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    Draft VMRDA master plan may be ready in 5 months

    Umamaheswara Rao| TNN | Updated: Mar 26, 2018, 14:13 IST
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) is mulling to seek the approval of its board to extend the deadline for the preparation of master plan and zonal development plans for Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA).

    Vuda had embarked on this mammoth exercise in 2016 after the extent of VMRDA (which would replace Vuda) was increased to 6,764 sq km from its 1,721 sq km area.

    The master plan outlines a development vision of VMRDA and its planning framework for the future, including housing strategies, conservation zones, industrial development plans, transportation plans, environmental sustainable plans, public amenities and service plans, integration of erstwhile Vuda master plans, and business plans.

    A private agency has been entrusted with the responsibility of creating the master plan and zonal development plans for VMRDA-2041 (with a planning horizon of 25 years). The master plan works commenced in August 2016, which were originally scheduled to be concluded in two years by August 2018. However, the project has not entered the draft report stage. According to Vuda officials, they procured latest satellite imagery instead of 2012-based imageries as per the directions of Vuda board, which delayed the master plan process by several months. Now, it may take another four to five months to prepare the preliminary draft master plan report.
    Vuda vice-chairman P Basanth Kumar said they might recruit some exclusive staff to assist Vuda in master plan preparation. “We will take Vuda Board’s view on extending the deadline for master plan preparation,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Vuda has been conducting focus group meetings with all stakeholders as part of the master plan preparation. The agency has concluded field surveys, traffic surveys, workplace-based studies, heritage and conservation surveys, and household surveys.

    Vuda is yet to get the state government’s nod to get VMRDA status. The process was delayed due to difference of opinion over merger of new areas. VMRDA would emerge as the second largest urban development authority in Andhra Pradesh after CRDA.








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      Visakhapatnam development body extends deadline for land regularisation till May 31

      The LRS, which was introduced to regularise all the unauthorised plots and layouts within Vuda limits, received about 20,400 applications before closure of the scheme in 2015TNN | April 06, 2018, 14:00 IST

      VISAKHAPATANAM: The deadline for the disposal of pending applications under the land regularisation scheme (LRS) has been extended till May 31. A circular to this extent was sent to Vuda (Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority) by the state municipal administration and urban development department on Thursday. Between January 1 and March 31, Vuda disposed off 519 applications, with 3,277 applications still pending with the urban body.

      The LRS, which was introduced to regularise all the unauthorised plots and layouts within Vuda limits, received about 20,400 applications before closure of the scheme in 2015. Vuda officials have regulated 9,211 applications and rejected 6,242 before the end of the processing deadline in the first half of 2017. However, Vuda officials persuaded the government to extend the deadline to process the pending applications, and the government extended the deadline four times in the last seven months (in September and November of 2017, and January and April of 2018).

      Vuda vice-chairman P Basanth Kumar informed that they processed 519 applications as of March 31, which was originally the last date for processing the pending applications. “About 305 applications were approved and 214 were rejected, while 3,277 applications await regularisation,” he said.

      Through an LRS mela held in December 2017, Vuda officials handed over regularisation certificates to 114 applicants. However, the increased penalty charges, which are collected as per the prevailing market value of land based on sub-registrar records, is said to be the prime reason behind the poor response for the LRS scheme. The land value, meanwhile, has increased manifold since the scheme was launched. Vuda had sent out reminder letters and called the applicants personally to submit the necessary documents and pay the penalty.

      According to Vuda officials, some applications were rejected as those plots were developed in government or encroached land or did not meet the guidelines of the scheme. While regulation of unapproved layouts will entitle the applicant to get building permission from the competent authority, Vuda can provide civic amenities like roads and other amenities with the penalisation charges.









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        Now, civic body to go for real-time garbage collection

        Umamaheswara Rao| TNN | Updated: Apr 5, 2018, 14:36 IST
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        VISAKHAPATNAM: In a move towards real-time monitoring of garbage collection and transfer, the GVMC will soon switch over to a radio frequency identification (RFID)-based collection system.

        All the households of the city will be affixed with RFID tags with a chip embedded in it. The tags are read using a RFID device that is provided to the sanitary workers, recording the quantum of garbage collected on a particular day, timing of the collection, coverage of households, frequency of collection etc. The data will be transferred to the command and control centre of the city and to the CM dashboard. Affixing of tags has already begun at several wards — ward numbers 40, 50, 59, 69, to name on a pilot basis. The gate survey is going on in some other wards to identify the number of waste generating units.

        The wards of the city will be demarcated into smaller units of micro pockets consisting of, on an average, 350 waste-generating units. A GVMC health wing official informed that while transferring the waste from residential area micro pockets to the secondary transportation vehicles, the waste would be segregated and placed into different partitions of the vehicles.

        “It would be weighed micro pocket trip-wise by using the electronic weighing scales of the vehicles. Apart from the weighting at vehicles and through the RIFD tags, a third level weighing would be conducted at the garbage transfer stations of the city before disposing it at the dumping yard in Kapuluppada,” he said. “The identity of the micro pocket from which waste was brought to the transportation vehicle will be established through the RFID card with a unique identification number for each micro pocket. The garbage collection and disposal can be monitored at various levels, from the commissioner to chief minister through this system,” the official added.









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          Visakhapatnam development body to launch special drive against illegal layouts

          These unauthorised layouts are not only limited to Bhogapuram mandal, where the proposed international airport is coming up, but also to the entire district, including Denkada, S Kota, Pusapatirega, etcUmamaheswara Rao | TNN | April 12, 2018, 17:00 IST

          VISAKHAPATNAM: Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) has launched a special drive against unauthorised layouts within its limits. After Vizianagaram district administration had sent a list of layouts for scrutiny, Vuda identified 154 unauthorised layouts in the district. After the drive there concludes, it will be extendedto Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam.

          Speaking to TOI, Vuda chief urban planner V Bhavani Sankar cautioned people against buying plots in unauthorised layouts. “Proclaimers were engaged for the demolition of unauthorised layouts in Vizianagaram district. We have formed a team to coordinate the exercise. In the first phase, the unauthorised layouts in Vizianagaram will be identified and it will be continued further in Vizag and Srikakulam districts,” said Sankar.

          Explaining the intricacies of layout development, Sankar said; “While the development of plots in the approved layouts is limited to somewhere around 60 cents of an acre, the unauthorised layout developers will sell off more than 80 cents of land as it would not conform to the stipulated guidelines or zoning regulations. There will no proper roads, open spaces, electricity lines and provision of other utilities in the unauthorised layouts,” said the urban planner.

          These unauthorised layouts are not only limited to Bhogapuram mandal, where the proposed international airport is coming up, but also to the entire district, including Denkada, S Kota, Pusapatirega, etc.

          The sudden boom in layout development in Vizianagaram district is attributed to a variety of reasons, the proposed Bhogapuram airport, availability of affordable land, Visakhapatnam city’s maximum growth towards north-east wards (Vizianagaram side), etc. A real-estate developer from the city attributed a part of the reasons for people opting for unauthorised layouts to Vuda is that the latter is limited to developing high-end layouts. “The middle-class sections are lured by these (unauthorised) layouts as they can get a 100 square yard land at about Rs 3-4 lakh. But the buyers should check the credentials of the developers and other details before purchasing the plots,” he suggested












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            Millennium Tower-A to be ready for operation by end of summer

            V Kamalakara Rao| TNN | Apr 16, 2018, 11:50 IST
            VISAKHAPATNAM: The Millennium Tower-A, which will house IT companies, will be ready for operations by this summer end. The eight storey tower was supposed to be completed by September last year, but finally would be in this summer.

            On the other hand, the officials from the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) is busy estimating the requisite funds to build the Tower-B. Tower A and B are twin towers and popularly called as Millennium Towers.

            “The tenders will be called for the Tower-B any time by May. The Tower A will be ready for operational by this summer end,” a senior APIIC official told TOI. The initial estimations for Tower-B project would be around Rs 45 crores. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu particularly took attention on the progress of the construction of the towers during an internal meeting with the IT higher officials in the presence of IT minister Nara Lokesh.

            The minister is believed to have instructed the IT department and AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) to complete Tower-A in next two months and keep it ready to handover the space to the IT firms. “Yes, the Millennium Tower A and B progress issue was brought to discussion by CM with us”, admitted a top rank official to TOI. Once the Tower-A is ready, it would first be given to Conduent, the officer added. The iconic Millennium Towers will be the new address for IT units in Visakhapatnam. “We will keep the Tower A ready by next two to three months,” JA Choudary, chief advisor, IT, said.

            “The Millennium Tower is focal point for IT and Fintech in Vizag,” Chowdaryadded.Chowdary said that the government has set a target of generating one lakh jobs from the ITsector. It would be possible only with creating ecosystem like Millennium Tower. Construction of a three cellar-parking extending 1.5 lakh square feet is still going on. The twin towers are being built with green technologies. The building is designed to resist wind velocity of over 200 kmph which had once hit the city during cyclone Hudhud. The present construction cost of the towers is Rs 90 crore. APIIC has entrusted the task of construction of Tower-A to KPC Projects.

            AP Electronics and IT Agency (APEITA), an autonomous society formed by the state government to attract investments in IT and electronics, will allot the plug and play facilities to startups, MSME investors and others mainly working in IT and financial technology. The society will take the building space for the companies.









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              To streamline city’s growth, Vuda to issue draft of development plan

              Umamaheswara Rao| TNN | Apr 26, 2018, 02:35 IST

              Visakhapatnam: The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) will soon issue the draft notification of the area development plan for Madhurawada-Anandapuram-Bheemili zone to seek comments from public.

              The private player who was entrusted with the responsibility of preparing the development plan had already submitted the final draft proposals. Vuda estimates that an area of about 230 square kilometres will be available for the developmental activities. Massive urbanisation in the last two decades has seen the city expand towards Mahdurawada, Rushikonda and further north-eastwards. The project was proposed to match up to this growth phenomenon. Considering the growth potential of the areas, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu personally mooted the project and directed Vuda to execute it. The development plan will take into account infrastructure development as well as better mobility options in the unexploited areas of Madhurawada-Anandapuram-Bheemili zone. The unexploited land will be developed under various zoning classifications such as housing, commercial, recreational, industry, transportation and mixed-use categories for the horizon year of 2031.

              Anticipating future stress points based on the proposed Bhogapuram airport in the vicinity, development of these areas is also the need of the hour. A Vuda official said the ‘area development plan’ aims to create attractive neighbourhoods where people can ‘walk to work’ and have access to public transport. “We will soon issue a notification of the draft of the area development plan,” he said.

              After submitting the ‘inception report’ and ‘existing situation assessment report’, the private player has completed the ‘revised base map rectification’ as per Vuda’s inputs. Now, the private agency has completed the draft proposals. During the recent meeting, Vuda board has asked the urban development authority to go ahead with the next phases of ADP, including issuance of a draft notification.











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                This deadly plastic menace will see the end of our #BeachLife

                Neeshita Nyayapati| TNN | Apr 24, 2018, 10:19 IST


                If you are one of those Vizagites who’s proud of our long coastline and unspoilt, pristine beaches, then this picture will surely make you squirm. That’s our beloved Rushikonda Beachat low tide! The same beach where we love to go kayaking, scuba diving, surfing and snorkelling, and basically just living the much-envied #BeachLife. When the sea rolls back though, it exposes the collective shame of our modern society — plastic pollution!

                In fact, clear sea days that used to be cherished by the Vizagites, have ironically became an eye opener for many now. “Recently, I happened to go kayaking on a day when the sea was crystal clear at Rushikonda Beach. The beauty and serenity of the sea was really memerising, but, I noticed pieces of plastic floating all over the sea. I also saw pieces of plastic stuck to the rocks near the beach. I was shocked to see the pollution on the beach. I had always thought of Vizag’s beaches as one of the less polluted ones. But, that’s going to change if we aren’t careful,” shares Jairam Naveen, a city-based photographer.

                WE SEE MORE PLASTIC THAN MARINE LIFE IN THE SEA NOW: DIVERS

                Experts lament that Lawsons Bay Beach and the RK Beach are so polluted and people are even scared of surfing at the former. “I frequently go snorkelling at Rushikonda, but of late, one doesn’t even have to take a plunge to deep waters to see the menace of plastic pollution,” says Abigail Irwin, a marine biology student. “At low tide, pieces of plastic cling to the rocks and they finally end up being eaten up by fish and animals that find them visually appealing. When an animal ingests plastic, it doesn’t get digested and ends up adversely affecting its bodily functions or, it breaks down and ends up releasing toxins into the body. We, humans will be the final victims of the menace since, it reaches us through the food chain. When plastic clogs up fishing nets, it ends up catching marine life that should not have been caught up in nets in the first place,” she elaborates, throwing light on the far-reaching consequences of plastic pollution.

                Gujjari Anil Kumar, a scuba divemaster from the city says, “I recently found a dead dolphin at Mangamaripeta Beach; it was heart-breaking to see such a beautiful creature lying lifeless. I have seen carcasses of Olive Ridley turtles at the Rushikonda Beach in the past. These deaths happen due to the presence of micro-plastics in the sea. In fact, I have seen more trash than marine life at Mangamaripeta frequently!”

                MICRO-PLASTIC IS KILLING OUR MARINE LIFE, BUT WHAT IS IT?

                Explaining how plastic turns into micro plastic, that’s detrimental to all life in our oceans, Anil says, “A majority of the plastic waste ends up in the sea. The sea tries its best to throw out the garbage, but subsequently, it breaks down into brittle pieces. The movement of the sea turns the plastic into micro plastic, which cannot be seen by the human eye.”

                From corals that live on sea beds to sea birds that swim on its surface, every living thing pays the price for our plastic menace. “Initially, it is corals which get affected due to plastic, but finally it reaches sea birds through the food chain. The population of sea birds has decreased all over the world due to this. This micro-plasic pollution is so rampant that in some countries, they have even started selling ‘micro-plastic free fish’ that is tested in labs for pollutants. We do not want to come to that stage or end up being another North Pacific Gyre,” adds Anil.

                But plastic isn’t the only woe that our water bodies face. Professor KVSR Prasad, Head, Meteorology and Oceanography Department, Andhra University, says that industrial waste and municipal sewage are the main culprits behind rise in pollution levels of city’s beaches.

                “A number of industries in Vizag dumps its waste into the sea without proper treatment,” he claims, adding, “Even the municipal sewage ends up at sea, thus affecting the lives of many species of marine life. Last year, in Parawada, a lot of fish died because of industrial pollution. But, we had instances of such pollution even six years ago.

                When the situation is so bad, dumping plastics carelessly at the beaches is bound to have enormous consequences. The micro-plastic will neither dissolve, diffuse nor settle at the bottom of the sea. Before using or dumping plastic, one must realise its grave consequences,” he says. Our mindless disposal of plastic must end, says Prasad. “The fishermen use plastic wires in their nets and discard them randomly. This leads to lot of problems, as anything discarded on the beach, ends of up in the sea, or vice-versa. Be it the crabs that live on the beaches or the Olive Ridleys that live in the sea, the eco-system is severely affected due to improper disposal of plastic waste,” rues Prasad.

                SAVING OUR SEAS, MARINE LIFE AND OUR PLANENT IS ALL IN YOUR HANDS!

                So, what’s the solution, you ask? Well, change your choices, one at a time. The next time you use a disposable plastic item — cup, plate,spoon, bag — ask yourself where will it end up going once you throw it out. The answer most often will be — the sea. “We got used to use-and-throw that we are averse to recycle or reuse. Only a miniscule amount of plastic is ever reused or recycled. Thankfully, we can see more plastic on-shore than off shore for now, but that will soon change if we are not careful,” says Anil.

                Rethink every little choice you make and reuse as much as you can, avers Abigail. “If you pay close attention to the garbage at sea, it’s usually food containers and plastic bags. If we can persuade the big supermarkets and food organisations to ban plastic and demand that they use bio-degradable materials, it could make a lot of difference. Other countries have adopted this method and it has worked out well for them,” shares Abigail, adding, “People tend to reuse jute bags; cloth or paper bags that are handed over to customers that are less likely to be thrown away. People wouldn’t throw away anything they pay extra for, plus, these bags look sturdier than plastic ones. So that’s another option. You can’t simply say we have caused so much damage already, and there is no future and do nothing about it. while we might not reverse the damage done, we can still minimise the consequences. There are people who think that it doesn’t affect them now, so why bother? But, the decisions we make today will end up affecting the future generations and that is something we must keep in mind.” What is the North Pacific Gyre?

                Estimates put the ‘North Pacific Gyre’ or the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’, discovered in 1988, from 7,00,000 square km to more than 15,000,000 sq km. The vortex of garbage accumulated here, has one of the highest levels of plastic found at sea in the world. The United Nations Ocean Conference once estimated that the oceans may end up containing more weight in plastic than marine life by the end of 2050. While the garbage patch is not visible from space, contrary to popular belief, the patch made up of micro- plastic is not even visible to the human eye. However, the patch also has visible debris that lies right under the surface of the ocean. Such garbage patches are found at many of the world’s ocean gyres.

                V Prabhakar Satyanarayana Murthy, Chief Scientist, National Institute of Oceanography, Vizag
                So far, there are no specific reports about the increasing levels of plastic in the sea at Vizag. But in the coming months, we will be conducting extensive study on the same and will even be taking sea-bed samples from Srikakulam to Visakhapatnamstretch. Along with the water study, we will do a sedimentary study, and this will tell us whether there is plastic pollution, and if yes, what’s the extent of the damage it has caused. That said, we can’t deny that there’s plastic pollution and pretend that everything is fine. The study will help us ascertain facts.









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                  To streamline Visakhapatnam's growth, Vuda to issue draft of development plan

                  The private player who was entrusted with the responsibility of preparing the development plan had already submitted the final draft proposalsUmamaheswara Rao | TNN | April 27, 2018, 14:00 IST

                  VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) will soon issue the draft notification of the area development plan for Madhurawada-Anandapuram-Bheemili zone to seek comments from public.

                  The private player who was entrusted with the responsibility of preparing the development plan had already submitted the final draft proposals. Vuda estimates that an area of about 230 square kilometres will be available for the developmental activities. Massive urbanisation in the last two decades has seen the city expand towards Mahdurawada, Rushikonda and further north-eastwards.

                  The project was proposed to match up to this growth phenomenon. Considering the growth potential of the areas, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu personally mooted the project and directed Vuda to execute it. The development plan will take into account infrastructure development as well as better mobility options in the unexploited areas of Madhurawada-Anandapuram-Bheemili zone.

                  The unexploited land will be developed under various zoning classifications such as housing, commercial, recreational, industry, transportation and mixed-use categories for the horizon year of 2031.

                  Anticipating future stress points based on the proposed Bhogapuram airport in the vicinity, development of these areas is also the need of the hour. A Vuda official said the ‘area development plan’ aims to create attractive neighbourhoods where people can ‘walk to work’ and have access to public transport. “We will soon issue a notification of the draft of the area development plan,” he said.

                  After submitting the ‘inception report’ and ‘existing situation assessment report’, the private player has completed the ‘revised base map rectification’ as per Vuda’s inputs. Now, the private agency has completed the draft proposals. During the recent meeting, Vuda board has asked the urban development authority to go ahead with the next phases of ADP, including issuance of a draft notification.











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                    Government scouts for land to construct 35,800 housing units in Visakhapatnam

                    Around 75,000 housing units were approved for the city under ‘Housing for All by 2022’ missionTNN | May 06, 2018, 11:56 IST

                    VISAKHAPATNAM: The state government is looking for land to construct 35,800 new housing units in Vizag city.

                    Around 75,000 housing units were approved for the city under ‘Housing for All by 2022’ mission.

                    The project was to be completed in three different phases. Sources said the government is keen on constructing about 25,000 housing units in the proposed 900-acre satellite township near Lankalepalem in the outskirts of Visakhapatnam.

                    The decision to advance negotiations with the assignees of the land was taken at a recent high-level meeting chaired by the principal secretary of municipal administration and urban development department, Karikal Valaven. Though the state government has preliminary identified some land in Kommadi, Dabbanda village in Anandapuram Mandal, Sowbhagya Rayapuram village in Pendurthi Mandal and so on for the construction of the housing units in the third phase, it may take more time to finalise the land parcels.

                    Works have already started on 4,120 housing units allotted to the city in the first phase at Satyanarayanapuram near Anakapalli, Aganampudi, Parawada and Rathi Cheruvu in Pendurthi Mandal. The construction works are nearing completion at many of these sites, while tenders were completed for the housing units in the second phase and foundation stones were laid recently in several zones of the city.

                    It may be noted that the land identification process has not ended for nearly 16,825 housing units under the second phase. Tata Projects bagged the second phase construction project. Lands for the second phase construction were identified at 23 places, including Yelamanchili, Gajuwaka, Padmanabham, Mahdurawada and Kondakoppaka.

                    The 75,000 housing units were allotted under two categories of the mission — beneficiary-led individual house construction (BIHC) and affordable housing in partnership (AHIP).

                    Nearly 16,000 housing units were sanctioned in two phases under the BIHC category. The state government formed Andhra Pradesh Township and Infrastructure Development Corporation (APTIDCO) for integrated township and infrastructure development and it will execute these projects under AHIP category. As part of Praja Sadhikara Survey, the housing scheme has elicited response from nearly two lakh residents of the city. However, officials estimate that there will be about 1.25 lakh eligible beneficiaries.









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                      Parties trade charges over river mishap

                      TNN | May 17, 2018, 00:41 IST
                      Political parties reacted sharply over the boat capsize in the Godavari, with the YSRC holding chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu responsible for the tragedy.

                      “There is no monitoring of boat operations in the state. Such incidents are happening regularly,” YSRC chief Jaganmohan Reddy said.

                      The YSR Congress chief also demanded the constitution of a committee to study the reasons for the boat mishaps in the Krishna and Godavari rivers.

                      BJP AP president Kanna Lakshminarayana too held the CM responsible for the incident. “Every time such an incident happens, the CM says he would not allow such incidents to recur. But they are happening again and again,” the BJP chief said.

                      Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan too expressed shock over the incident. TNN








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