational spaces. Apart from the tower block, the IT city will get several blocks for auxiliary social infrastructure, including malls, hotels and multiplexes.

    Vuda inked an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government during the recently concluded Partnership Summit 2018 to facilitate the project. However, Vuda is learnt to be treading cautiously by inviting private parties to gauge the demand for the space that will be created by the project. Based on the demand, capacity planning and other relevant information of the interested parties, Vuda can make tweaks to the planning and execution of its 20-acre IT city project, which will cost a fortune.

    On the other hand, the proposed Integrated Museum and Tourist Complex will integrate the TU-142 aircraft museum, INS Kursura submarine museum, Victory at Sea memorial, Rajiv Smrithi Bhavan, proposed Sea Harrier Museum and other tourist sights in the immediate vicinity of one another on the RK Beach road through underpasses.

    Apart from providing underground parking for 800 cars and 400 two-wheelers, Vuda will reclaim a 2-kilometre stretch of the beach road road by moving traffic flow underground.

    The reclaimed road will be converted into a green space/park. An underground tunnel will be developed for the vehicular flow in this two kilometre stretch, where the traffic will be diverted underground.

    Vuda estimates that the project will cost about Rs 60 crore.









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  • 10,000 seaweed culture units to be set up in the state soon Sulogna Mehta| TNN | Jun 26, 2018, 02:25 IST

    Visakhapatnam: The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI)–ICAR, Visakhapatnam, has identified 27 potential sites in four north coastal Andhra districts for cultivation of seaweeds, a marine plant with multifarious uses. The state government wants CMFRI to formulate a project report, provide technical expertise and collaborate on the cultivation of seaweed on a large, commercial scale in AP.

    Under the Centre’s ‘Blue Revolution’ scheme, the government of India has given financial assistance to set up 10,000 seaweeds culture units in Andhra Pradesh, where the production is negligible compared to Tamil Nadu (22K tonnes), Gujarat and Maharashtra, (each 20K tonnes) and Lakshadweep (8,000 tonnes).

    Seaweed research has also gained momentum in recent years, which has its usage in food, drugs, textiles, cosmetics, fertiliser, cattle-feed and biofuel industry. These are grouped as red, brown and green seaweeds with red seaweed (kappaphycus alvarezii species) being the most common.

    To start with, CMFRI will conduct a pilot scale study focusing on four sites in Visakhapatnam near Mangamaripeta, Bheemili and the dockyard area. Of the four, two will be sea cage sites (existing mari-culture sites) and the other two will be non-cage sites. Both raft method and tube-net method of culture would be experimented with for one year. There are some parameters for selecting the sites for cultivation, like temperature should not go beyond 30 degrees Celsius, salt content should be at least 30 ppt, gentle wave and tide action, moderate underwater current and availability of nutrient rich water free from metal contaminants and toxic pollutants.

    “The seaweed germplasm (seeds) of the Kappaphygus species would be sourced from Mandapam in Tamil Nadu. The rafts would be locally made and the tube-nets would be brought from Gujarat.

    “The peak growth season for seaweeds is from June to August and November to February. As per the species, they grow between 45-90 days. Based on the growth rate, we will frame a detailed project report and send it to the state fisheries department,” said Subhadeep Ghosh, principal scientist and scientist-in-charge of CMFRI.

    A cause for concern is depletion of seaweed species in AP. In the 1970s, scientists had observed 87 different species of seaweed in the coastal waters of AP. But in 2011, scientists could find just 38 types of species.

    “Their decrease in number can be attributed to climate change, falling PH value or water acidification, industrial pollution and dumping of untreated sewerage in the seas, anthropogenic issues like destruction of their habitat and so on,” added Ghosh.









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  • Seaweeds have multifarious commercial usage in various industries, say scientists Sulogna Mehta| TNN | Jun 26, 2018, 02:26 IST


    Visakhapatnam: Belying its name, marine plant seaweed is not a weed but a valuable cash crop from which various products can be made for different industrial purposes. The interesting options for its commercial usage in AP are currently being explored by the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) and Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Visakhapatnam.

    Seaweeds have several health benefits as they are low in calories and carbohydrate but high in fibre, rich in antioxidants and poly unsaturated fatty acid (good fat), protein, iodine, various minerals and vitamins. They have amino acids as growth-promoting hormones and have anti-cancerous qualities, say scientists.

    Seaweeds find multifarious uses besides primary consumption as a vegetable (which is not popular in India unlike other South Asian countries). It is used in encapsulation of medicines, as thickening gel, binding and emulsifying agent (agar and alginate) in the food industry, for cleaning of wine and beer to render its transparency, as health foods from extracts, in textile industry, and the byproduct can be used in organic farming (liquid fertiliser), biofuel and cattle feed. “Since seaweeds are not a popular item for direct consumption in India, we are looking at alternatives such as fortification in fish seaweed sausage, seaweed grape juice, noodles and seaweed cookies, the technology for which we are developing at CIFT,” said R Raghu Prakash, principal scientist and scientist-in-charge at CIFT-ICAR.

    Jesmi Debbarma, a researcher on seaweeds at CIFT, averred: “If seaweed cultivation is integrated with fish culture, it can be used as biofilter (especially gracilaria, ulva and laminaria species) to remove waste inorganic nutrients and for treatment of sewage and some agro wastes. The extract can be used as a biofertiliser as it has natural growth hormones, NPK and organic micro nutrients. It is also used in the cosmetics industry as it has anti-aging and anti-oxidant rich properties.”

    Agar, alginates (binding agent) and carrageenan as hydrocolloids find wide industrial usage. India’s requirement is around 400 tonnes of agar and 1,000 tonnes of alginate per annum but only 30% and 40% of it is produced indigenously, respectively. Agar, a gelatin-type substance made from red seaweed, can be used in bakeries and confectionary items, pharma industry, dentistry plant tissue culture and so on, said Madhusudan Rao from CIFT.













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  • VPT bags several green awards for eco-friendly moves TNN | Jun 26, 2018, 02:29 IST


    Visakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam Port Trust bagged several of the AP Green Awards announced by the Andhra Pradesh Greening and Beautification Corporation on Sunday.

    According to officials, VPT bagged the first prize in industries (public) category. It also won the first and second prizes in individual home gardens (public) for the chairman’s bungalow and deputy chairman’s bungalow, respectively.

    In recent years, VPT has taken up several environment-friendly initiatives, like setting up a 10MW solar power plant, 10MLD sewage treatment plant and plantation drives on a big scale. “Also, we have initiated a project to be executed during 2018-20 through the AP forest department under which two lakh plants under shelter belt plantation would be planted to preserve and protect the Vizag coastline. The project cost of about Rs 2.30 crore would be funded by the VPT,” P L Haranadh, VPT deputy chairman, told TOI.

    During the last three years, VPT planted 1.75 lakh plants in operational areas under the ‘Green Visakha’ plantation programme. VPT also developed an 8km-long central median within the port premises with greenery and beautified Convent junction, Sheela Nagar junction, Y junction, PCR junction and B Ramp junction with plantation and landscaping.

    The public enterprise has also taken up translocation of 360 trees which were being affected due to the road-widening project from PCR junction to RCL junction, thereby facilitating their conservation, protection and preservation. It has also taken up beautification and landscaping works in bungalows of Harbour Park which were severely affected by the Hudhud cyclone in 2014. Rain water harvesting along with vermi compost units including kitchen and fruit gardens apart from solar power generation are some of the initiatives being taken up.










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  • RWAs raise voice against random pruning of trees by discom in city Prasad Nichenametla| TNN | Jun 28, 2018, 02:38 IST

    Visakhapatnam: Vexed by the indiscriminate axing of trees by the APEPDCL, the resident welfare associations of the city are demanding that they be made a part of the decision making on the extent of trees to be pruned for power line maintenance.

    RWAs allege that field level discom officials and tree-cutters descend on the colonies unannounced one fine morning and even chop trees where it is not required. Discom officials are now carrying out tree pruning in several colonies in preparation for the monsoon season.

    Residents of various colonies, especially those who share concern for the environment and the ill-effects of a reduced green cover on the city’s climate, are a worried lot. “There is a serious need to create awareness on the importance of greenery among the people sent on this chopping task. They often resort to random chopping out of ignorance or insensitivity, and are unaware on the importance of trees around us,” says Dr P Mary Anupama, who teaches at a private engineering college in the city.

    Dr K S R Murthy, vice-president of AP Federation of RWAs, stresses on the need to involve the resident welfare bodies. “While pruning is necessary for uninterrupted power supply, at the same time we should try our best to minimise the extent of damage to a tree. For even a branch to regrow is a time taking process, therefore care should be taken to cut only those parts that interfere with the power lines,” Murthy said.

    “If the RWAs are intimated in advance. at least a day before, we can assemble to help them. Since the cutters conveniently chop whatever is reachable by hand, we have even devised a bamboo pole with sickle at the top end which we can provide for the purpose,” Murthy, who is also the president of JR Nagar RWA, added.

    GVMC officials say despite repeated appeals, the APEPDCL officials “do not inform us and prune trees about 4-5 times a year which is unnecessary”. “They even chopped off trees which we raised as part of a green belt from the airport to Maddilapalem. Trees which are of 15 feet height were pruned when the high tension wires are at 30 feet height!” said M Damodara Rao, assistant director (horticulture), GVMC.

    The civic body official further said they have a hi-tech hydraulic machine which can reach up to 30 feet and a trained pruner can be deployed on intimation from the discom. “We have made use of this machine in some sectors of MVP Colony. In fact, the APEPDCL should procure 3-4 such machines so that pruning can be restricted to two times a year,” Rao says.








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  • ‘Go green, say no to plastics’ STAFF REPORTER
    VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 28, 2018 00:00 IST
    UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2018 05:12 IST







    Members of Junior Chambers International Vizag Achievers distributing cloth bags to a roadside vendor at P.M. Palem in Visakhapatnam. JCI volunteers take out a rally in P.M. Palem
    Conveying messages such as ‘shop with your own bags’, ‘we are sharing the planet’ and ‘no plastics’ loud and clear, Junior Chambers International Vizag Achievers organised a rally at P.M. Palem here on Wednesday.

    The on-going awareness drive ‘Go green, say no to plastic’ saw a group of volunteers and JCI members carrying placards and walking along the streets of the neighbourhood and explaining the risk factors involved in using non-biodegradable plastics to vendors.

    As a part of the endeavour, JCI volunteers visited the roadside shops and general stores in the area and offered alternatives to plastic carry bags.

    Objective

    “The idea is to spot places where plastic covers are used extensively and encourage the users to go for affordable substitutes. We have already distributed 2,000 cloth bags free of cost to roadside vendors, shop owners, vegetable and fruit sellers along with those who run petty shops because the circulation of plastic bags in such places is high,” said Jyothsna Katari, vice-president of (management) JCI Vizag Achievers.

    By hosting similar awareness drives, JCI members intend to make P.M. Palem and Madhurawada plastic-free zones.

    Other JCI members, including Ranjeeth Sha, Sheetal Madan, Ravi Kumar and Prasanna Kumar took part in the campaign that concluded with the distribution of shoes, school bags and clothes to underprivileged children in the neighbourhood.













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  • City an emerging hub for e-learning

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    VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 28, 2018 00:00 IST
    UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2018 05:12 IST


    Connectivity matters:Employees at work on finding solutions to various lessons taught in the US at Chegg, in Visakhapatnam.K.R. DeepakK_R_DEEPAK

    Several institutions offer content and software development to varsities in the US


    Visakhapatnam, the prominent IT destination in the State, is fast emerging as a hub for e-learning for students, as well as for content and software development for educational institutions of the United States of America.

    As many as 10 firms, most of which are startups, are functioning in the field here, with a workforce of over 1,000 with a world-class work environment contributing their might for smart way of learning. “Many have identified Visakhapatnam as an ideal place for e-learning by holding one-to-one tuitions and development of customised software and content for American colleges and universities,” Software Technology Parks of India Joint Director M.P. Dubey told The Hindu on Tuesday.

    24&7 home tuitions

    Chegg, a NYSE-listed company, has a unit in the city with a headcount of 270 since 2006 and plans to expand manpower by 100 more. It specialises in 24x7 home tuitions by charging $50 per hour. It also prepares solutions to various lessons and offers e-books. Textbooks cost almost 60% of student expenses in the United States. “We offer e-lessons by our subject experts. Our employees, all of them academically bright, work on developing solutions to various lessons taught to the students,” says Chegg-Vizag director Sam Oguri.

    Chegg’s students are from graduation and post-graduation courses in engineering and business subjects. Mr. Oguri says through their campuses in the USand India, they have seen increase in student subscribers from 1.5 million in 2016 to 2.2 million in 2017. Their USP, he says, is playing a key role in edutech (education technology).

    Math solutions

    Quant, which started its operations in 1994, specialises in creating mathematics solutions for various schools and colleges in the US. “Ours is one of the oldest institutes offering answers and solutions for schools and colleges,” says E. Srihari Rao, director of Quant.

    Samudra, another institution, has been in operation in the city for the past 18 years. It has carved a niche for itself in implementing open source learning management system for several American colleges and universities. “We not only help in implementing open source learning management system but also develop the content for various institutes for their textbooks,” says M. Nandu, chief technical officer, Samudra Software.











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  • Halt construction on Sompeta wetland: HRF SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
    VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 29, 2018 00:00 IST
    UPDATED: JUNE 29, 2018 05:24 IST




    HRF team at the wetland site that was dug up by an aqua firm in Srikakulam district. ‘Industrial park will imperil farmers, fishermen and ecology’
    The Human Rights Forum (HRF) demanded that the government stop construction by the the Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) on the Sompeta wetland in Srikakulam district as it would affect farmers and fishermen, and destroy the ecology.

    The forum, on a visit with Sompeta-based Paryavarana Parirakshana Samithi (PPS) to the wetland, called ‘beela’ locally, said that setting up of an industrial park there must be disallowed, in a conversation with The Hindu here on Thursday.

    “We were shocked to see almost 200 acres of land abutting the beela dug-up ostensibly to undertake aquafarming by Savitra Agri Industrial Park Pvt. Ltd., a company of the NCC. Following protests by local farmers, the digging, which took place in May, was halted,” said HRF AP&TS Coordination Committee member V.S. Krishna, adding that threat to the wetland, however, remained.

    In September, 2015, the government issued an order (329) giving a go-ahead to a multi-product industrial zone by the NCC. Governments were supposed to preserve ecosystems for future generations, not be complicit in their wanton destruction, he said.

    ‘Against law’

    Pointing out that construction on wetlands contravened the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017, and the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, Mr. Krishna said, “We have emphasised that any industrial activity on a precious wetland will destroy biodiversity and subvert the livelihoods of farmers and fisherfolk.”

    Earlier, in 2008, another order (1107) had allowed the NCC to set up a thermal plant on 972 acres, triggering protests in which three farmers were killed in police firing on July 14, 2010. Subsequently, the National Environment Appellate Authority revoked the clearance to the project.











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  • RWAs raise voice against random pruning of trees by discom in city Prasad Nichenametla| TNN | Jun 28, 2018, 02:38 IST

    Visakhapatnam: Vexed by the indiscriminate axing of trees by the APEPDCL, the resident welfare associations of the city are demanding that they be made a part of the decision making on the extent of trees to be pruned for power line maintenance.

    RWAs allege that field level discom officials and tree-cutters descend on the colonies unannounced one fine morning and even chop trees where it is not required. Discom officials are now carrying out tree pruning in several colonies in preparation for the monsoon season.

    Residents of various colonies, especially those who share concern for the environment and the ill-effects of a reduced green cover on the city’s climate, are a worried lot. “There is a serious need to create awareness on the importance of greenery among the people sent on this chopping task. They often resort to random chopping out of ignorance or insensitivity, and are unaware on the importance of trees around us,” says Dr P Mary Anupama, who teaches at a private engineering college in the city.

    Dr K S R Murthy, vice-president of AP Federation of RWAs, stresses on the need to involve the resident welfare bodies. “While pruning is necessary for uninterrupted power supply, at the same time we should try our best to minimise the extent of damage to a tree. For even a branch to regrow is a time taking process, therefore care should be taken to cut only those parts that interfere with the power lines,” Murthy said.

    “If the RWAs are intimated in advance. at least a day before, we can assemble to help them. Since the cutters conveniently chop whatever is reachable by hand, we have even devised a bamboo pole with sickle at the top end which we can provide for the purpose,” Murthy, who is also the president of JR Nagar RWA, added. GVMC officials say despite repeated appeals, the APEPDCL officials “do not inform us and prune trees about 4-5 times a year which is unnecessary”. “They even chopped off trees which we raised as part of a green belt from the airport to Maddilapalem. Trees which are of 15 feet height were pruned when the high tension wires are at 30 feet height!” said M Damodara Rao, assistant director (horticulture), GVMC.
    The civic body official further said they have a hi-tech hydraulic machine which can reach up to 30 feet and a trained pruner can be deployed on intimation from the discom. “We have made use of this machine in some sectors of MVP Colony. In fact, the APEPDCL should procure 3-4 such machines so that pruning can be restricted to two times a year,” Rao says.









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  • Vizag rly station to soon get facilities similar to airport, as funding kicks in V Kamalakara Rao| TNN | Jun 30, 2018, 02:34 IST

    Visakhapatnam: The Railway Board has sanctioned Rs 10 crore to the Waltair division of East Coast Railway (ECoR) to remodel and renovate the railway station at Visakhapatnam.

    The railway ministry selected 70 railway stations in the country, including the one in Vizag, for renovation, and instructed the divisional railway officers (DRMs) concerned to send a detailed project report with architectural models.

    The Waltair division sent the report in May this year along with other stations listed by the railway ministry.

    The board selected 30 stations, including Vizag, to sanction the funds for redoing the stations’ interiors and exteriors.

    Confirming this to TOI, Waltair divisional railway manager MS Mathur said, “We have got approval for the renovation of the station for Rs 10 crore. We will be inviting tenders in the next few weeks and hopefully complete the project by March 2019.”

    The renovation project would include the remodelling of all basic amenities and facilities for passengers from seating and parking, to the installation of modern art and design. “The station would wear a new look from the next financial year. Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam stations in Andhra Pradesh got the approval for renovation in the first phase,” Mathur added.

    He said that the Rs 10 crore project is different from the earlier proposal of redeveloping the station at an estimated cost of Rs 200 crore. As the earlier proposal is still pending, the railway board took the decision of remodelling the stations with its own funds without any private sector investment. “The renovation project will not touch any issues related to the operational needs of the railways. This project is only meant for beautification of the station,” Mathur explained, while adding that railways would also take suggestions from local citizens in the renovation of the station.
    The city railway station was declared the cleanest railway station in the country in last year’s Swachh rankings in the A1 and A category.







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  • Modernisation of city harbour finally on track Siva G| TNN | Jun 30, 2018, 03:35 IST

    Visakhapatnam: The modernisation works at the city’s fishing harbour have finally got some momentum with the state government giving its administrative sanction for its share of funds to construction works. The Government of India is however yet to give its clearance to the submitted detailed project report and is also yet to release its share of funds.

    According to sources, the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) had submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to the commerce ministry more than six months ago. The DPR was once again submitted to the departments after giving clarifications to specific concerns asked by the departments a month ago.

    As per statistics, the boats in the Vizag district have caught around 1.54,582 metric tonnes of all types of culture and capture. It was 1.54,114 metric tonnes of catch in the 2017-18 financial year. The target for this year is 1.55 lakh metric tonnes.

    The fishing harbour would be modernised at an estimated cost of Rs 40 core. The state government had given administrative sanctions on Thursday. As part of the project, the state government is spending Rs 23 crore while the Centre would bear Rs 17 crore

    The fishing harbour is spread across an area of 26 acres of land with 11 jetties, and commenced operations 42 years ago. Presently, the district, with a 132-km coastline, has around 5,217 boats including over 700 mechanised boats, providing livelihood to 1.16 lakh fishermen.

    Additional director of the state fisheries department P Koteswara Rao told TOI that the state government had given administrative sanctions for its share and there was no communication or commitment over the Central government’s share till the date. He said they are expecting a word from the commerce department soon.

    To enhance hygienic conditions and to meet importer’s requirements, the government is trying to improve the conditions in the fishing harbour, so that no restrictions would be imposed on AP’s marine products.








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  • If Gali can build steel plant, what’s stopping Centre: CM TNN | Jun 30, 2018, 23:32 IST

    Kakinada: Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday came down heavily on the central government on the issue of the setting up of a steel plant at Kadapa.

    “If someone like Gali Janardhan Reddy can build a steel plant at Kadapa, what is stopping the government of India from doing the same?” Naidu asked, while addressing a public meeting as part of the TDP’s Dharma Porata Sabha at the JNTU grounds in Kakinada here.

    The CM alleged that the Centre is not giving the nod for the steel plant in Kadapa even though the state government has assured to provide land, power and iron ore for the plant. “The BJP is supporting corrupt people,” he said, adding that “Janardhan Reddy and Y S Jaganmohan Reddy are brothers and the BJP is playing the role of elder brother”. He further stated that BJP is trying to discredit the TDP MPs through technology when they were engaged in a private discussion at the AP Bhavan in New Delhi.

    Before the meeting, the crowd was shown video clips in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen promising special category status for Andhra Pradesh at a public meeting in Tirupati.

    Naidu said the BJP, which is seeking votes in the name of God, has cheated the state despite vowing before Lord Venkateswara Swamy on according SCS to AP. “The BJP is spending Rs 2,500 crore just to build a statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel,” he said. “Is Rs 1,500 crore enough to build a new capital for the state?”

    He further said that Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan was present when the PM had assured the SCS for AP, but he’s not saying a word on the issue now. Naidu made it clear that he will not leave the issue of SCS and called upon the people to have a discussion on the subject in every house. Stating that Niti Aayog has handed over the responsibility of building the Polavaram project to the state, he saif the project will be completed by the state government by 2019.

    The Centre has gone back on its promise of setting up a separate Railway Zone in Vizag and is not sanctioning funds for national educational institutions, the CM alleged.






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  • GVMC to give 1L water connections by Oct TNN | Updated: Jun 30, 2018, 23:38 IST

    Visakhapatnam: The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has set itself a target of giving 1 lakh new household water connections by October, this year, under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). The applicants will also be allowed to pay connection charges in eight equal installments.

    As per an earlier survey, the GVMC identified 75,000 households, which did not have water connection. Households paying a property tax below Rs 500 will be sanctioned connections under the ‘below poverty line (BPL)’ category. During a recent review meet at the GVMC office, municipal administration and urban development minister P Narayana directed officials to ensure that every household in the city have access to water.

    Speaking to the media, here, at the GVMC office on Saturday, GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan asked the public to utilise the opportunity. “We will issue notices to those households without connections and ask them to apply for water connection. Under AMRUT, we proposed 75,000 water connections for 2015-16 and 25,000 connections for the 2016-17. We have already called for tenders for these water connections. There will be no increase in the water tariff or connection charges. The objective of the AMRUT scheme is to ensure that every household has access to assured supply of water and a proper sewer connection,” said Hari Narayanan.

    When asked about whether the GVMC is geared to supply water to the one lakh new households, Hari Narayanan said, the 85 MLD water treatment plant in Aganampudi will become fully operational in the next few weeks. “We have already completed the trial run,” he added.

    Hari Narayanan said that Purushothapatnam Lift Irrigation Scheme (PLIS) and Polavaram will come in handy in the future for the growing demand for water in the city.

    The GVMC will now collect only 50% of water connection charges as a penalty in addition to the normal water connection charges applicable to the municipality to regularise an unauthorised water connection contrary to the full penalty amount collected earlier. And it will only collect the usual water tariff for a period of 12 months prior to the date of regularization, even if the unauthorised water connection is 10 years old.








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  • GVMC to develop three new parks, 40 more gyms in city Umamaheswara Rao| TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 02:38 IST

    Visakhapatnam: The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) will develop three public parks in various zones located in the suburbs of the city with about Rs 7 crore. These include Swatantra Nagar Park in Zone I, Satyanagar Park in Zone VI and HB Colony Park in Gajuwaka Zone.

    Considering the fact that all the parks are located at the heart of the city, the GVMC wants to create leisure and lung spaces in a bigger area for the residents. While the bidder has been finalised for Swatantra Nagar Park, the project of two other parks is at the tendering stage.

    GVMC officials have envisioned new landscape strategies for these parks, including play areas, gardens and walkways, multi-utility play equipment, etc.

    GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan said, the three parks will be developed and maintained by the GVMC. “All the city-level parks, maintained by either the GVMC or Vuda, are limited to the core of the city. Now, we will develop three parks in the suburbs,” said Hari Narayanan.

    Assistant director of horticulture (GVMC) M Damodara Rao said that the development of these parks is divided into two major components — garden and play area. “Apart from the infrastructure, the parks will have open gyms and courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton and others. Swatantra Nagar Park will also have an amphitheatre,” said Damodara Rao.

    The GVMC has developed 13 residential colony parks under public-private partnership mode in 2017-18 financial year. About 26 parks have been proposed to be established this financial year. While the Resident Welfare Associations have to bear one-third of the expenditure to be incurred, the GVMC will provide the two- thirds grant in aid.

    Hari Narayanan said that they are ready to develop more colony parks if the number of applications exceeds even 26. “We want to take the initiative of open gyms, established at 15 public places/parks, further given the good response from the public. Tenders have been called to set up open gyms at 40 more places in the city,” said the commissioner.









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