16.05.2017 : District collector Pravin Kumar has urged the tourism, GVMC, Vuda and naval authorities to expedite the aircraft museum project and ensure that it is completed before inauguration on August 15. The recently decommissioned aircraft TU-142 M is being transformed into a museum on the Beach Road.
Speaking at a review meeting here on Monday, the collector urged the concerned officials to design the museum in such a manner that it is at par with international aircraft museums. However, he was informed that the Andhra University authorities are yet to hand over the proposed site on AU Grounds for the project following which he spoke to the university registrar and told him to hand over the land immediately. The project is being taken up at a cost of Rs 10 crore and will be a part of the tourism mega complex that includes the Victory at Sea Memorial, Kursura Submarine Museum, Convention Hall and Visakha Museum. (Source: The Times of India e-paper - visakhapatnam city - Dt:16.05.2017)
09.04.2017 : Navy's flagship anti-submarine Aircraft Tu-142M will be turned into a museum at beach road opposite Submarine Museum in Vizag Smart City. At a special ceremony on 08.04.2017 at INS Dega, the aircraft that served the Indian Navy for over 29 years and has flown over 30,000 hours, was given a ceremonial salute by two water cannons and was received on the tarmac by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu, Commander-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command Vice-Admiral H.C.S. Bisht and Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju among other dignitaries.
27.03.2017 : Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority - Addendum and Revised Request For Proposal - "Conversion of Decommissioned Aircraft TU -142 into a Museum and Refurbishment at Visakhapatnam" Last of date of submission of Bids: 4-04-2017 up to 17:00 Hrs - Opening of technical qualification proposals 6-04-2017 at 11:00 Hrs along with presentation and mode of operation by the Bidders - Opening of Financial Bids: 6-04-2017 at 17:00 Hrs. For more details visit www.vuda.gov.in (Source: VUDA website)
14.03.2017 : VUDA has inviting Request For Proposals (RFP) for Conversion of Decommissioned Aircraft TU -142 into a Museum and Refurbishment at Visakhapatnam. Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority intends to invite bidders for Dismantling, transporation and reassembling of the Aircraft unit TU-142. The place of Dismantling at INS Dega, Visakhapatnam. The place of assembling is at selected location at,Visakhapatnam Urban Area. Refurbishing and convert into a museum. RFP should be delivered by 28.03.2017. For more details visit www.vuda.gov.in (Source: VUDA website)
15.07.2017 : Notification : VUDA Invites Expression of Interest (EoI) proposal from reputed consultants towards Development of Modern Multi Storied Parking Complex with Top Floors for Office Space/Commercial purpose, in the land admeasuring 6540 sq yds belong to VUDA situated in S.No.85/A of waltair ward, Siripuram Junction, Visakhapatnam. Last date for submission of proposals is extended from 13-07-2017 upto 20-07-2017. (source - VUDA website vuda.gov.in - notice dt: 13.07.2017).
26.07.2017 : Govt.of Andhra Pradesh has issued a G.O. Rt No. 116 dt: 25.07.2017 for the development of International Convention Centre at Visakhapatnam City with exhibition halls, meeting halls, parking places, star hotel, retail mall etc., is on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in a site of around Ac.9.12 cents on Harbour Park Road / R.K. Beach Road in Visakhapatnam City. The LoI shall be issued by the A.P. Infrastructure Industrial Corporation to the Selected sole Bidder M/s. Lulu International Shopping Mall Private Ltd.,and subsequent timelines shall be met as per the bid documents. Let us hope that the CII summit in January, 2019, will be held in this International Convention Center. (Source: Govt.of AP website - ap.gov.in - GOs)
02.05.2017 : Notice No. INCAP/AP/Convention Centre/VSPM/04/2017 dated: 02.05.2017 (Second Call) - The last date for submission of the proposals is on or before 15:00 hrs of 11th May, 2017. (Source: incap website).
27.03.2017 : Corrigendum No. INCAP/AP/Convention Centre/VSPM/04/2017/01, dated: 24.03.2017 - Extension of Bid Due Date - Bid Due Date: 1500 hrs on 01/05/2017 (Monday) For more details and RFP Volumes visit www.incap.co.in/tenders
27.02.2017 : International Convention Center @ APIIC Ground, Harbour Park, Opp: RK Beach in Vizag Smart City. Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (INCAP) invited Request for Proposals (RFP) from reputed firms for Selection of the Developer for Development of International Convention Center under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Bid Due Date is 31.03.2017. For more details and RFP Volumes visit www.incap.co.in/tenders
28.01.2017 : Chief Minister, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu announced during the CII Partnership Summit 2017 that Govt is going to build a Mega Convention center, Hotel, Multiplexes, Shopping Complex at APIIC Ground, Harbour Park, where the CII summit is being held within 12 months and hopefully the next CII Partnership Summit or Sunrise AP Investment Meet 2018 will be held in that Convention Center.
As per the latest development, Govt handed over the responsibility to APIIC, GVMC and VUDA officials to assess the estimated cost and the officers estimated that Rs. 500 crores required for construction of International Convention Center with 3,000 seating capacity, 5 star hotel, Exhibition halls, Commercial complex. The distance from Airport to the proposed Convention center is 12 Kms and from the Railway station is 3 kms only and it is also nearer to the sea coast.
In order to promote the growth of the Hospitality sector and Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions (MICE) under tourism industry in the state, and thereby to give an impetus to the local economy, it is envisaged to develop a Convention Center in Visakhapatnam Smart City.
01.06.2017: Last date for submission of proposals is extented upto 08-06-2017, technical Bid meeting shall be informed at later date. (Source: VUDA website - vuda.gov.in)
17.05.2017: EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EoI)(Recall) - Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA invites EoI proposal from reputed Consultancy Agencies, towards "SELECTION OF ARCHITECTURAL AND LANDSCAPE CONSULTANT FOR PREPARATION OF MASTER PLAN FOR COMPREHENSIVE INTEGRATED WORLD CLASS TOURSIM MUSEUM SPACE AT BEACH ROAD, VISAKHAPATNAM, ANDHRA PRADESH". Reputed Consultancy Agencies interested in the above work and meeting the eligibility criteria may submit the application before due date 30-05-2017 by 3.00 PM. (Source: VUDA website - vuda.gov.in)
Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA invites EoI proposal from reputed Consultancy Agencies, towards "SELECTION OF ARCHITECTURAL AND LANDSCAPE CONSULTANT FOR PREPARATION OF MASTER PLAN FOR COMPREHENSIVE INTEGRATED WORLD CLASS TOURSIM MUSEUM SPACE AT BEACH ROAD, VISAKHAPATNAM, ANDHRA PRADESH". Reputed Consultancy Agencies interested in the above work and meeting the eligibility criteria may submit the application before due date 28-4-2017 by 3.00 PM. (Source: VUDA website - vuda.gov.in)
The Application form and RFP / Bid Document may be downloaded from VUDA official website vuda.gov.in - For details contact mail:email@example.com.
Broad scope of work: 1. Preparation of Master Plan, detailed designs, infrastructure plans and GFCs for an comprehensive area of beach front site opposite INS Kursura Museum Visakhapatnam. 2. Components of Master Plan a) Kursura Submarine Museum b) Obstruction free TU 142 Aircraft Museum with great views for photographing. c) War memorial d) AU Convention center e) Rajiv Smrithi Bhavan f) Visitors center (under single roof) consisting of Ticket counter with waiting place, Souvenir shops, Cafeteria, Toilets, Interpretive center with interactive visualization shows (ticketed). g) Round the year flowering plants / beautiful landscaping keeping in mind the sea front. h) 3D projection mapping (with Light & sound)- ticketed shows. i) Multi level parking (for 300 cars and 200 bikes) - consultant to correctly assess the numbers and propose. j) AC Plant and power house. k) CCTV coverage 3. Center has to be built as world class tourist attraction center
14.03.2017: VUDA invites Expression of Interest (EOI) proposals from reputed Developers / Agencies "Towards Development of Sky Tower in an area of 5 acres on the top of Kailasagiri with creations of components like amusement and recreation attractions, food court, party areas etc. The last date for submission of EOI is 28.03.2017. For more details visit VUDA website www.vuda.gov.in. (Source: VUDA website)
08.02.2017: India's tallest Iconic Sky Tower 400 feet high will be coming up atop Kailasagiri Hill in Vizag Smart City, with an estimated project cost of ₹ 85 crore. VUDA will soon enter into an agreement with the German company, HUSS Park Attractions for building the sky tower.
CEO of Huss Park Attractions, German Company, Mirko J Schulze along with his Vice President, India operations, Vibhisha Jain arrived Vizag on monday to inspect the site atop kailasagir hill and interact with the local officials for building the 400 feet high iconic sky tower. The team visited the proposed project sige at Kailasagiri and collected soil samples and suggested that a typhoon grade tower has to be constructed to withstand a wind speed of 300 kmph. The German company needed 12 months to commission the project. The promoters signed an MOU with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh during the recent CII Partnership Summit and probably this will be the first tourism project to be put on fast track for execution.
22.03.2017 - REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) for Landscape Consultant - The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) invites RFP proposal from reputed Consultancy Agencies, towards "SELECTION OF ARCHITECTURAL AND LANDSCAPE CONSULTANT FOR PREPARATION OF MASTER PLAN & UPGRADATION FOR MUDASARLOVA PARK AS INTERNATIONAL TOURIST DESTINATION IN VISAKHAPATNAM, ANDHRA PRADESH"
Reputed Consultancy Agencies interested in the above work and meeting the eligibility criteria may submit the application before due date 10-4-2017 by 3.00 PM. The Application form and RFP / Bid Document may be downloaded from VUDA official website vuda.gov.in
GVMC proposed to develop Mudasarlova Park in an area of 150 acres with an estimated cost of ₹ 30 cr. Beautiful landscapping, childrens park, gymnasium, yoga zone, golf court, jungle book tree house, musical fountain, walking, cycling tracks, water sports, conference rooms, auditorium for cultural programmers, sitout lawns are to be provided in the park.
Development of Kambalakonda Nature Park into an ideal destination for eco-tourism park. On a sprawling 7,146 hectares on National Highway 16 lies the Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary. This reserve forest is one of the major green zones in the city, complete with green hills, forests and a reservoir. DFO said that World Bank has sanctioned Rs. 1.29 for development of Kambalakonda. With the funds, we plan to build a natural trekking path, circulation tanks, jetty, desilt the check dams, repair the river crossing unit or the ropeway, get new fibre boats and life jackets, ensure essential amenities for visitors, install a chained mesh around the park to prevent escape of deer or other animals and set up streetlights and fire-fighting equipment.
Vanamahotsavam festival at Kambalakonda! In the reserve forest of Kambalakonda wildlife sanctuary around 2000 saplings planted. This reserve forest spread over 7,146 hectares no other city in India has that much of forest.
As part of the formation of city forests, part of kambalakonda wildlife sanctuary was identified for development of Maha Viskha Nagar Vanam covering an extent of 160.19 hectares. The components of Maha Visakha Nagar Vanam are formation of walking path, childrens park, watch towers, rest places, trekking path, butterfly park, theme park, environmental education centre, night safari, plantation of native and ornamental forest species.
Zoo Park, Safari Park & Sea Water Aquarium - World Bank to grant Rs. 35 cr aid to City Zoo park to take up five major projects. Safari Park in an area of 30 hectares of land opposite the Zoo and serves as an Animal Rescue Center. Sea water aquarium near Zoo park. Captive breeding of three new species, Mouse Deer, Rusty spotted Cat, Fishing Cat. Making new enclosures & Repairs and remodelling.
Safari Park in an area of 30 hectares of land opposite the Zoo and serves as an Animal Rescue Center and Sea water aquarium near Zoo park.
World Bank granted Rs. 35 cr to City Zoo park to take up five major projects.
Safari Park in an area of 30 hectares of land opposite the Zoo and serves as an Animal Rescue Center.
Sea water aquarium near Zoo park.
Captive breeding of three new species, Mouse Deer, Rusty spotted Cat, Fishing Cat.
Making new enclosures.
Repairs and remodelling.
03.09.2016 : Stone set to Vysakhi Kala Tarangini Auditorium by HRD Minister, Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Panchayat Raj Minister, Mr. Ayyanna Patrudu - VUDA is deloping the Auditorium at a cost of Rs. 32.5 crore and the construction is expected to be completed within 18 months from now. Vysakhi Kala Tarangini Auditorium will come up in an extent of 1.49 acres adjacent to Rythu Bazaar in MVP Colony. It will have 3 convention halls, mini amphi theatre, mini out door theatre and shopping arena. Facility is also being created to park about 100 cars and 200 two wheelers. (Deccan Chronicle e-paper article published on September 3, 2016).
Ravindra Bharati-like cultural complex to be built by VUDA on 1.6-acre site in MVP Colony beside Rythu Bazaar with a seating capacity of 1500 seats. HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said a landmark auditorium with a cost of Rs.30 crore would come up at MVP Colony, making the city a cultural hub.
Development of Beaches from Bheemili to Revupolvaram in Vizag Smart City. AP Tourism should develop beaches at Bheemili, Mangamaripeta, Thotlakonda, Rushikonda, Saagar Nagar, RK Beach, Yarada, Gangavaram, Muthyalammapalem, Appikonda, Tantadi, Pudimadaka and Revupolavaram.
They should provide facilities like Water Sports, Beach volley ball, Beach Kabaddi, Para Sailing, Amusement Parks, Beach Shacks, Beach side Chairs, Cottages, Restaurants, Toilets etc. Casinos and Beer Parlours in some of these beaches to attract more tourists to the Vizag Smart City.
Casinos and Beach Beer Parlours in some of the above beaches to attract more tourists to the Vizag Smart City.
Also small luxury ship tourism should be introduced from Bheemili to RK Beach, RK Beach to Pudimadaka / Revupolavaram. The operators of these small luxury ships should provide restaurant, drinks, music, games etc in the Ship.
For Sea Tourism, Passenger Jetties to be constructed at Fishing Harbour/Coastal Battery, Bheemili, Yarada, Revupolavaram to operate Small Luxury Ships / Cruise Ships. Vizag Port Trust has a proposal to construct the Cruise Terminal at Bhimili at an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore.
For development of Sea Tourism, Small luxury Ships to be introduced. These luxury ships to be operated from Fishing Harbour / Bheemili Jetty, which will run between Bheemili - Fishing Harbour - Yarada. The operators of these small luxury ships should provide restaurant, drinks, music, games etc in the Ship.
Small Cruise ships can be introduced to places like Kakinada Hope Island, Kalingapatnam beach, tourists can leave in the morning and return by evening spending time on the high seas. This will give tourists the experience of going on a cruise.
Cruise liners will be operated between Vizag to Andaman, Lakshadweep, Srilanka & Singapore.
11.02.2017: Cruise Tourism in Vizag Smart City, the Tourism Hub of Sunrise State of Andhra Pradesh. AP Tourism should introduce small luxury ships to attract more tourists to the Vizag.
Vizag Port Trust should construct a passenger jetty at Fishing Harbour / Coastal Battery to facilitate the operation of small luxury ships. AP Tourism should introduce Small luxury Ships and these luxury ships to be operated from Fishing Harbour/Coastal Battery and Bheemili Jetty, which will run between Bheemili to Yarada. The operators of these small luxury ships should provide restaurant, drinks, music, games etc in the Ship. This will give tourists the experience of going on a cruise.
For Sea Tourism, Passenger Jetties to be constructed at Fishing Harbour/Coastal Battery, Bheemili, Yarada, Revupolavaram to operate Small Luxury Ships / Cruise Ships. Vizag Port Trust has a proposal to construct the Cruise Terminal at Bhimili at an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore.
25.08.2016 : MoU signed for heli-tourism - Chopper services to be operated from Dasara - Paving the way for starting of helicopter tourism from Dasara, VUDA and Sky Choppers Logistics Private Limited signed an MoU here on Wednesday in the presence of HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao. The HRD Minister said the agency would be allotted 1.95 acres of land on lease for construction of helipad and three rooms at VUDA Park to operate the services in lieu of payment of Rs.50,000 a month to VUDA. VUDA secretary A. Srinivas and Chandrasekhar of the agency signed the MoU. Two packages - one covering Kailasagiri to Bhimunipatnam and second covering Agency areas of Araku and Lammasingi would be offered. The fare and modalities will be worked out by VUDA and the agency. The passengers will have an insurance cover of Rs.10 lakh.
Sky Choppers Logistics Private Limited has entered into an MOU with Govt. of Andhra Pradesh for providing Heli-Tourism services in Vizag Smart City. First phase, they operate from Vuda Park to Kailasagiri and to Araku Valley, it will take 5 minutes from VUDA park to Kailasagiri and 20 minutes from VUDA Park to Araku valley, maximum seating capacity is 5 passengers.
According to Mr. Chandrasekhar, Business Development Director, Sky Choppers, Heli-Tourism in the city will be inaugurated soon.
Vizag Smart City's Tourism get boost with Rs. 2,000 cr investment. Heli-tourism, would be grounded immediately as it required little infrastructure. Helicopters either based at VUDA Park would carry the tourists to Kailasagiri and Araku Valley and give them an aerial view of some of the important tourist spots in the district.
Vizag Smart City's Tourism get boost with Rs. 2,000 cr investment. Sea Plane Tourism project is seaplanes which would also carry tourists into the skies and land them on water bodies. The project is expected to generate lot of enthusiasm among tourists. The developer assured Chief Minister at the Summit that he would complete construction of jetties at Bhimili and Kakinada within three months.
18.04.2017 : State tourism officials have officially zeroed in on Bheemili beach for setting up the INS Viraat museum. The request for proposal (RfP) for preparation of the detailed project report (DPR) was floated on Monday revealed the detailed cost estimates for refurbishment and conversion of INS Viraat into a major tourist destination at the proposed berthing site near Bheemili beach. AP tourism executive director R Sreeramulu Naidu told TOI that they preliminary identified three sites including Bheemili, Rushikonda and the beach front opposite Indira Gandhi Zoological Park in the city. However, after studying the three areas, they finalised Bheemili. Vast government land meant for tourism projects is available at Bheemili. Besides a jetty is also coming up under the Union shipping ministry's Sagaramala project. The jetty will be an added advantage for tourism. "We will finalise suitable agency for preparing the DPR in the next one week. We hope the DPR will be prepared in the next one or two months. The pre-bidding meeting will be held in the city on April 22. Once the DPR is prepared, we will approach the Union ministries for sending INS Viraat to the state," Sriramulu Naidu said. (Source: Times of India e-paper visakhapatnam edition dt: 18.04.2017)
12.04.2017 : INS Viraat: AP govt still eyeing tourism project - With the defence ministry and tourism ministry planning to convert the decommissioned INS Viraat into a tourism project anywhere in the country, the AP government is leaving no stone unturned to acquire the project. The tourism ministry is to convene a secretary-level meeting in New Delhi on April 13 with representatives of the states willing to take up the project. The state government has decided to send its tourism secretary to the meeting and explain the state's plans if it gets the decommissioned vessel. Speaking to TOI, AP tourism principal secretary N Srikanth said, "We are going to attend the meeting at New Delhi and explain our views and plans to convert INS Viraat into a tourism attraction through a power point presentation." Sources said representatives of other states like Goa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Gujarat will also participate in the secretary-level meeting. (Source: Times of India e-paper visakhapatnam edition dt: 11.04.2017)
01.12.2016 : IIT team to conduct EIA studies. It will suggest location of the ship on the coast in the city. A decision has been taken to rope in the services of a team of experts from IIT Madras to get an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) done for stationing of the INS Viraat on the Visakhapatnam coast, according to District Collector Pravin Kumar. The Collector held a review meeting with the stakeholders on the stationing of INS Viraat here on Wednesday. VUDA Vice Chairman T. Baburao Naidu, GVMC Commissioner N. Harinarayanan, representatives of the Indian Navy, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Visakhapatnam Port, Department of Meteorology and Oceanography of Andhra University and KPMG consultants participated in the meeting. Mr. Pravin Kumar said that once the location was finalised, further measures could be taken for the early completion of the project.
18.09.2016 : INS Viraat likely to be in Vizag by early or middle 2017 - The aircraft carrier is to be decommissioned by this year-end.The iconic aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, is likely to be brought to the city by early or middle of the next year, Vice-Admiral H.C.S. Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command, said.
23.02.2016 : The Department of Tourism has begun the ground work to bring INS Viraat, the aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy, to Visakhapatnam as a tourist attraction. It is learnt that CRISIL, the AP Government, and the Navy are working on a feasibility report on the tourism project. The 24,000-tonne worlds oldest aircraft carrier is all set to be decommissioned in June this year, and it is likely to be handed to the Andhra Pradesh Government at a price of Re. 1 for converting it into a 500-room luxury hotel.
Proposal is being made to convert INS VIRAAT War Ship, which will be decommissioned very soon, into a Hotel, Museum on Vizag Smart City Sea Coast near Tenneti park beach / Jodugullapalem beach / Lawsons bay beach.
Modern Hotel with 500 rooms and also conference rooms. Also Govt of AP proposes Helicopter riding, Para sailing on INS Viraat onboard. To bring this Warship from the sea to the Coast is very difficult and expensive, therefore, Govt has appointed Crisil to estimate the total expenditure to be incurred for this activity. If everything is going well, this will be materialised within a period of 6 months.
01.03.2017: The long-pending project of widening the Anakapalli-Anandapuram road is likely to commence in July this year with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) speeding up the land acquisition process. The existing double road will have certain portions developed into four-lane stretches while some portions will be developed into six-lane stretches to ease traffic woes faced by the people. Apart from the 50.6 km Anandapuram-Anakapalli highway, the NHAI has also taken up the widening project of the 13.6 km Sabbavaram-Sheelanagar port connectivity highway. Both the projects would cost Rs 3,000 crore including Rs 700 crore for land acquisition, sources said.
Once the road is widened, vehicles plying from Srikakulam to Rajahmundry can be diverted at Anandapuram to reach Anakapalli without passing through the city. Likewise, vehicles from Rajahmundry can be diverted from Anakapali to Anandapuram where the original Chennai-Kolkata highway connects. (Times of India e-paper - visakhapatnam city - dt:01.03.2017)
31.10.2016: Bids have been invited for Anandapuram-Ankapalle highway that has been on the cards for a long time now. The National Highways Authority of India has called for the bids on October 17 and December 1 is the last date for receipt. The Anakapalle-Sabbavaram-Pendurti road will be a six-lane road and the Sheelanagar-Sabbavaram four-lane is also a part of it. The two roads together come to a total of 63.48 km and the estimated cost is Rs.2,393 crore, according to NHAI officials.
21.10.2016 : Minister for Transport, Roads and Buildings Mr. Sidda Raghava Rao said that bids were invited for the Anandapuram-Anakapalle highway of 65 km, while inaugurating a seminar on “Urban Transport Corridors” here on Friday, he also said a smart city needed a transport system that was easy, convenient, accessible with low carbon footprint.
The Anandapuram-Anakapalli state highway will be converted into a six-lane national highway bypass from Anandapuram to Anakapalli via Sabbavaram at an estimated cost of Rs. 1000 crore, for which a detailed project report (DPR) will be prepared. The 48-km stretch will be able to divert the traffic from the congested City NH-16 road.
Completion of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Anandapuram - Anakapalli Six Lane National Highway and call for tenders.
The Anandapuram-Anakapalli state highway will be converted into a six-lane national highway at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore, for which a detailed project report (DPR) will be prepared. The 48-km stretch will be able to divert the traffic from the congested NH-16 from Anandapuram to Anakapalli via Sabbavaram.
23.08.2016 : Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Mr. Nitin Gadkari said that the demand of port to link proposed Anandapuram to Anakapally 6 lane NH-16 by pass road to Port Connectivity Road at Sheelanagar from Sabbavaram would be considered at an estimated cost of Rs.500 crore.
25.05.2016 : Vizag Port Trust Chairman Mr. Krishna Babu said that Heavy Flyover is to be constructed in Vizag Smart City under Sagarmala Project. Central Govt has agreed in principle for this project and the Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be ready by next month end. Sheelanagar to Sabbavaram, 13 kms, with a cost of Rs. 500 crores, which is to be linked with the proposed Anandapuram to Anakapally 6 lane National Highway (NH-16) bypass road.
16.06.2017: Breaking News on Visakhapatnam Metro Rail Project. Govt.of Andhra Pradesh has issued a Notification vide G.O.Ms.No. 231 Dt: 16.06.2017 specifying the following areas, covered by the GVMC, Visakhapatnam and its contiguous areas to be the Metropolitan area of Visakhapatnam for construction of Metro Rail Project. (Source: AP Govt website ap.gov.in)
20.05.2017: Visakhapatnam Metro Rail Project is progressing at a snails pace. The detailed project report on the three Metro corridors, with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation as consultants, was prepared and submitted to the State government in August 2015 and approved by the AP State Cabinet during Nov, 2015. It is still under appraisal of the Union government.
20.12.2016: VUDA may take auction route to raise funds. Urban Development Authority told to bear 13 p.c of the project cost. With the State government making VUDA responsible for raising part of the resources required for the ambitious Metro rail project, the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority may go in for auction of land to raise funds. The Metro Rail project for which various studies have been completed is estimated to cost Rs. 13,000 crore for about 45 km stretch. While part of the funds comes from the government, a major chunk is to be borne by the agency selected with Vizag Metro proposed under the Public Private Partnership model. Detailed project report - The detailed project report on the three Metro corridors, withthe Delhi Metro Rail Corporation as consultants, was prepared and submitted to the State government in August 2015 and approved by the State Cabinet. It is now under appraisal of the Union government.
21.10.2016: Urban Mass Transit Co.Ltd (UMTCL) is appointed as a Consultant for VIZAG METRO RAIL PROJECT for preparation of Comprehensive Mobility Plan, with a consultancy charges of Rs. 50 lakhs. Urban and Municipal Administration Chief Secretary, Mr. Karikala Valavan has been issued orders in this regard.
12.08.2016: Rs. 13,488-cr. Vizag Metro to be unique PPP - Schedule Bidding for EOI: In two months, Selecting developer: 6 to 8 months, Civil works and rolling stock: In 30 months, Completion of project: 3 to 4 years The proposed Visakhapatnam Metro Rail Project will be a unique one in the Public Private Partnership (PPP). The idea is to make the project more sustainable for the developer and affordable for the public, according to Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) MD NP. Ramakrishna Reddy. "The State government will be contributing to 20 per cent of the Rs.13,488 crore in the form of government land which is abundantly available in Visakhapatnam. Another 20 per cent of the cost will come from the Central government. The rest of the burden will be borne by the private developer," Mr. Ramakrishna Reddy told The Hindu .
28.07.2016: Central & State Governments have decided to construct the Vizag Metro Rail Project under PPP basis. Hopefully, the first phase corridor from Kommadi to Gajuwaka should alteast commence by early next year. Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation MD, Mr. Ramakrishna Reddy, who is also looking after the Vizag Metro Rail project works, visited the Metro Rail project corridors in the City along with the officials of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, also met the District Collector, Mr. Pravin Kumar regarding land acquisition for metro project. Revised project cost is Rs. 13,488 crores, out of this 20% sanctioned by Central Govt as grant, 20% state government's share and the balance 60% from private companies.
State Govt.of Andhra Pradesh had submitted the Detailed Project Rerport (DPR) for Vizag Metro Rail Project prepared by DMRC, to the Union Govt. The Union Cabinet has to approve the project and also to be decided which organisation would be funding the project.
State Govt.of AP has sent a proposal to the Central Govt for their approval to obtain a loan of Rs. 6,371 crores from Japan International Cooperative Agency (JICA) and also Union Urban Development Ministry's approval for the Metro Project and form a special purpose vehicle to start the Metro Work.
Total estimated cost of the Vizag Metro Rail Project is Rs. 13,488 crores.Total Corridors - 3. Total Kms - 42.55
Metro Rail Project get Govt.of AP's Cabinet Nod on 16.11.2015.
Vizag Smart City Metro Rail Project gets Govt. of Andhra Pradesh Cabinet nod. The project works, which will be started in the early 2016, are expected to be completed the first phase (Madhurawada to Gajuwaka corridor) by end Dec,2018 and the remaining two corridors (Thatichetlapalem to Old Post Office via Railway Station, Gurudwara to Park Hotel) by end 2020.
According to sources, it would take atleast another 3-4 months for the DPR to get the Union Urban Development Ministry's nod and form a special purpose vehicle to entrust the responsibility of Metro Work.
Detailed Project Report (DPR) submitted by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for Metro Rail Project on 12.09.2015.
Metro Rail Detailed Project Report (DPR) submitted by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Chief Mr. Sreedharan to the Chief Minister, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu on 12.09.2015 and the Chief Minister accepted the DPR as it is and announced that the project will be constructed by DMRC. 49% of the funds will be arranged by Central & State Govts and the balance 51% funds will be sourced as loan from International organisations.
Proposal for Govt. Dental College in Vizag Smart City is pending since long time. Proposal has been made to Medical Council of India (MCI) to set up Govt. Dental College, which will be affiliated to Andhra Medical College, to start with 100 seats. A report has been sent to the State Govt.of Andhra Pradesh regarding infrastructure required for setting up the Dental College.
28.09.2016 - International Schoool - Though the proposal was mooted and the bidding process completed a year ago by Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh, the final clearance came in the cabinet meeting held on Thursday(22.09.2016). This will be the first school in Andhra Pradesh to introduce International Baccalaureate (IB) syllabus.
17.03.2016 - Consortium of Anglo Schools (UK) and Nova-Priyadarshini group of institutions formed. International School strength would be around 2000. The Curriculum would be a mix of both Indian and UK school syllabi. Reliance Developers will construct the building. Efforts are on to start operations from the 2018-19 academic year.
Request for Proposal notification for selection of developer for an International School. Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (INCAP) invited Request for Proposal (RFP) for selection of the developer for an International School at Adavivaram, Simhachalam in Vizag Smart City on PPP basis (International Competitive Bidding) - 15 acres of land has been identified and the cost of the project is INR 93.4 crores and the school is expected to cater to 2000 students including 500 residential students.
03.06.2017 : At last some progress in construction of IT Tower jointly by VUDA and STPI @ Siripuram in Vizag Smart City with 3 basements and 8 floors. VUDA officials said that the project will be completed in a period 18 months. Project cost ; Rs. 62.7 crores, No of IT units: 40-50 approx. Employment generation to 5000 people approx., exports target Rs. 200 crores. MP, Mr. Haribabu handed over a letter to STPI three days back stating that CPWD to undertake the construction work of Tower instead of VUDA and the amount spent by VUDA till now on this project will be considered as an investment by VUDA. (Source: Andhra Jyothi e-paper Vizag City edition date: 03.06.2017)
21.01.2017 : No progress on construction of IT Tower at Siripuram Junction jointly by Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) and the Software Technology Park of India (STPI) even after MOU signed on 18.02.2016 in the presence of Union IT, Electronics and Communications Minister, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Chief Minister, Mr. Chandrabau Naidu and Union Urban Development Minister Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu. Apart from VUDA, Vizag MP, Dr. K. Haribabu & HRD Minister, Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao should take initiative to get the approval from the Central Government to commence the construction work of IT incubation center at the earliest. The IT incubation centre, is projected to provide jobs to 2,500 and achieve IT exports of Rs. 300 crore. Roughly, 50 small IT units may come up in the centre.
In the presence of the Union IT, Electronics and Communications Minister, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Chief Minister, Mr. Chandrabau Naidu and Union Urban Development Minister Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu, a memorandum of understanding was signed on 18.02.2016 for setting up an IT incubation centre at Siripuram Junction in Vizag Smart City jointly by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) and the Software Technology Park of India (STPI) at a total cost of Rs. 62.70 crore. The VUDA would provide the land valued at Rs. 16.7 crore free of cost and the STPI would bear the rest of the cost (Rs 46 crores). The IT incubation centre, expected to be ready by April 2018, is projected to provide jobs to 2,500 and achieve IT exports of Rs. 300 crore. Roughly, 50 small IT units may come up in the centre.
Preliminary work to be commenced for construction of Tallest IT tower consists of 10 to 12 floors in an area of 1.2 acres at Siripuram between VUDA and HSBC, the joint venture project of Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority and Software Technology Parks of India (Ministry of Information Technology). This huge tower in the heart of the city to provide more space to the IT entrepreneurs and startups. This tower is first of its kind domain-specific incubation and innovation center on marine, power and petroleum to encourage small and medium IT players and Startups.
VUDA bids for IT Tower project - 12 Storied Building - Incubation and Innovation centre with plug and play facilities. VUDA had come forward offering its one acre land adjacent to its near Siripuram (beside HSBC) where around 1.25 lakh sft space building is planned. An MOU in this regard will be signed between VUDA and STPI after the consultant submit its report.After the techno feasibility report is submitted, the consultant will finalise the design and modalities of the incubation centre. Sources in State IT department pointed out that it will be a 12 storied building. The Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) is planning to develop an ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) incubation centre with the assistance of the central government in the Port City.
Bid due date is over on 07.12.2015 for submission of Request for Proposal (RFP), after that no news from APIIC regarding finalization of developer.
Government has to speed up the bidding process for construction of Iconic Building - Signature Tower at Madhurawada IT SEZ, which is very important for development of IT in Visakhapatnam and the foundation stone to be laid.
Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (INCAP) invited Request for Proposal (RFP) for development of Signature Tower at Madhurawada in Vizag Smart City on Public - Private Partnership (PPP) basis.
03.03.2016 : Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) in Vizag Smart City. Once ITIR is sanctioned, the development of the city as a prominent IT hub would have got shot in the arm with pumping in of Rs.5,000 crore to create the required ecosystem. As the Ministry of IT and Communications will revise its policy, the DPR submitted by Ernst & Young couple of years ago may become redundant now. The State government is likely to be forced to submit a fresh proposal for sanction of IT Investment Region in Visakhapatnam with the Centre deciding to have a re-look at the ITIR policy.
The State Government has submitted the proposal to the Centre after Ernst and Young conducted a detailed project report. ITIR in Visakhapatnam is envisaged in 40.4 sq. km with an estimated investment of Rs.50,000 crore to Rs.60,000 crore in phases to create direct jobs to nine lakh persons. Startups, hardware manufacturing and software development with social infrastructure.
The proposed IT Tower is at the Visakhapatnam Special Economic Zone (VSEZ) premises in Duvvada. Union minister for commerce and industry Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman laid the foundation stone for the tower in August, 2014, which is expected to cost around Rs 40 crore.
The IT tower was to come up over 2.5 acres with a plinth area of 1.09 lakh sft with plug and play facilities for IT firms along with two floors set aside exclusively for data recovery centres.
03.07.2016 : Site finalised for Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) in Vizag Smart City - APIIC has finalised its location at Gurammapalem near Pendurthy and AP Pollution Control Board has also cleared it.An estimated Rs. 300 crore will be spent on creating internal roads, other amenities and infrastructure will be spent. Part of it will be granted by DeitY. In another development, instead of 98 acres, an additional area of 30 acres is likely to be allotted to seek investments in high-end IT products and services.
Land identified at Gurrampalem near Pendurthi in the city for development of EHMC.
We need to get clarification as to who will fund the infrastructure development for the EHMC. As soon as the clearance is issued from the government, we will take up the development of the cluster by providing roads, power, water and other necessary infrastructure, said an APIIC official.The in-principle clearance was received a month ago. We have to prepare the final project report and send it to the central government. Once we get the final clearances, we will divide the clusters into plots and offer it to different electronic companies, a senior IT department official said, adding, A couple of companies have shown interest in the cluster, but it may increase as and when the cluster is formally announced. An IT department official said, We can invite the companies to come and set up shop only after the central government declares the cluster. As and when the central government approves the cluster, it will also provide large funding for development of infrastructure for the EHMC.
APIIC invites Request for Proposal (RFP) for Selection of Consultant for preparation of Detailed Project Report for the proposed Greenfield Electronic Hardware Manufacturing Cluster (EHMC) at Gurrampalem near Pendurthy in Vizag Smart City. The due date for submitting the proposal is over on 15.02.2016.
17.10.2016 : VUDA Vice Chairman, Mr. Baburao Naidu said that Govt has decided to construct Integrated Sports Complex only at Gandigundam. Primarily four designs prepared by VUDA for the sports complex are under consideration and they will finalize one design out of them and start construction. Estimated cost of the project is Rs. 400 cr, with a seating capacity of 50000 people and also the stadium will be constructed to facilitate playing 32 types sports.
05.06.2016 : HRD Minister, Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao said Four consultants had submitted designs. The Chief Minister had been apprised of it. The built-up area ranged from 11 lakh sft to 25 lakh sft (with hotel and other amenities). The estimated cost ranged from Rs.210 crore to Rs.483 crore.
21.04.2016 : Multi Sports Complex at Gandigundam in Vizag Smart City. A meeting with architects on the design of the Multi Sports Complex proposed at Gandigundam was held on The stadium coming up over 79 acres will have facilities for 32 Sports. Chief Minister, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu proposed the stadium with the object of hosting the 2018 National Games. VUDA, Vice Chairman, Mr. Baburao Naidu asked the architects to submit the designs by May 14. The designs should include facilities for coaching, ample green cover and multi-level and underground parking.
Construction of Integrated Sports Complex at Gandigundam in an area of 79 acres.
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