Smart City

Visakhapatnam is being developed as a Smart City by Government of India under 100 Smart Cities Project with the help of State Government of Andhra Pradesh.

About Visakhapatnam

City Visakhapatnam
District Visakhapatnam
State Andhra Pradesh
Country India
Population Approximately 25 lakhs
State Government Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ruling in the State of Andhra Pradesh.
Central Government Bharateeya Janata Party (BJP) is ruling at the Center.
Area 682
Civic Body Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) consisting of 72 municipal wards.
Urban Body Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA).
Electricity Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Co.Ltd. (APEPDCL)
Literacy Rate 82%
Currency Indian Rupee - sign: ₹ code: INR
Time Zone Indian Standard Time (UTC + 5:30)
STD Code / ISD Code 0891 / 0091 or +91
Religion 90% of the population are Hindus, remaining Muslims, Christians, Jains, Sikhs.
Language Telugu is the official language. Hindi is also popular language, English is also spoken widely among the people.
Climate Summer - temperature vary from 30 to 40 degress C - Winter 18 to 28 degress C

Visakhapatnam is a very peaceful & cosmopolitan city. People from different parts of India and various religions of Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, are living together happily. It is a symbol of communal harmony. An ancient Temple, Church and a Masjid built on the same hill in the port area. Visakhapatnam is located on the eastern shore of India, nestled amongst the hills of Eastern Ghats and facing the Bay of Bengal to the East. It is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam District. Visakhapatnam is the largest city, commercial hub and a financial capital of Andhra Pradesh. The city is known for Heavy Industries, Steel Plant, Seaports, Natural Harbour and Shipyard. Visakhapatnam Sea Port is one of the largest seaports in India. The city is the headquarters to Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.

Visakhapatnam is India's 23rd Cleanest City as per Swachh Survekshan Survey 2019.

Smart City Projects

Integrated Command and Communication Centre at GVMC office (City Operations Center)

CM, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the Integrated Command and Communication Centre (ICCC) at GVMC office premises on 26.02.2018. Smart city initiatives should also include integration of data and convergence adopting best practices, CM said.

Interacting with officials after inaugurating the City Operations Centre of Integrated Command and Communication Centre on Monday, he said the real time governance practices should be integrated with those of RTG at the State-level.

He asked officials to study the difference between smart poles and the other poles being used for surveillance cameras and use the best poles in a uniform manner so that they add to the elegance of the city. On the top of poles, possibility of having LED lights or towers could be considered. Internet of Things (IoT) could come in the second line. When Municipal Commissioner M. Hari Naryanan said street-lighting topped the list of grievances, the Chief Minister asked him to share the data with service providers to improve the state of affairs.

Mr. Hari Narayanan made a presentation on features of the Operations Centre including monitoring of various services, RIFD tagging for solid waste management, smart bins and intelligent transport system that include a surveillance camera and panic button and standard operating procedures for various incidents.

Centralised Command Control Center at Police Commissioner's office (CCC).

Centralised Command Control Center (CCC) at the Police Commissionerate houses a video wall that has 12 monitors, 50 inch LED each, that are integrated with high definition pan tilt zoom cameras approximately 2100 CCTVs mounted at various signal points in the city .

Park for Children with All Abilities

Park for Children with All Abilities built by Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation Limited under Smart City Mission on the beach road. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu on 23.08.2018 inaugurated the park that has facilities for the differently abled, which was constructed at the cost of Rs. 3.5 crore.

Smart Poles

GVMC Commissioner, Mr. Hari Narayanan said that 50 Smart Multi Utility Poles will come up across the smart city under the Smart City project. Already installed in some places.

Features of the Smart Poles.
1. Telecom Antennna
2. LED Lights - For an energy efficient city
3. Public Wi-Fi - For a digitised city
4. Surveillance Cameras - For a secure city
5. Public Address System - For a connected city
6. Environmental Sensor - For a healthy city
7. Emergency call box - For a safe city

2MW Floating Solar Power Plant

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday (23.08.2018) inaugurated 2 MW Floating Solar Power Plant built on Mudasarlova reservoir in an area of 20 acres with a cost of Rs. 11.34 crore.

Solar Power Street lights from Coastal Battery Junction to Kurupam Circle on the Beach Road.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday (23.08.2018) inaugurated Solar Street lights for 4.5 kms from Coastal Battery Junction to Kurupam Circle on the Vizag Bheemili Beach Road.

Underground Power Cable Project by APEPDCL with the aid of World Bank - Work in Progress

Underground Power Cable Project works are being carried out at Siripuram Harbour Park, Beach Road, Novotel hotel road, Waltair Main road, Pandimetta, Pandurangapuram, Kirlampudi layout, Eastpoint colony, Lawsonsbay colony, Jagadamba junction and Dabagardens in Visakhapatnam Smart City area.

Multi Level Car Parking Facility - Under Construction

Visakhapatnam Smart City's first Multi Level Car Parking Facility work begins near Jagadamba Junction, a project by Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation Limited under Smart City Mission, project cost is Rs. 9.70 crore, 5 floors to accommodate parking of 100 cars.

Indoor Sports Arena - Under Construction

Indoor Sports Arena construction work is going on at MVPcolony beside A.S.Raja college ground, a project by Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation Limited (GVSCCL) under Smart City Mission, project cost is Rs. 19.89 crore.

Smart City News

Implementation of Smart City projects under way. Rs. 1602 crore will be spent in five years: Hari Narayanan. Smart City projects will be implemented over a period of five years with an outlay of Rs. 1602 crore and the government has so far released Rs. 394 crore, Municipal Commissioner M Hari Narayanan has said. In his address after unfurling the tricolour at GVMC, he said 24X7 water supply, sewage treatment, smart streets, greens space development, underground electric cabling, prevention of erosion, development of the Beach Road and housing for all were the components.

Smart City projects launched. Marking one year of announcement of Smart Cities Mission by Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, GVMC launched a few projects on June 25, 2016.

Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed for Vizag Smart City for implementing the Smart City Mission, in the name of GREATER VISAKHAPATNAM SMART CITY CORPORATION LIMITED (GVSCCL), a Limited Company incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013 - Date of Incorporation 11.03.2016.

First Phase - Development of an area of 1,700 acres along the Beach Road from Coastal Battery to Kurupam Jn and from Kurupam Jn to Jagadamba Jn (Pedawaltair Main Road, University Main Road, Waltair Main Road) and from Jagadamba Jn (KGH Road, Collector Office Jn) to Coastal Battery. Funding Options - For the first phase budget of around Rs. 2,000 crore, funds will come in from the Centre (Rs. 500 crore); the State government (Rs.500 crore); convergence of schemes (Rs. 800 crore); and from the private sector under PPP projects (Rs. 200 crore). Development of an area of 1700 acres in 5 years with a Budget of around ₹ 2000 crore. funds will come in from the Centre (Rs. 500 crore); the State government (Rs.500 crore); convergence of schemes (Rs. 800 crore); and from the private sector under PPP projects (Rs. 200 crore).

Smart City Aim

The aim of the Mission Smart City is to efficiently utilise the available Assets, Resources and Infrastructure to enhance the quality of Urban Life and provide a clean and sustainable environment for living and the main focus will be on core infrastructure services like adequate clean Water supply, Power supply, Sanitation, Disaster Management, Solid waste management, Waste water treatment, Efficient urban mobility and Public Transportation, Public Healthcare system, Education, Affordable Housing, robust IT connectivity, e-governance, Safety, Social security. Smart City needs Smart Citizens too, Smart City needs to be Safe City as well for citizens live a smooth life.

Smart City

Developing Visakhapatnam as a Smart City by Government of India under 100 Smart Cities Project with the help of Government of Andhra Pradesh.

The aim of the Mission Smart City is to efficiently utilise the available Assets, Resources and Infrastructure to enhance the quality of Urban Life and provide a clean and sustainable environment for living and the main focus will be on core infrastructure services like adequate clean Water supply, Power supply, Sanitation, Disaster Management, Solid waste management, Waste water treatment, Efficient urban mobility and Public Transportation, Public Healthcare system, Education, Affordable Housing, robust IT connectivity, e-governance, Safety, Social security. Smart City needs Smart Citizens too, Smart City needs to be Safe City as well for citizens live a smooth life.

1.   24/7 Water supply

2.   24/7 Power supply

3.   Solar power

4.   Underground Drainage & Sanitation

5.   Greenary & Cleanliness

6.   Affordable Housing especially for the poor - slums free

7.   Underground LPG pipelines

8.   Underground electricity cables

9.   Pollution free environment

10.  Prevention / Solution for Beach erosion

11.  Solid waste management

12.  E-Waste treatment

13.  Waste water treatment

14.  Disaster Management

15.  Law & Order

16.  Cyber Security

17.  Safety & Security of Citizens

18.  Judiciary

19.  Robust IT connectivity and Digitalisation - Wifi / OFNC

20.  e-governance and Citizen participation

21.  Urban mobility and Public Transport

22.   Health

23.   Education

24.  Social & Food Security

25.  Playgrounds & Parks

26.  Cycling Tracks

27.   Multilevel Parking

28.  Footpaths for pedestrians

29.   Footover Bridges

30.   Subways for Pedestrians

31.  Repairs/laying new roads and provide LED street lighting

32.   Signage

33.  Widening the roads

Smart City Mission

24/7 Water supply

Contractor finalised for GVMC’s 24x7 drinking water supply project. The state government has directed the GVMC to issue a letter of acceptance to it. The Asian Development Bank will provide about Rs 350 crore for the capital works of the project as part of the Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor. The proposals of the project include 24x7 water supply in the north-west area of the central town, reducing the extent of non-revenue water (NRW) and fixing tamper-proof water meters. The GVMC has proposed another 24x7 water project in the area-based development (ABD), part of the Visakhapatnam Smart City project.

Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is supplying drinking water for residences in the city consisting of 72 municipal wards and also to the industries through Town Service Reservoir (TSR). GVMC has to supply water 24x7 to the entire city in phases, 100% household with direct water supply connections, metering of water connections and billing as per meter reading. Supply of water @ 150 litres of per capita per day (LPCD) for a population of 25 lakhs people approximately, 100 million gallons per day (MGD) required per day for residential use apart from this for industrial use also another 10 MGD is required. At present, GVMC Town Service Reservoir is getting water from the reservoirs of Raiwada, Thatipudi, Gostani, Mudasarlova, Meghadrigedda,YLMC and also from Yeleru canal.

To achieve the supply of water 24/7, Polavaram Left Main canal is the best solution. The Bachawat Tribunal has allocated 23.44 tmc feet of water to the Polavaram LMC which could be used to meet the industrial needs and also drinking water needs of the city.

24x7, metered water supply based on preventing wastage, improving infrastructure, and installing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).

24/7 Power supply

Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) is responsible for undertaking distribution and supply of power in Visakhapatnam City. APEPDCL supplies power to different categories of consumers with their substations, transformers & feeders. APEPDCL corporate office and head office situated at Visahapatnam City.

Sources of power : Simhadri Super Thermal Power Plant - 1000 MW capacity - Units 1 & 2 & Vizag Thermal Power Plant (Hinduja Power Plant) 1040 MW capacity for supply of power to Coastal & North Coastal Districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Underground Electrical Cable Project

10.10.2017 : CM Nara Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation for the underground electric cabling project at the Pandurangapuram 33/kv substation in Vishakhapatnam on 09.10.2017. Underground cabling of 675 kms and construction of gas insulated substations has been planned exclusively for Vishakhapatnam at an estimated cost of Rs. 720 crore with the support of the World Bank with the aim to protect infrastructure from natural calamities. The period of execution woube be 18 months. First phase Underground Elecric Cable works will take place in MVP Colony, Sivajipark, Pedawaltair, Siripuram, Pandurangapuram, KGH, RK beach, Ramnagar, Dondaparthy, Maddilapalem, Port, Kotha Road, Outer Harbour.

19.08.2017 : Providing UG Cable works in Visakhapatnam city (Package-1) Letter of Acceptance (LOA) issued on 18-Aug-2017 in favour of M/s Vijai Electricals Ltd., Hyderabad

19.08.2017 : Package-1 Areas : MVP Colony, Sivajipark, LB Colony, Siripuram and KGH - Total Kms : 276 and Estimated project cost : Rs. 223 crs. Package-2 Areas : RK Beach, Kailasametta, Dondaparthy, Rajendranagar, Pandurangapuram - Total Kms : 242 and Estimated project cost : Rs. 229 crs. Package-3 Areas : Port, Kotha Road, Outer Harbour, Police Baracks, Chitralaya and Venkateswara Metta. - Total Kms : 155 and Estimated project cost : Rs. 149 crs. Package-4 Areas : Endada, Adhibhatlanagar and Rushikonda - Total Kms : 168 and Estimated project cost : Rs. 115 crs.

17.09.2016 : State Govt.of Andhra Pradesh has approved the Underground Electrical Cabling system in Vizag Smart City in an area of 387 Kms. The esimated project cost is ₹ 720 cr, out of this World Bank loan is ₹ 489 cr and the remaining amount will be provided by State Govt. APEPDCL is going to call for Tenders soon and the work will be completed within 18 months from the date of finalisation of tender. Total 23 substations (33/11 kv) will be covered in this project.

10.06.2016 : Underground Electrical cabling project bids on 15th July,2016. ₹ 720 Cr project cost - Phase-I works begin in August, 2016 with World Bank Aid. Underground cabling will be laid in MVP Colony, Peda Waltair, Sivajipalem, RCD Hospital, Siripuram and KGH Areas under Phase-I with an estimated cost of ₹ 239 cr.

04.05.2016 : The administration is planning to extend the proposed underground power cable project to create a common duct that would house all other cables like the fibre optic network. The District Collector has asked the GVMC engineers to do a detailed study and come out with a concrete proposal which after due clearances from Chief Minister and others would have to be included in the tenders scheduled to be floated by June 15 for the World Bank funded underground power cabling under the AP Disaster Recovery Project (APDRP).

Underground Ground Electrical cable system by APEPDCL. APEPDCL to start underground cabling project in Vizag Smart City. After cyclone Hudhud severely hit the electricity supply system of the city, the World Bank has agreed to extend financial assistance to the underground cabling project. A world bank team would visit the discom on June 7 and 8 to finalize the proposals.

The work on the underground cabling project of APEPDCL in Vizag Smart City is all set to begin from August this year. The probable date for floating of tenders is March 14 and the work is scheduled to begin from August 1. In the first phase, areas such as MVP Colony, Peda Waltair, KGH, RCD Hospital, Siripuram and Sivaji Park will be covered.

Solar Power Energy

Generation of power from Solar energy.

SOLAR TREE AT KAILASAGIRI - The Vizag Solar Tree to have live labs to monitor the quality of air in the city! The structure will be in the shape of a tree and it will be developed with a joint venture partner involving various research institutions. VUDA is on the view the project will stand as an iconic structure on Kailasagiri that attracts thousands of tourists daily and that it will help research in renewable energy sources.

Visakhapatnam Port Trust has commissioned 2MW solar capacity and will add another 8 MW very soon. VPT will be the first major port in the country to run entire port operations on solar energy

Underground Drainage, Sanitation, Greenary & Cleanliness

Underground Drainage system to be improved to reduce the water logging in many areas of the city during monsoon. Canals in the City to be renovated/modernised by removing mud/sand in the canals to avoid water logging.

Door to Door collection of solid waste, its transportation and scientific disposal of the same. Clean Water supply and Sewerage connection to all urban households besides storm water drains.

Plantation of trees, Improvement of sanitation, construction of more number of individual household toilets and public toilets to make open defacation free city, dustbin free streets and move the solid waste collected from the streets on day to day basis to the dumping yard, provide water tankers for watering the plants through out the city.

The above should be implemented from Old city to the border areas of city Anandapuram, Pendurthi, Lankelapalem, parawada, NTPC etc, consists of 72 municipal wards by Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC).

Playgrounds & Parks

Development/Construction of Small playgrounds and Parks in every colony/area.

Affordable Housing especially for the poor - Slums free

Government should make the city slums free by constructing G+4 apartments for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and also to the economically backward people. Government should make it their aim to provide house to every family.

Underground Gas pipelines

Government with public/private participation should lay underground gas pipelines and supply the LPG through gas pipelines for the domestic use, metering of gas use and the billing also as per usage.

Pollution free environment

Government as well as private companies should take measures to control the pollution levels in the city.

Measures should be taken to control the pollution arising out of Coal dust, Chemical/Refinery factories and also through Vehicles.

Prevention / Solution for Beach erosion

17.02.2018: '30,000 trucks of sand will be pumped to nourish beach' VPT Chairman says the activity will continue till March first week. The coastline of Visakhapatnam from Nakkapalli to Bheemunipatnam and further up is vulnerable to beach erosion due to a number of factors such as frequent depressions hitting the coast during the monsoon, an active sea and number of structures built into the sea, and to arrest the erosion beach nourishment is a scientifically proven method, said Visakhapatnam Port Trust Chairman M.T. Krishna Babu. Addressing the media here on Friday, he said that in this year the beach nourishment has already begun on February 6 and will continue till March first week. "We estimate to pump around 3 lakh cubic metres of sand which amount to around 30,000 truck load of sand," he said. Last year, VPT had floated a global tender for beach nourishment for a period of three years and Dredging Corporation of India had bagged it for Rs. 40 crore. In the previous year around 1.05 lakh cubic metre of sand was pumped at a cost of Rs. 11.09 crores and in this year it will go up to Rs. 18.37 crore. Referring to Netherlands-based institute Deltares, an independent institute specialising in research in water and sub-surface, he said the firm has been given the contract to prepare a DPR on how to arrest beach erosion. "The total project cost is around Rs. 150 crore and Deltares will give us the engineering design, tender estimates and technical support. The report should be ready by January 2019," said Mr. Krishna Babu.

09.07.2016: Study on beach erosion will take 2 years, we are in touch with the Netherlands-based consultancy Deltares. It will take two years for detailed study of the factors causing beach erosion so as to suggest preventive measures, Municipal Commissioner Pravin Kumar has said. The studies on erosion have not yet been completed. NIO is still continuing its studies and we are in touch with the Netherlands-based consultancy Deltares. The estimated cost of the study over a period of two years will be between Rs.3 crore and Rs.3.5 crore, he told a press conference here.

Temporary measures are already being taken to protect the beach for the time being. So far, Rs 7 crore has been spent on beach nourishment and another Rs 7 crore will be spent by December 2016.

Long-term measures to battle beach erosion from January, 2016, including setting up of a 2.5-km-long artificial reef along the city's coast, will be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 75 crore with financial assistance from World Bank, district collector N Yuvaraj said during a review meeting with various stakeholders in the presence of the beach restoration committee's coordinator and Visakhapatnam Port Trust chairman MT Krishna Babu at the collectorate.

Government has to take immediate steps to prevent beach erosion from coastal battery to submarine museum. Also, the Government has to take measures to prevent construction of concrete buildings from coastal battery to Bheemili through out the coast, to prevent beach erosion. DCI is adopting a new technology to nourish the eroded beach by laying a pipeline and complete the task within a month. For the first time, DCI will deploy trailer suction dredger, Dredge 16, in the project. It will pump out an estimated two lack cubic meters from the 'Sand Trap' and fit it near the eroded beach. The project is expected to cost around INR 5 to 6 crores.

Plantation of Coconut, palm, cashew trees through out the sea coast. Restoring beaches with reclaimed sand, Off -shore break waters, Coastal revegetation, Seawall, Beach nourishment. To prevent beach erosion, shore-parallel Geotextile Tubes (Geo Tubes) or Cement Boulders to be installed.

Solid waste management

04.05.2017 : Work on waste-to-energy plant commences at Kapuluppada. 17.5 acres handed over to Jindal Urban Waste Management. With the handing over of land to a private company, work on the waste-to-energy power plant is set to take off at the Kapuluppada dump yard on the outskirts of the city. The lease agreement has been signed recently and about 17.5 acres of land is handed over to Jindal Urban Waste Management (Visakhapatnam) and it has started construction work, Municipal Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan. The company has to complete the waste-to-energy plant incinerating municipal waste after segregating the non-combustibles to generate 17 MW of power. It will construct site office and compound wall first. GVMC will provide solid waste after door-to-door collection from about 4.5 lakh households.

19.10.2016 : Municipal Administration and Urban Development department has issued a GO No. 248 regarding allottment of 20 acres land at Kapuluppada survey no. 314 to Jindal Urban Waste Management Limited for a period of 25 years. JUWML is going to construct a Waste to Energy Plant.

Generation of power from solid waste. Government has to consider to set up Waste to Energy Plants to solve the solid waste management problem.

GVMC signed an agreement on 17.02.2016 with the Jindal Urban Waste Management Limited on setting up a Waste to Energy plant at Gidijala in Anandapuram Mandal. GVMC would provide on lease 20 acres of land for the plant to generate 15 MW of electricity. GVMC has to supply 952 tonnes of solid waste to the plant to be set up with a cost of Rs.152 crore in 18 months.

e-waste treatment plant

The first e-waste management unit has started functioning in Gajuwaka in the Smart City. The Green Waves Recyclers, authorised by Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) for safe disposal of electronic waste and in collaboration of the GVMC, has set up 50 e-waste collection bin across the city. The Smart City generates an estimated 500 MT of e-waste per annum and experts say that in the wake of advent of new technology various existing electronic gadgets are becoming obsolete fast and given the trend, the quantum of the e-waste being produced in the city now will be doubled in the next five years.

Port City is likely to get an e-waste facilitator for safe disposal of electronic junk with a treatment plant proposed to come up at Ramky Groups Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City (JNPC).

AP Pollution Control Boards Vizag division environment engineer Lakshmi Narayana said, "So far Vizag does not have any facilitator for e-waste collection. Around 25-30% of the e-waste is resold or exchanged based on online offers from electronic shops. The remaining is taken by unauthorised collectors for extraction of metals from the products or sometimes taken to Bengaluru and Hyderabad for processing."

Waste Water treatment

All the houses in the city should be connected to the waste water network for collection and treatment of waste water by GVMC. Establishment of Tertiary treatment plants for waste water recycling to the Industries.

The three sewage treatment plants at One Town, Appu Ghar, and Mudasarlova have a capacity of 63 MLD. Waste water from them can be used for industrial purposes after tertiary treatment.

About 57 MLD of water will be available after treatment.

The recycling of water will make available an additional 12 mgd of water.

Disaster management

Disaster management as the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies, in particular preparedness, response and recovery. The first people to respond to a disaster are those living in the city local community. They are the first to start rescue and relief operations.

Government has to set up a disaster management team in the city.

IBM Corporation had come forward to prepare a disaster management plan for the city as part of their corporate social responsibility - IBM smarter cities challenge. City is a cyclone prone area and that too the city witnessed Hudhud. IBM decided to provide a strong disaster management plan using their expertise in the field.

District Collector, Mr. N. Yuvaraj said that government has allotted 3 acres of land at Kapulauppada for setting up a unit of National Disaster Response Force with a staff of 250 members, Initially Government allotted 100 members staff. Before that, Government is planning to set up a NDRF cell in the Vizag Smart City.

City police launch disaster response team.

As a contingency plan to take part in rescue operations during disasters and even untoward incidents like Aditi’s drowning, the city police have formed a disaster response team. Headed by ADCP (Special Branch) P.V. Ravi Kumar, it will have men and equipment to efficiently handle emergency situations. Commissioner of Police Amit Garg inaugurated the force and a vehicle at the Police Commissionerate on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ravi Kumar said that the disaster response team would have a total of eight teams (each comprising five police personnel) deputed from the Armed Reserve (AR) Police. But initially, they will be starting the force with two teams containing 10 members."Other six teams will be joining subsequently, and the team will be on the spot after any disaster or untoward incident," said Mr. Ravi Kumar.

The team has its own vehicle equipped with wood cutters, ladder, bolts, cutters, gum boots, hand gloves, crowbars, bill hooks, power teeth hooks with iron rods, shawls, spades, axes, hammers, and plastic ropes used for rescue operations. It will have a total of eight teams, each comprising five personnel, deputed from the AR Police.

Law & Order system

22.05.2018 : City police on modernisation spree. Falcon mobile command control centre to be deployed today. The City Police are on an expansion and modernisation mode. On the manpower front, after a long time 325 civil and 87 for armed reserve constables have been recruited and have joined duty. Of them, 114 are women PCs (civil) and 14 women are in the (AR). This will give us the leeway to start the proposed SHE Teams in the city, said Commissioner of Police T. Yoganand.

04.05.2017 : Vizag City has over 94 major traffic junctions. So far CCTV cameras have set up at 47 junctions. The traffic Command Control Center (CCC) at the Police Commissionerate houses a video wall that has 12 monitors, 50 inch LED each, that are integrated with 47 high definition pan tilt zoom cameras, mounted at 47 signal points in the city. At least 30 trined people are required to monitor the CCC round the clock. The CCC is being used to regulate traffic and nab any traffic offenders.

02.05.2016 - Chief Minister, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu seeks detailed report on need to install over 1,500 cameras in Visakhapatnam Smart City. He said to cover all the lanes and bylanes criss-crossing the city, they would need over 1500 CCTV cameras. Also said they would ensure that there would be round-the-clock surveillance of the city through comprehensive mapping so as to reduce traffic offences and timely detection of crime through video footage captured by the surveillance cameras.

Visakhapatnam is a very peaceful city and the law and order system always in control.

Government should provide more facilities to the police personnel, who are working 24 hrs for the safety of the people in the city. Also appoint more number of police personnel since the population in the city is growing rapidly.

Appointment of more number of Traffic police personnel is required, since traffic in the city is rapidly increasing.

Marine police system is to be strengthened because Vizag city has long sea coast from Gangavaram beach to Bheemili beach.

Vizag Police Commissionerate have 23 police stations in the City.

Separate stations for traffic, cyber crime, central crime and city task force.

Own buildings for police stations.

Wi-Fi enabled police stations, GPS fitted police vehicles, Automation of traffic signals, High end central monitory station.

Traffic being the major concern, it is proposed to add 11 new traffic police stations to the existing seven.

City Traffic police have procured a fully-equipped interceptor to keep a vigil on speeding vehicles. The Newly acquired Vehicle is equipped with speed laser gun, breath analyser kit and a pan-tilt-zoom camera besides radar to detect speeding. The new equipment can track vehicles from a distance of 1 km and click the pictures and record their speeds accurately.

Traffic command control centre monitoring by 10 personnel, headed by an Inspector-rank officer. The video wall can receive 160 feeds simultaneously, Optic fibre connectivity, provision for wireless link, Effective for monitoring traffic including snarls, Facility for facial recognition on the anvil.

Cyber Security

04.05.2017: Cyber Crime Police Station - The recent announcement of setting up of a full-fledged cyber crime police station along with a cyber forensic laboratory in the city on the fast track by DGP N. Sambasiva Rao has brought cheer to the cyber crime cell. The district administration has identified and allotted about 1000 sq yards of land close to the rythu bazaar in Marripalem area and according to the DGP, about Rs. 5 crore will be spent on the establishment of the police station.

Cyber Security is must for Smart Cities. Due to rapid increase in digital transactions, cyber security is a must. Cybersecurity is the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. In a computing context, security includes both cyber security and physical security.

Vizag Smart City has Cyber Crime Investigation Cell with a strength of 8 police personnel including 1 CI, 1 SI and 1 HC and 4 PC's and 1 Hg locating at CCS building in the premises of II Town Police Station, Dabagardens. Inspector of Police, Cyber Crimes is 9490617917, Sub-Inspector of Police is 9490617916. Email :

The Vizag City police has released a booklet on Cyber Crime and preventive steps to curb the cyber crimes. The booklet emphasizes the variants of cyber crime i.e. e-mail abuse, cyber stalking, Hacking, phishing, Vishing, online job frauds, lottery frauds, credit card frauds, skimming and identity theft. The booklet enlightens the various punitive laws on cyber offenses, various preventive steps to be taken to avoid the above frauds.

Media also play its role in bring forward the type of crimes, criminals involved and how the criminals are manipulating through cyber technology and also brought awareness in public about cyber related offences.

Safety & Security of Citizens

A Smart City needs to be Safe City as well for citizens to live a smooth life.

11.08.2017: VISAKHAPATNAM SMART CITY & DISTRICT UNDER THE SURVEILLANCE OF HIGH QUALITY CCTV CAMERAS VERY SOON. District Collector, Mr. Praveen Kumar said that 1700 High Quality CCTV Cameras allotted by the AP State Government, which will be useful for prevention of crimes, monitor the traffic system, monitor the over speed vehicles and also to prevent the road accidents.

1700 High Quality CCTV Cameras will be provided in the entire district of Visakhapatnam, most of them will be installed in the City limits and the remaining in Mandal Headquarters, Tourist places and on the Highway. These CCTV cameras will capture the pictures of the incidents happened up to one kilometer. These CCTV cameras work through Fiber Grid and a special Command Control Center is being set up at Collector office to monitor all the 1700 cameras from the Command Control Center. For this one floor with an area of 5000 sq.yards will be allotted in the multi-storey building being constructed in Collector office and the project will be completed in a period of 6 months.

Introducing smart surveillance technology or analytics to manage the crowd, traffic and following the building code (Code to be followed strictly while constructing a building, which sadly is not done in India) to manage natural/man-made disasters would make a city safe and secured for a citizen to live in. If we install CCTV in numerous places around the city, a perception of the city being safe is created.

Equipping police system in the city with modern gadgets like CCTV cameras at all public places.

GPS enabled dispatch of patrol cars.

A command control center to monitor and act on all the CCTV cameras live feed.

Aerial surveillance through Helicopters..

Community policing, training on soft skills, and at least 33% women cops in the force.

A Dial 100 system for emergency response.

A step forward in Smart Policing initiative. As many as 335 police officers, over and above the rank of sub-inspector to the Commissioner of Police, will soon be given high-end tabs as part of the smart policing concept. The tabs have already reached the Commissionerate and will be distributed in a day or two.Apart from having the calling and internet facilities, the tabs will be loaded with a host of features intended to keep the officers updated on the crime and the law and order situation in the city. Primarily, the tabs will be integrated with the Abhayam and Dial 100, the quick response applications of the police force. "The tabs will be GPS-enabled and once integrated with the Abhayam and Dial 100 programmes, the officers can be tracked and advised to rush to the crime scene in quick time," says Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP- administration) Venkateswara Rao. This apart, the tabs will serve as ready-reckoner as the gadgets will be loaded and updated with the latest FIRs, NBW status, criminal list and status of investigation of various cases.

21.04.2016 - Policing to go Hi-Tech in Vizag Smart City. City Commissionerate to soon have Personal Digital Assistants.The machine will have facilities to collect fines on the spot and generate e-challans. The machine will have swiping facilities, and fines can be collected by swiping the debit or credit cards. According to Mr. Amit Garg, the machines will be integrated with the Central Command Control Centre and CCTV network. "The video footage showcasing the violation can be shown to the offender and the fine collected on the spot," said the Commissioner.

For the safety and security of the beach visitors, Community Guards should be deployed at RK Beach, Yarada beach, Rushikonda beach and Bheemili beach, 2 community guards for every 200 mts and also 2 Police Constables during Sundays and Festival days.

12.05.2016 : Indian Navy launches state-of-the-art underwater vigil system in Visakhapatnam Smart City. This underwater vigil system is capable of detecting, identifying, tracking and generating warnings for all types of surface and underwater threats to Visakhapatnam harbour. Vice admiral HCS Bisht, AVSM flag officer Commanding-In-Chief, Eastern Naval Command inaugurated the two systems.


03.04.2017: After a wait of over three years since demolition of the old court building, the foundation stone laying ceremony (bhoomi puja) for the new court complex took place on Sunday at the district court premises. The Rs 30-crore court complex would house different courts in four floors besides two floors allotted for parking. On Sunday morning, principal district judge PV Jyothirmayee laid the foundation stone for the new court complex while building contractor AV Mohan Reddy performed the bhoomi puja.

The construction area of the new building is 1,39,000 sq feet while the entire court complex consists of 2.78 acres. The first phase of the court complex is expected to be completed within one-and-a-half years. Daily, around 5,000-6,000 people visit the court complex for various works. On the occasion, justice Jyothirmayee said, "In the district court complex, there are 44 courts. Some of the courts would be shifted to the new building once it's constructed." Besides the district judge, Vizag Bar Association president NV Suman, Metropolitan Sessions Judge U Satya Rao and other senior advocates were present at the foundation stone laying ceremony.

Andhra Pradesh State Government has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 30.56 crores on 03.02.2016 for building new court complex at District court complex. Also new lifts work has started with an amount of Rs. 19.25 lakhs at Criminal Court Complex.

Some of the buildings in the District Court Complex to be renovated and also provide more facilities at the court complex for Judges, Advocates and for the Clients. New buildings to be constructed in the space available at the Court complex, which is very much required since the population in the City/District is increasing day by day and also a demand/proposal for setting up a High Court bench.

Robust IT connectivity, Wi-Fi and Digitalisation

Vizag Smart City will soon be able to avail broadband connections with 15 mbps speed at just Rs 150 a month as part of the Digital India campaign. The state government has already embarked on the fibre grid project at a cost of Rs 330 crore and the project will be completed by August,2016.

To provide Wi-Fi connectivity through out the smart city.

On a pilot basis, free Wi-Fi facilities for 30 minutes are being provided at RK Beach, Vuda Park and Kailasagiri in the city by BSNL, in collaboration with Quad Gen and Reliance Jio. This is a good facility which could be used for both entertainment and education, youth said the time restriction should be extended to one hour from 30 minutes.

CM, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu launches Fiber Grid Project in Vizag Smart City on 17.03.2016. The AP FiberNet will give connection at Rs.149 per month for an 15 Mbps line to 1.3 crore households. Offices will get 100 Mbps connection at Rs.999 per month. The AP State Fiber Net Ltd is implementing the project.

Wifi connectivity through out the city. Free WiFi services to be provided in the Airport, Railway Station, Bus Complexes, Tourist places like RK Beach, Vuda Park, Kailasagiri, Rushikonda & Bheemili beach etc.

Optical Fibre Network Cable to be laid and provide internet facility to every household.

e-governance and Citizen participation

The services provided by the Central/State government as well as private companies should be completely digitalized. E-Governance should be implemented in all the Departments and participation of citizens in e-governance is more important.


Public healthcare system to be improved a lot and the government has to take all the measures to improve the facilities in the Government Hospitals / Primary Health Centers.

For making cities smart, we must make healthcare affordable first.

"You can't dream about being smart without being healthy"

Government should appoint sufficient number of Doctors, increase the number of beds, Nurses and other supporting staff, medical equipment, availability of medicines in the Government Hospitals situated in the City.


Government should provide minimum facilities like furniture, play ground, toilets etc, in the government schools/colleges in the city and also provide sufficient teaching staff.

Government should make Education compulsory for children upto 10th standard. English medium should be introduced in the Government & Municipal Schools from 1standard onwards and also make Telugu language is compulsory in all the schools. Government through the participation of private organization should provide proper buildings, sufficient number of teachers, furniture, toilets, laboratory equipment, sports equipment etc., in the Government and Municipal schools.

Smart class rooms to be setup in all the Government/Municipal schools, children could learn very fast with these smart classes.

'Future Classroom', which is not only having a virtual teacher, but the contents are available online too. So what one need is an internet connection and education can reach even the remotest place in India. Besides, though India has immense potential in the young generation but the educational resources are limited.

Social & Food Security

Government should take steps for the social security of the unemployed youth, disabled persons and old people residing in the city.

Housing to all. Own House to everyone in the City. Government with private participation build apartments for middle class people and offer them with an affordable price.

Eradication of Child labour by councilling them to go to school, provide employment to their parents.

Most important thing is to avoid people sleeping on the footpaths, bus shelters etc., Government should provide homes to these people.

Government has to ensure food security to all the people.

Urban mobility and Public Transport

Public Transportation system should be improved. BRTS Roads, Metro Rail, Flyovers.

Intelligent traffic planning, the promotion of public transport and the improved interconnectedness of all road users in a city-wide communication infrastructure comprise the mobility characteristics of a smart city. Fewer traffic jams in the inner city and the development of a largely zero-emission public transport system ultimately have a positive impact on the environment and the quality of life in smart cities.

The public transportation system is the lifeline of a smart city. It fills the city with life through a continuous and controlled flow of people and products and carries everybody to his or her destination. In an intelligent city, the development of the public transportation system is promoted because it provides the general public with basic services.

Cycling Tracks

Laying Cycling Tracks wherever possible.

Multi Level Parking Complexes

Multi Level Parking Complexes. Various locations are being explored for setting up multi-level parking complexes. It is yet to be decided where the first such facility would come up, among the locations are Siripuram, Beach Road, Ramnagar, Jagadamba Junction and Diamond Park.

Footpaths for Pedestrians

Construction of Footpaths for pedestrians.

Footover Bridges

Construction of Footover Bridges at the main junctions.

Subways for Pedestrians

Construction of Subways for pedestrians at the main junctions.

LED street lighting

Vizag is the only Smart City to install LED bulbs in all the streetlights with a centrally-controlled monitoring system.

Smart City had now 100 per cent LED street-lighting replacing 94,000 conventional lights and switching on and off and repairs could be monitored through the monitoring system.

Vizag which is the first City in the country to be fully lit with LED lights has earned another distinction. A Centrally Controlled Monitoring System (CCMS) for maintenance and monitoring of LED lights in the city has been launched - which again is a first in the country. Driven by cloud-based technology, each of the boxes will be given a specific number and be linked to the central EESL system which will enable any repair within 48 hours. EESL has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the GVMC to operate and maintain 92,000 LED lights. The LED lights and CCMS will be maintained for a period of seven years by the EESL.


Street / Junction name sign boards to be installed all over the City.

Repairs/ laying new roads and Widening the existings roads

Widening the existing roads to prevent frequent traffic jams.

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Visakhapatnam, a City of Destiny, Port City, Steel City, Cosmopolitan City, is the largest city in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India and also the third largest city on the East Coast of India, popularly known as Vizag, often called as 'The Jewel of the East Coast', is being developed as a Smart City.

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