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Vishakhapatnam (Vizag) Projects And Infrastructure

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color Chips India Ltd is planning to set up 1,00,000 sq ft animation production center at Visakhapatnam.

The facility will be the first of its kind in India with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. The setup will be mainly used to provide high-end graphic solutions, special effects, 2D and 3D animation production.

The new center will also house an animation-training center.

Color Chips recently signed an agreement with Albert Tross Productions of Australia for providing animation and creative services for a series of 26 episodes.

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    Old building of VUDA makes way for shopping mall

    VISAKHAPATNAM: An old building of the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) at Siripuram is being demolished to accommodate a Rs 20-crore new multiplex-cum-mega shopping mall.

    After inviting bids, VUDA has settled for city-based Vaibhav Empire and Ambica Consortium for the mega project on build operate and transfer basis. The proposed project is expected to come up on 7,000 square metres of land and it would have space for an IT centre, shopping mall and hospitality centre.

    The selected parties have entered into an agreement with VUDA for a 33-year lease. As per the agreement, the parties will be paying every year five per cent of the total value of land in addition to three per cent of the gross revenue earned. The agreement is also subject to five per cent escalation every year. VUDA will earn Rs.137 crores for 33-year lease period.

    As far as the rental value of space after construction is concerned, it will be decided on the prevailing market rate and the decision of the constructing parties. VUDA has also planned to build another shopping mall at MVP Colony on 1.2 lakh square feet of land at a cost of Rs.18 crores.
    - Babji, 7 years ago
    Corridor to open for city traffic

    Visakhapatnam, Dec. 12: The 12.5-km corridor, connecting Ayyappa Swami temple near airport and Convent Junction will be open for traffic from December 15 midnight. The Rs 114 crores project was taken up by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) under ‘Development of Adequate Road Connectivity to Major Ports in India’ programme. A special body — Visakhapatnam Port Road Company Limited (VPRCL) — was constituted to execute the project on construction-operation- maintenance basis.

    The NHAI and Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) contributed an equity of 30 per cent and remaining funds were mobilised through market borrowings from various financial institutions. Giving details about the project to media here on Tuesday, NHAI project director K. Srinivasulu said that the road enables faster evacuation of cargo traffic and facilitates smoother traffic movement by easing traffic congestion and avoiding railway level crossings in port area between Convent Junction and Ayyappa temple on NH-5, Convent Junction and Y-junction near Dockyard.

    The journey time between airport and railway station will be reduced to only 10 minutes on this stretch. He added that the project includes longest flyover in the State with a stretch of 4.9 km. The work commenced in June, 2002. It was expected to be completed by December 2004, but was delayed due to some technical problems, the project director said.

    The Tariff Authority for Major Port Trusts (TAMP) at Mumbai approved an interim arrangement for levy of user fee by VPRCL which will be collected at two user fee plazas (toll gates) arranged near NHAI office and Y-junction. While two-wheelers and three-wheelers are exempted from user fee, trucks, buses, multi-axle vehicles and oversized vehicles have different user fee tariff. Concessions are available for regular users.

    The officials are expecting Rs 6.6 crores annual revenue from the two user-fee plazas. Mr Srinivasulu said that the RTC did not raise objections when the user-fee tariff for RTC buses was discussed earlier. However, their representation for exempting RTC buses from the user-fee is being considered by TAMP, he added.
    - Babji, 6 years ago
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    Lalu puts Duvvada station facelift on the fast track
    N. Janardhana Reddy requests development of Duvvada into a satellite station with A class facilities
    VISAKHAPATNAM : The Railways have identified Duvvada station for taking up modernisation works and proposed to give it a facelift on priority basis, Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad has said.

    Replying to Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha member N. Janardhana Reddy's request to him seeking development of Duvvada as a satellite station with provision of A class facilities there, the Minister, in a letter, said that as per the annual passenger earnings, Duvvada is classified as a `D' category station. The railways have already taken up passenger amenity works there which include provision of five bays of platform shelters; provision of staircase from circulating areas to foot over bridge; improvement of illumination; provision of standardised signages; unreserved ticketing system; and road over bridge to offside of station.

    Requirements : On introduction of a daily Visakhapatnam-Mumbai Garib Rath Express via Secunderabad, new superfast train between Visakhapatnam and Shiridi via Secunderabad and increasing the frequency of 2829/2830 Bhubaneswar-Chennai-Bhubaneswar Express to daily, Mr. Lalu Prased promised to take up the matter in the Indian railway timetable conference to be held in 2007. He said action as found feasible and justified would be taken.

    Modern systems: The Minister said the line capacity constraints between Gopalpatnam and Visakhapatnam would considerably ease out after commissioning of the automatic signalling between the two stations in January 2007. The detention of coaching trains after Anakapalli is due to line capacity constraints between Gopalpatnam and Visakhapatnam as also terminal constraints at Visakhapatnam, he said.
    - Babji, 5 years ago
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    APSRTC mulls Volvo service to Bangalore

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam region of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) will soon introduce a fully air-conditioned direct bus to Bangalore from Visakhapatnam and back by extending its Tirupati service. The exact date of operation of the Sweden-made Volvo bus, named Garuda, will be decided once the formal agreement on inter-State bus operation is signed between the Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka governments.

    Increasing network :Though private operators ply Volvo buses on the Visakhapatnam-Bangalore route, this is the first time the RTC is operating its service to Bangalore from here. The distance between the two cities is also high as it comes to nearly 1,000 km. Interestingly, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation is not plying any bus on this route. In addition to Tirupati, the Visakhapatnam region operates Volvo buses to Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Chennai from here.

    RTC Divisional Manager (rural) Ramakanth said the region was also likely to get two more Volvo buses, which would be introduced on the Visakhapatnam-Hyderabad route.

    Each bus would cost Rs. 60 lakhs. The 45-seat capacity buses come with air suspension, 2x2 pull/push back (115 degrees) seats, individual reading lamps besides digital audio and video entertainment.

    The rear engine vehicles can be operated with a maximum speed of 115 km per hour. Passengers are provided mineral water bottle free of cost. Besides, they are given a blanket (for usage in journey and to return), newspapers and magazines (for free circulation in the buses), snacks and cool drinks are supplied on payment basis. There is also cell phone facility on payment basis.
    - Babji, 5 years ago
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    Twin-tube tunnel in the making

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The `City of destiny' has got everything right from the biggest shore-based integrated steel plant to one of the longest flyovers in the country and from picturesque settings to a natural harbour. What's missing was a tunnel and that is likely to come up soon. And not one, it is going to be a twin-tube tunnel.

    The Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has plans to construct a twin-tube tunnel on the Eastern Ghat hill ranges to connect Narasimha Nagar in Akkayyapalem to the Arilova corridor. As per plans submitted to the State Government, the adjacently-positioned twin-tube tunnel was proposed to handle the traffic both ways individually. Each tunnel would be 1.2 km long with a width of 16.5 metres. There would be a footpath for the public and a separate service road. The project is estimated at Rs.93 crores.

    "The tunnel will reduce the distance to Arilova by over 10 km from the city side. Once it is completed, people need not drive all along the highway to go to Arilova or Pineapple Colony," GVMC Chief Engineer P. Panduranga Rao told The Hindu .

    He said the GVMC had taken care of every detail, including the lighting. "It will be of international standards," he asserted. The GVMC had already obtained all required clearances, including environmental clearance certificate, and was awaiting the State-level steering committee's nod to call for bids. "The project has been approved by the State Government in principle and it is now up to the steering committee to get the acceptance from the Central Government," he said.

    Project design :The design of the project was being done by Consulting Engineering Service (CES). The twin-tube tunnel would meet the four-lane corridor that is under construction from Hanumanthawaka to Pineapple Colony from Narasimha Nagar in the city side.
    - Babji, 4 years ago
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    Vizag port now connected to National Highway 5
    Visakhapatnam , Dec. 12
    The port connectivity road project, linking the Visakhapatnam port to the National Highway 5, has been completed and the link road will be open to traffic from December 15, according to Mr K. Srinivasulu, Project Director of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

    He said the total length of the project corridor was 12.5 km, comprising 4.90 km flyover and ramp structures and 7.6 km road.

    "It is the longest flyover and structures in Andhra Pradesh and the largest ground improvement had to be undertaken in laying the road (4 km) using the technique of pre-fabricated vertical drains and high strength geo-textiles. The project should have been completed by December 2005, but there has been delay of roughly one year due to the reason," Mr Srinivasulu said.

    User fee :He said the Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) had approved an interim arrangement for levy of user fee by the Visakhapatnam Port Road Company Ltd at two plazas. For cars/jeeps/vans, the fee will be Rs 10 at the main plaza and Rs 5 at the second one, for light commercial vehicles Rs 15 and Rs 10, for trucks and buses Rs 35 and Rs 20, and for multi-axle vehicles Rs 55 and Rs 30, respectively. For oversized vehicles (more than 7 axles), the fee will be Rs 65 and Rs 35, respectively, at the two plazas.
    - Babji, 4 years ago
    Q. Implementation of the 'Jagadamba Pedestrian Project' would mean that the area between Dabagardens and Daspalla Hotel / Chitralaya theatre will be out of bounds for vehicles, with broad roads full of greenery for pedestrians. This is one of those projects where the narrow interests of a few (shopkeepers) will have to be sacrificed for the greater good of the citizens. Do you feel VMC should go ahead with this project ?

    Poll conducted from 23-11-2002 to 31-12-2002
    Total Votes Polled : 681
    Yes, Vizag needs open spaces for pedestrians 634
    No ------------------------------------------ 47

    any update on this project...
    - Babji, 4 years ago
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    YSR to visit city on January 6

    VISAKHAPATNAM : Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will lay the foundation stone for Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) here on January 6. VIMS is being developed on an area of 100 acres at the old Dairy Farm near Adarshnagar on the lines of NIMS in Hyderabad. Dr. Reddy will attend the first death anniversary of senior Congress leader Dronamraju Satyanarayana and will fly to Srikakulam the next day.

    Minister for Commercial Taxes Konathala Ramakrishna told reporters on Tuesday the itinerary would be finalised soon. During his stay, the Chief Minister would have a brainstorming session on various schemes under implementation in the GVMC.
    - Babji, 4 years ago
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    Education zone planned on city outskirts

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The State Government is toying with the idea of developing an education zone on the city outskirts to attract premier institutes, including Indian Institute of Management (IIM). Briefing reporters after a review meeting on projects under implementation in and around Visakhapatnam, Minister for Commercial Taxes Konathala Ramakrishna said that the education zone proposal also figured during a meeting with Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

    Mr. Ramakrishna said the proposed education zone would have noted B-schools and institutes imparting technical courses.

    Rapid strides : The Visakhapatnam Steel Plant is on an expansion mode with an investment of Rs. 8,600 crores. HPCL is doubling the capacity of Visakh Refinery and is also in the process of establishing a Greenfield petrochemical complex. The Minister said land had been identified for the alternative naval base and a unit of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. Work on the Special Economic Zone was in an advance stage of completion. NTPC Simhadri was adding another 1,000 mw to its plant at Paravada.
    - Babji, 4 years ago
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    Rs. 9,000-crore sales turnover for VSP

    VISAKHAPATNAM: "The year 2006 was very satisfying and bright on various fronts for the VSP and 2007 will be another landmark year in the history of RINL as it is the silver jubilee year," said Y. Siva Sagar Rao, CMD, while speaking at a function of VSP in connection with the New Year celebrations.

    The VSP bagged several prestigious awards at the national level, particularly the national energy conservation award for the seventh consecutive year, and the CII excellence award towards strong commitment. "The silver jubilee celebrations will showcase the steel fraternity what the RINL is today. We should put in our best efforts to complete the expansion works on time," he added.

    Competition : In view of the fierce competitive environment, it was important to rededicate efforts to put the VSP on top of the Indian steel industry by adopting measures such as upgradation of technology, cost reduction and generation of wealth from waste, he said. A sales turnover of over Rs. 9,000 crores was achieved in the calendar year 2006, which is the best since inception for any calendar year. Production of 3.12 million tonnes of finished steel and 3.298 million tonnes of saleable steel during the past year is also considered the best since inception for any calendar year. A presentation on VSP's performance during the past year was also made on the occasion.

    Directors -- P.K. Bishnoi, K.A. Naidu, H.S. Chhatwal and P.K. Misra -- complimented the RINL collective for the excellent performance. Members of steel executive's association, senior officials and trade union members attended .
    The company that changed the look and feel of Vizag!
    - Babji, 4 years ago
  • Vizag on radar of Marine Engineering firms
    Wednesday January 3 2007 00:00 IST Newindpress
    HYDERABAD: After a long wait, Marine Engineering is now catching up in Visakhapatnam and many companies are eyeing the business potential and manpower availability in that port city.

    Hyderabad-based engineering and IT solutions provider Infotech Enterprises Ltd will set up a dedicated facility for Marine Engineering in Visakhapatnam by April. "The facility will offer a wide range of services in the marine engineering sector and anchor further growth of our company in that arena," B V R Mohan Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director of Infotech Enterprises, told this website's newspaper.

    The company is likely to make 'significant' investments in Visakhapatnam. Initially, about 200 professionals are likely to be hired, Reddy said. The company will offer detailed engineering and production drawing for shipbuilding, analytical services for marine and offshore system designs, product design and development for marine and offshore equipment and systems, IT-enabled services to operators such as shipping and offshore drilling companies, ports and other marine establishments.

    According to industry sources, the spurt in the oil and natural gas exploration in the state and the recent promising finds in the Krishna-Godavari basin are also attracting engineering majors to Visakhapatnam.

    Further, globally shipyards are now seeking reliable and prompt production support services to speed up their production processes. At the same time, the yards insist on a high degree of customisation to suit their own practices, which in turn, are determined by their production planning, strategic and commercial priorities, labour costs and levels of automation, technologies and infrastructure facilities. This can offer a niche business for technology firms. Down the line, there could be significant outsourcing of Marine Engineering solutions from across the globe, say industry experts.

    According to sources, another two major companies are also exploring the option of setting up their bases in Visakhapatnam this year. "Though this is too early to talk about investment, marine engineering may attract about Rs 500 to Rs 800 crore investment to Vizag over the next couple of years," said a source. Long-established infrastructure, presence of training institutes and availability of manpower are driving Marine Engineering firms to the port city, analysts said.
    - Babji, 4 years ago
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    All-weather airport soon

    VISAKHAPATNAM : Various facilities are being commissioned to make the Visakhapatnam airport an all-weather one. The ongoing works envisage provision of instrument landing system and Solar Power Obstruction Light on identified hilltops along with night landing facilities K Ramalingam, chairman of Airports Authority of India, has said.

    He said this in reply to a letter written by Union Minister of State for Mines T.Subbarami Reddy.
    - Babji, 3 years ago
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    VPT to take up cargo berth mechanisation

    VISAKHAPATNAM: As part of its resolve to create world-class facilities, the Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) has decided to install mechanised handling at the General Cargo Berth (GCB) with an investment of about Rs.340 crores. Sources said the VPT had sought the required permission from the Public-Private Parnership Appraisal Committee to take up the mechanised handling facility under Build Operate and Transfer scheme. It has already received a favourable report from the Indian Ports' Association (IPA) on the feasibility of mechanised handling.

    GCB had handled 293 vessels last year with an occupancy rate of 96 per cent. Among 293 ships called at GCB, 203 handled coking coal. VPT, which could retain its premier port status in the country during 2005-06 by handling a throughput of 55.8 million tons, is confident of increasing coking coal handling from the present 15,000 to 20,000 tons to 35,000 to 40,000 per day.

    Eco-friendly : Mechanised handling will also be an eco-friendly measure as coking coal will be evacuated through a closed conveyer belt. This is expected to put an end to pollution owing coal dust in the Old Town area. IPA in its report stated that the reduction of evacuation time would benefit the port in increasing quantity of coking coal in future. IPA has also been appointed by the port to finalise the bid documents, licence agreement and extend its support to VPT in the tender process till signing of the licence agreement. Expression of Interest from prospective BOT partners will be sought after obtaining Centre's nod.

    Projections : It is projected that coking coal requirement of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant will go up to 7.5 million tons by 2010. The Steel Authority of India Limited is also expecting to seek imported coking coal of 5.8 million tons. VPT recently procured two floating cranes to fasten evacuation time of cargo after discharge from a ship to the stockyard. Of 4.79 million ton handled at GCB, coking coal alone accounted for 78 per cent. GCB was commissioned in 1985 mainly to take care of one lakh DWT (deadweight tonnage) ships.

    However, so far it could handle ships up to 60,000 DWT. Once mechanisation is completed, VPT can receive even bigger vessels. The port authorities have also asked Andhra University to prepare the environmental impact assessment study.
    - Babji, 3 years ago

    Vishakhapatnam getting IIM

    It's not an announcement of more holidays, but despite that there’s some good news for students of Andhra Pradesh.

    The Centre has agreed to a proposal to give Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) status to the Andhra University Engineering College.

    There are also plans that are afoot to bring an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) to the state.

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy made the announcement in Visakhapatnam.

    So with the demand for a separate Telengana state gathering strength, Visakhapatnam is getting greater attention as the city has the potential to rival capital Hyderabad.

    Apart from a 200-acre Ceramic City and a Medical Institute that has been planned, there is a 500-acre Educational Village where premier institutes will set up their campuses also in the offing.
    - pding, 3 years ago
  • The new avatar of Vizag

    Ravi Teja Sharma in New Delhi

    January 13, 2007

    Visakhapatnam is being promoted as the second-best city in Andhra Pradesh after Hyderabad -- and quite similar to the latter's development, one side of Visakhapatnam towards Madhurvada is being developed as the knowledge city.

    The other side from the steel plant to Elamanchili will be the hub of industrial activity. And with industries coming in, housing too is being planned in a big way. This port city is already seeing announcements of a rising number of residential projects.

    What's even better, developers are concentrating on land area along the beach side promising uninterrupted views of the sea to those who want to invest here.

    While nature is very much on Visakhapatnam's side what with the beautiful port city complete with beautiful beaches, green hills, breathtaking valleys and dense jungles, the weather here also remains favourable throughout the year.

    On the industrial side, it has a big steel plant, a world-class port and a huge ship-building yard. Then there's a huge engineering talent that Andhra University churns out every year.

    Eyeing this talent pool are IT companies that have already started venturing into the city. Satyam, TCS, Wipro and others like Symbiosys Technologies, Color Chips, Nu NET Technologies, Kenexa, we hear, have already acquired land in the city and there are many more companies in the fray. In fact, some say Visakhapatnam could be the next IT hub in Hyderabad.

    Singapore-based Jurong in partnership with KSR Group is doing three different residential projects in Visakhapatnam. KSR Group's director, B G Reddy, has shared information that the KSR Group has residential projects in Visakhapatnam worth Rs 2,300 crore (Rs 23 billion) at the moment.

    At Rushikonda, KSR-Jurong are developing 54 villas on 13 acres of land, called Sunny Isles. This project is on the beach road and will offer individual east facing villas, each with an amazing sea view. The project management and architecture is being handled by Jurong India.

    According to Kartik Ram, principal architect, Jurong India, these villas will be contemporary Mediterranean villas which are being designed very functionally to suit Indian tastes.

    "Andhra Pradesh is highly finicky about vaastu, so all houses are perfectly vaastu compliant and face the east on a sloping hill," he says. Vaastu has been incorporated into contemporary design here.

    Reddy says that initially when the project was launched about a year ago, each of these villas could be bought at Rs 70 lakh (Rs 7 million). Today the resale price is over Rs 2 crore (Rs 20 million).

    The best feature of these villas is the second-floor master bedroom which has two balconies, one facing the east and one the west. Perfect for those who want to see the sunrise towards the sea and sunset behind the hills on the west. Since Visakhapatnam has a strong NRI base, Reddy says that 30 villas have been bought by NRIs alone.

    On a 40-acre site in Madhurvada area of Visakhapatnam, the same team is building a total of 2,002 apartments and 12 towers with 10 floors will house these apartments. These are targeted at lower-middle income and higher-income families.

    "The preference of people has started moving from small apartment complexes to larger multi-towered gated community developments," explains Reddy.

    This gated community apartment complex will also include a club house, swimming pool, hospital, school and a community hall and the price range of these apartments is between Rs 15-30 lakh (Rs 1.5-3 million).

    "We are also going to target the employees of a number of IT companies coming up in Madhurvada," reveals Reddy. These people should prefer a place which is closer to work.

    At Yendada, which is also close to Madhurvada, KSR-Jurong is developing a number of villas, condominiums, budget apartments, some IT spaces, a shopping mall-cum -multiplex as well as a five-star hotel. The master planning of this Rs 1,800 crore (Rs 18 billion) project is in progress at the moment. This again promises to attract the cream of the IT crowd.

    The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) is itself involved in a slew of housing programmes. The chairman of VUDA, PSN Raju informed that they are doing two LIG housing schemes at Kapuluppada and Kurmannapalem.

    At Rushikonda 88, three-bedroom duplex row houses are being planned on 6.78 acres of land. L&T too has entered Visakhapatnam, winning a bid for a 55-acre township project at Vepagunta in Visakhapatnam.

    On the other side of town towards the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, Vizag Profiles Group is developing the Green Valley Township on 22 acres with 100 houses. "It will be a gated community development with integrated security at a investment of Rs 75 crore (Rs 750 million)," says B Suresh, director, Vizag Profiles Group.

    Prajay Engineers Syndicate has launched the Prajay Harbour City, a large format integrated township opposite NTPC at Visakhapatnam. It will be spread over 149 acres and will have 1,044 independent houses. Prajay Engineers is investing Rs 55 crore (Rs 550 million) in the project.

    Naturally, there is a buzz in real estate development in Visakhapatnam, especially as these residential projects are being received so well.

    Some of the projects have seen 65-85 per cent bookings within the first two months of launching, says Malvika Chandra, head research at Knight Frank India.

    The rates too have see a steady growth in this market over the last two years. "We expect the residential rates in Visakhapatnam to see a good 25-30 per cent growth over the next 2-3 years," says Chandra. Time to say, three cheers to investors?
    - vijaykb98, 3 years ago
  • Rs 500 cr for beach project

    Visakhapatnam, Jan. 18: The Centre has sanctioned Rs 500 crores for taking up beach protection works during the 11th plan period. The Central government earmarked Rs 7,000 crores to Rs 8,000 crores for national flood management plan of which Rs 500 crores have been allocated for coastal protection works. This was disclosed by the chairman of Coastal Protection and Development Action Committee (CPDAC) S.K. Agrawal who held a meeting with the representatives of maritime States here on Thursday.

    Addressing the meeting, Mr Agrawal said during the last plan period the coastal protection was not taken up effectively due to paucity of funds. A fillip has been given during the 11th plan period due to the tsunami. He asked the maritime State governments to prepare beach profiles and enforce coastal regulation zone notification in letter and spirit. Mr Agarwal also asked the States to identify vulnerable areas and initiate corrective measures.

    He said that of the Rs 500 crores, the Central government would provide 75 per cent and the remaining 25 per cent has to be borne by the State governments. A pilot project has been initiated in Maharashtra for which Rs 2.3 crores has been sanctioned. Works have also been initiated by the Orissa government, he added. This was the tenth meeting of the committee. The previous meeting was held at Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Beach developmental activities being taken up by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Orissa and Maharashtra were also discussed in the meeting.
    - Babji, 3 years ago
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    Fog continues to dog air passengers

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The ordeal for the air passengers at Visakhapatnam airport seems to be never ending. Last year the passengers were stuck due to the flooding of the runway during monsoon and this time they are stranded for the second consecutive day for low visibility due to smog.

    For the second day in succession all flights were cancelled on Sunday leaving over 800 passengers including a number of foreign passengers high and dry. According to sources flights either did not take off from the originating destination or were diverted without touching Visakhapatnam.
    Low visibility : The visibility on Sunday was below 1,500 metres, much lower than that of Saturday when it climbed up to 3,000 by the afternoon.

    As per sources the minimum visibility should be at least 5,000 metres in case of this airport, as it is surrounded by hills and in the absence of ILS (instrument landing system).

    The ILS is likely to be operational in two or three week's time.

    On Sunday all the air operators announced the withdrawal of flights by noon. There are about nine flights of different companies operating from this airport on a daily basis and all the passengers had to collect their baggage and go back cursing. The same was the case on Saturday.

    No boarding passes : As none of the operators had issued boarding passes it was left to the passengers to decide whether they would cancel their tickets and look for an alternate means of transport or wait for the smog to clear for the flights to operate.

    "Many passengers who were staying in our hotel booked cars to reach Hyderabad or Chennai. A few Chinese who were stuck booked a Scorpio to reach Hyderabad on Sunday afternoon and a few opted for the Volvo or the train," informed Jaideep Biswas of The Park.
    - Babji, 3 years ago
  • Team to calibrate Vizag ILS next week (

    --DGCA to certify after making a personal visit
    --Lights for night landing by Feb. 15

    The five-member technical team including the pilot and co-pilot of the Dornier aircraft of the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to calibrate the Instrument Landing System (ILS) in the new 10,000-feet runway, all put up at a cost of Rs.200 crore in the Visakhapatnam airport, is likely to arrive in the city next week.

    Sources said the team headed by an officer in the rank of DGM would calibrate the ILS and other equipment from their technical aircraft and present their report to the DGCA who in turn would make a personal visit to the airport before certifying that the ILS is fit for use. Since the airport, barring the terminal building and the aircraft parking bay, is under the control of the Indian Navy - INS Dega, the air traffic control would be in the hands of the navy and maintenance of ILS would be taken care of by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). With regard to the ongoing work to install lights for night landing facility, sources said it would be over by Feb.15 and there was no need to get certificate from any authority for its usage. Both the ILS and night landing facility might come into operation simultaneously, it is said.

    The ILS, which is ground-based, broadcasts very precise directional signals. These signals provide a lateral and vertical path to the runway to a distance of 18 nautical miles from the runway. The ILS broadcasts marker beacons that are directed upward within a relatively narrow space. These beacons serve as checkpoints to tell the pilot the airplane's position and even advice when to lower the landing gear.

    In the aircraft there will be a glide slope receiver and a marker-beacon receiver that enables the pilot to use the ILS. Perfect and most safe landing even under poor visibility and bad weather is possible when the aircraft uses the ILS, sources said.
    - cbeboy, 3 years ago
  • Brandix begins production at VSEZ (

    Brandix India, which is setting up an apparel city at Atchyuthapuram in Visakhapatnam district on 1,000 acres allotted by the State Government, has started commercial production at the temporary facility in the Visakhapatnam special economic zone (VSEZ), according to a company release.

    The unit was inaugurated recently at VSEZ, Duvvada in the presence of Mr Udena Wickremasooriya, one of the Directors, the release added. During the past few months, the company has trained a total of 400 women in apparel making and has appointed 222 of them. The export of lingerie brands would begin this month
    - cbeboy, 3 years ago
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    Paramount Airways starts services from city today

    BANGALORE: Paramount Airways, promoted by the Paramount Group of Coimbatore, will connect Bangalore to Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam from Wednesday.

    Announcing the launch here on Tuesday, Paramount Managing Director M. Thiagarajan told presspersons that within one-and-a-half years of commencing the operation, the airline has connected all major cities in South India. "Our goal is to have Paramount's pan-India presence by 2008 end, by which time we will be having 15 new brand new Embraer aircraft," Mr. Thiagarajan said.

    The airline at present has a fleet of five aircraft, connects eight destinations and operates 48 flights carrying 3,000 passengers daily. Also, Paramount would introduce direct flight to Thiruvananthapuram from Bangalore via Kochi in two months. The airline is examining to bring Mangalore in Karnataka in its route network, he added. Mr. Thiagarajan said the airline was committed to operate services to small cities in southern States .

    The Hyderabad-Bangalore flight will leave Hyderabad at 6.50 a.m. to reach Bangalore at 7.50 a.m.

    It leaves Bangalore at 8.30 a.m. and reaches Hyderabad at 9.30 a.m. before leaving for Visakhapatnam at 9.55 a.m. It reaches Vishakapatnam at 10.55 a.m.

    For details and booking tickets, call toll free number 1800 180 1234 or log on to
    - Babji, 3 years ago
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    RINL plans expansion

    HYDERABAD: Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL), the holding company of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, has announced major plans for expanding its capacity from the existing 3.6 million tonnes to 16 million tonnes in the next decade involving an expenditure of Rs. 25,000 crores.
    To begin with, the company will expand its capacity to 6.8 million tonnes by the end of financial year 2008-09 with an investment of Rs. 5,500 crores, bids for which will be finalised by the end of March.

    This will be followed by creation of additional capacity in the next fiscal with an outlay of Rs. 2,500 crores and the VSP is planning to submit proposals for expansion to the Union Steel Ministry for necessary approvals shortly.

    Addressing a press conference here on Friday, RINL Chairman and Managing Director Y. Siva Sagar Rao said the company had deposits of over Rs. 6,500 crores and generating cash of over Rs. 2,000 crores annually. It was proposed to take up the expansion at 1:1 debt equity ratio.

    Gross sales :The company had registered gross sales of Rs. 6,143 crores, up 10.9 per cent compared to Rs. 5,817 crores of the previous year, during the first nine months of the current financial year ending December. The gross margin during the period was Rs. 1,728 crores and the profit before tax was Rs. 1,428 crores.
    - Babji, 3 years ago
  • Biocon to invest Rs. 500 cr. in Visakhapatnam SEZ

    Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon, India's leading biotechnology enterprise, on Friday announced investment of about Rs. 500 crores for setting up a biopharmaceutical unit in Jawahar Pharma City, a Special Economic Zone near Visakhapatnam.

    She told presspersons that work on the project forming part of its expansion plans, could begin in six months employing 500 persons in the first phase.
    - Anniyan, 3 years ago
  • Jawahar Pharma City, a Special Economic Zone near Visakhapatnam.

    :bash: The AP Congress govt is not sparing even SEZ's.
    - Luckystreak, 3 years ago
  • well, in Congress Raj, except for the Nehru-Gandhi family, there is no other notable personality in India. what about Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Sardar Bhagat Singh, PV Narsimha Rao, Chandrasekhar Venkatraman, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, Lala Lajpat Rai, and many such other ppl????? all these names are languishing in history books.
    - pding, 2 years ago
  • IBM Daksh to invest in BPO Center in Vizag

    Link to news...... (

    NEW DELHI: Bullish on India's talent pool, IBM Daksh is planning to expand its operations by setting-up a new delivery centre in Vizag soon.

    “We will be launching a facility in Vizag, as it is a good tier II city for expansion. We will make a formal announcement soon,” IBM Daksh CEO, Pavan Vaish told ET.
    The company has 17 delivery centers across seven cities in India and Philippines. Its facilities are spread across Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata, Chandigarh and Manila.

    “From a BPO standpoint, India serves more as a hub to export services worldwide than as a market itself. However, Mr Vaish and his team are in the process of building the native operations as well, and we have some interesting clients on board.

    On the whole we are bullish on India for its enormous talent pool,” Mr Erich Clementi, general manager, managed business process services, IBM Corporation said.
    - kvijayasundaram, 2 years ago
  • Biocon to invest Rs. 500 cr. in Visakhapatnam SEZ

    Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon, India's leading biotechnology enterprise, on Friday announced investment of about Rs. 500 crores for setting up a biopharmaceutical unit in Jawahar Pharma City, a Special Economic Zone near Visakhapatnam.

    She told presspersons that work on the project forming part of its expansion plans, could begin in six months employing 500 persons in the first phase.

    ... 50-acre site in the SEZ in Atchutapuram mandal in Visakhapatnam district... This marks a significant development, as Biocon is one of the major anchor investors in this SEZ, being developed by Ramky...

    Good news for Vizag and the coastal districts of AP. This would give a major boost to the Biotech and Pharmaceutical aspirants and enterprenuers of the region.
    - Babji, 2 years ago
  • Biocon plans Rs 1000 cr plant in Andhra Pradesh
    BS Reporter in Hyderabad | February 17, 2007 12:10 IST (

    In a major boost to the biotechnology profile of Andhra Pradesh, Bangalore-based Biocon has announced plans to set up a vaccine biopharma manufacturing plant and a high-end R&D facility at an investment of Rs 1,000 crore (Rs 10 billion).
    ... manufacturing facility would be located in the Jawahar Pharma City, a pharma SEZ near Visakhapatnam, the R&D facility would be set up in the phase 3 biotech park near Hyderabad.

    ... Y S Rajasekhara Reddy handed over the allotment letter for 50-acre land in the Vizag Pharma City ...
    The biopharma major is also acquiring 10 acres of land for the research facility in the biotech park...

    Though the chief minister's office maintained that the investment proposed by the company was about Rs 1,000 crore, Shaw, however told the media that Rs 500 crore (Rs 5 billion) would be invested in the Visakhapatnam facility... About 500 employees would be recruited in the first phase...

    Over 2,000-acre Vizag Pharma City, being jointly developed by Ramkey Group and APIIC, has state-of-the-art facilities, including a common effluent treatment plant, besides park-level environmental clearance from the Centre that will help the company start the project work just in two-three months, official pointed out... Several companies both local as well as outside the country such as SNF Chemicals of France have already acquired land in the park.
    - Babji, a year ago
  • hmmm.....nice. finally Biocon realises the potential of AP. gov't has been lobbying with them heavily to invest here. and they realise now that they can't have all their eggs in one basket.
    - pding, 5 months ago
  • Ras Al Khaimah announces plan to build $2b smelter in Vizag (

    UAE emirate, Andhra Pradesh in $2 bln aluminium JV (

    DUBAI (Reuters) - The UAE emirate of Ras al-Khaimah said on Thursday it had agreed with the government of Andhra Pradesh to develop an alumina refinery and an aluminium smelter in the state at a cost of $2 billion.

    Under the initial agreement, the refinery will have a capacity to produce 1 million tonnes a year of alumina from the state's 550 million tonnes of the raw material, bauxite, the state investment arm of Ras al-Khaimah said in a statement.

    "The production will mostly be for export to international markets," Khater Massaad, chief executive of the Ras al-Khaimah Investment Authority, told Reuters.

    The planned smelter near Visakhapatnam will have a capacity of 250,000 tonnes a year, with the possibility it could be doubled later, the authority said. A planned power station for the project will be coal fired, Massaad said.

    Construction of the plants will start in August and be completed in or before 2010, Massaad said, adding that the cost would be $2 billion.

    Ras al-Khaimah is a member of the United Arab Emirates federation.
    - Luckystreak, in a month
  • Interesting to see how a UAE company can have access to the bauxite deposits in the district, when Hinduja (which also planned a similar plant) had problems accessing them because of protests by the tribals.
    - Luckystreak, in a month
  • HPCL to invest $1.5bn in Vizag plant (

    Public sector Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) is planning to invest $1.5 billion in its petrochemical complex project, featuring refinery, naphtha cracker and aromatic plant.

    The company proposes to forge separate joint ventures with overseas and domestic companies for each of these individual projects, according to O P Pradhan, general manager, corporate planning and strategy, HPCL.

    "We are currently in talks with several overseas companies for JVs in Vizag project," he told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar on natural gas and petrochemical infrastructure development opportunities in Andhra.

    The company will hold majority share holding in all the three components of the Vizag project. However the equity pattern is still to be finalised, he said.

    The company has joined the Visakhapatnam Petroleum, chemicals and petrochemicals investment region(AP PCPIR) as the anchor client with a proposed establishment of 9 mmpta capacity refinery project costing Rs 10,900 crore which is scheduled to be operational by the year 2010-11 besides expanding existing Vizag refinery's capacity to 9 mmpta from the present 7.5 mmpta.

    Pradhan also said that the company would talk to ONGC, which proposing to establish a 15 mmpta oil refinery at Kakinada, to share the naphtha cracker plant proposed by HPCL at Vizag.

    HPCL and ONGC are expected to invest about Rs 30,000 crore and Rs 22,000 crore respectively in a ten year time frame in Andhra operations.
    - Luckystreak, in a month
  • `Expansion' is the buzzword for VSP till 2018 (

    Visakhapatnam Steel Plant has launched a corporate plan to enhance its production capacity to 16 million tonnes with a total investment of Rs.26,000 crores by 2017-18.

    The board has also approved to expand its capacity to 8.5 million tonnes by 2010-11. It is now implementing expansion of the present capacity to 6.3 million tonnes at a cost of Rs.8,692 crores in 36 months.

    The corporate plan was launched by Secretary of the Ministry of Steel R.S. Pandey at the silver jubilee fete here on Sunday. "RINL has a glorious future with its rich experience and expertise.

    Today, it has become one of the leading producers of low-cost steel and it will become the cheapest steel-maker once it gets captive iron ore mines," he said.

    According to VSP's long-term plan, it will meet the required funds for achieving 16 million tonne capacity with internal accruals.

    The funding for the ambitious plan will be mobilised at the rate of 1:1 debt equity ratio, VSP Chairman and Managing Director Y. Siva Sagar Rao said.

    Clears obstacles

    The VSP was set up after the `Visakha Ukku Andhrula Hakku' agitation spearheaded by late Tenneti Viswanadham in late 60s.

    The agitation claimed the lives of 32 people following which the Centre announced the establishment of VSP. Though the stone was laid in 1971, the actual work began when Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister.

    During the worldwide slump, it faced the worst-ever crisis during early 90s due to accumulated losses and heavy interest liability on the loans advanced by the Government. The overheads turned very high due to inordinate delay in grounding the project.

    The stage came to such a pass that it had faced the threat of getting referred to Board of Industrial Finance and Reconstruction with accumulated losses almost touching half of total share capital base.

    However, overcoming all the the hurdles, it turned into a zero debt company and wiped out all its accumulated losses.

    With the economy having a boom time and the infrastructure sector needing heavy quantity of steel, VSP is also in a comfortable position now.


    After achieving turnaround in 2002-03, it is posting net profit every year. It has increased from Rs.521 crores in 2002-03 to Rs.2,008 crores in 2004-05. The accumulated losses were wiped out in 2005-06 to make it a `net positive company.' The net profit after tax was Rs.1,252 crores in 2005-06. The company registered the highest sales turnover of Rs.8,482 crores in 2005-06.

    As part of expansion plan, it will increase capacity to 13 million tonnes by 2014-15 and 16 million tonnes by 2017-18. The National Steel Policy also envisages that the steel production in the country will go up to 110 million tonnes by 2020 with GDP growth projected at nine to 10 per cent.
    - cbeboy, in 2 months
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    Kolkata on RTC's scanner

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation will soon introduce a high-speed air-conditioned Volvo bus service to Kolkata from Visakhapatnam and back. Two buses, which are under fabrication, would be deployed in either direction and they will complete the 875-km journey in about 15 hours.

    RTC Visakhapatnam regional manager N. Venkateswara Rao said the buses were being introduced as per the inter-state agreement between the AP and West Bengal governments. The bus would have stoppages at Berhampur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Balasore and Kharagpur.
    India is among the top 10 markets for Volvo in the world. The 45-seater rear-engine buses ply even at 110 km per hour without jerk, noise and rattles. Besides, they have air suspension, cozy seats and A-V entertainment.
    - Babji, in 3 months
  • The volvo bus is great, but how can it go "high speed" on a highway like GQ where one comes across all kinds of obstructions every few kilometers.

    Nevertheless, having a bus service is a good idea.
    - ramkan, in 3 months
  • ... will complete the 875-km journey in about 15 hours.
    ... stoppages at Berhampur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Balasore and Kharagpur...
    six stoppages enroute @ avg 30 min halt each will be like 3 hours resting time.
    so, they will cover 875 km in (15-3) 12 hrs. approx 73 kmph.
    perhaps that is doable, since most part of the NH5 is 4-lane.
    - Babji, in 3 months
  • May be possible during night times. But an average of 73 km/hr is still high on GQ. I hope they considered all safety aspects.
    - ramkan, in 3 months
    Indian National Expressway 1
    ...The Ahmedabad-Vadodara Highway is a major artery of public transport connecting the cities of Ahmedabad and Vadodara, also known as Baroda in the state of Gujarat, India...

    This expressway has 2 lane each side and one service lane. there are only two exit provided for Nadiad(50 km from Vadodara)and Anand(35 km from Vadodara). It is of international standard. Though the speed limit for car is 100 km/h you can often see the cars with faster speed due to less traffic. 80kmph
    one of our best roads, the Mumbai Pune Expressway, sees a fair amount of accidents. In 2006 more than sixty people died on this road. We’ve seen cars traveling at 140 kms per hour (speed limit is 80)
    (indicates speed limits for cars: 90 kmph, and for truckers: 65kmph ...)

    ps: looks like speed limits are not usually posted on most parts of GQ, though they do have some numbers in the official documentation. so, may be, actual speed limits depend on local road and traffic conditions.
    - Babji, in 4 months
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    RTC launches Garuda service to Garden City

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam region of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) on Thursday fulfilled the long-felt need of the Kannadigas in the city by introducing a direct air-conditioned Volvo bus to Bangalore. This is basically an extension of the existing Visakhapatnam-Tirupati bus service. The Volvo, named as `Garuda' by the RTC, would cover the distance, about 1,150 km. in 19 hours.

    This is three-and-a-half hours less than the travel time in the Prasanti Express train. RTC executive director (Vizianagaram and Vijayawada zone) C. Damodara Dass, who flagged off the bus along with regional manager N. Venkateswara Rao, said there were plans to introduce Volvo services to Kolkata and Raipur too. He also inaugurated one more super luxury service to Hyderabad from the city and a Pallevelugu bus on the Visakhapatnam - Araku route.

    The Bangalore bus, which will have stoppages at Vijayawada and Tirupati, will leave Visakhapatnam at 1.30 p.m. and reach the Garden City at 8.30 a.m. The timing will be the same in the reverse direction also, whereas the Prasanti Express leaves Vizag at 11.30 a.m. and reaches Bangalore city station at 10 a.m. next day. In the Volvo the fare is Rs.1,092 for adults and Rs.819 for children.

    In Prasanti Express the fare for an adult in air-conditioned three-tier coach is Rs.1,020 and in sleeper class it is Rs.373...

    1,150 km. in 19 hours with two stoppages. (one hour each max...)
    that is like 1,150 km in 17 hours, approx 70 kmph ...
    - Babji, in 4 months
  • Plea to commission new runway at Vizag airport (

    There is an urgent need to commission the new runway at Visakhapatnam airport and to facilitate night landing of aircraft, according to Mr N. Janardhana Reddy, the member of the Lok Sabha from Visakhapatnam.

    In separate letters to the Union Defence Minister, Mr A.K Antony, and the Union Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Praful Patel, he pointed out that the expansion of the airport had been taken up jointly by the Indian Navy, the Andhra Pradesh Government and the Airports Authority of India at a cost of Rs 191 crore.

    He said in the letters, "As a part of the expansion project, the construction of the new 10,000-feet long runway has been completed more than a month ago. However, it has to be inspected and cleared by the DGCA and the Navy and the instrument landing system (ILS) is also awaiting clearance. I appeal to you to complete these procedures as soon as possible to facilitate commissioning of the new runway and for creating night landing facilities at the airport."

    He said the matter brooked no delay, as many airlines were ready and eager to operate flights from Vizag in view of the growing importance of the city as a major industrial and IT centre, besides being a sought-after tourist destination.

    He expressed displeasure at the procedural delays in commissioning the new runway and urged the Ministers to expedite matters.
    - cbeboy, in 4 months
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    Kolkata on RTC's scanner

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation will soon introduce a high-speed air-conditioned Volvo bus service to Kolkata from Visakhapatnam and back. Two buses, which are under fabrication, would be deployed in either direction and they will complete the 875-km journey in about 15 hours. ......

    RTC launches Garuda service to Garden City

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam region of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) on Thursday fulfilled the long-felt need of the Kannadigas in the city by introducing a direct air-conditioned Volvo bus to Bangalore. This is basically an extension of the existing Visakhapatnam-Tirupati bus service. The Volvo, named as `Garuda' by the RTC, would cover the distance, about 1,150 km. in 19 hours.

    Great going APSRTC :okay:

    But their sevices in Hyderabad - Mumbai route are not sufficent. :ohno:

    APTDC wins over APSRTC in this route in terms of number of services.

    Sibling rivalry. :hahaha:
    - p.raghavendra6, in 4 months
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    Team to calibrate Vizag ILS next week

    VISAKHAPATNAM : The five-member technical team including the pilot and co-pilot of the Dornier aircraft of the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to calibrate the Instrument Landing System (ILS) in the new 10,000-feet runway, all put up at a cost of Rs.200 crore in the Visakhapatnam airport, is likely to arrive in the city next week.

    Sources said the team headed by an officer in the rank of DGM would calibrate the ILS and other equipment from their technical aircraft and present their report to the DGCA who in turn would make a personal visit to the airport before certifying that the ILS is fit for use. Since the airport, barring the terminal building and the aircraft parking bay, is under the control of the Indian Navy - INS Dega, the air traffic control would be in the hands of the navy and maintenance of ILS would be taken care of by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). With regard to the ongoing work to install lights for night landing facility, sources said it would be over by Feb.15 and there was no need to get certificate from any authority for its usage. Both the ILS and night landing facility might come into operation simultaneously, it is said.

    The ILS, which is ground-based, broadcasts very precise directional signals. These signals provide a lateral and vertical path to the runway to a distance of 18 nautical miles from the runway. The ILS broadcasts marker beacons that are directed upward within a relatively narrow space. These beacons serve as checkpoints to tell the pilot the airplane's position and even advice when to lower the landing gear.

    In the aircraft there will be a glide slope receiver and a marker-beacon receiver that enables the pilot to use the ILS. Perfect and most safe landing even under poor visibility and bad weather is possible when the aircraft uses the ILS, sources said.
    - Babji, in 5 months
  • Traffic throughput up in Vizag port (

    Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) hopes to handle a little less than 57 million tonnes (mt) of traffic in 2006-07 compared with 55.8 mt handled in 2005-06. VPT, thus, is set to emerge as the country's largest cargo-handling port for seventh year in succession. Till now, the throughput has been 51.81 mt compared with 51.38 mt in the corresponding period of 2005-06, or up by 4.43 lakh tonnes (lt).

    "The jump in traffic throughputs has been achieved despite the hit we took during the year on two fronts, namely, iron ore exports and coal imports," Mr K. Ratna Kishore, Chairman, VPT, told Business Line over phone from Visakhapatnam. The drop in iron ore export, as he pointed out, was about 2.3 mt and that in coal import, covering both coking coal and steam coal, nearly eight lt. The thermal coal for coastal shipment too, was down by 2.8 lt. The drop in iron ore exports was partly made up by the rise in coastal shipments of pellets by Essar by 1.1 mt, he said.

    VPT, according to its Chairman, posted significant improvement in the handling of crude — so far up by about 1.7 mt at 8.6 mt. "The transhipment crude traffic, so far 3.3 mt as compared to four mt in the same period last year, has been of great help and we have started handling VLCCs (very large crude carriers) recently," he said.

    Fertilisers import at 2.58 mt so far against the target of 2.6 mt for the whole year too, had been significant. The throughputs of other cargoes were up by about half a million tonnes.

    In terms of other parameters also, the port performed better than last year. Thus, average turnaround time dropped to 3.72 days from 3.93 days in the last year and the output per ship berth day improved to 10,584 tonnes (10,287 tonnes). The port recently navigated Panamax vessel into the inner harbour and from April 1, Panamax vessel requiring 11-metre draft would be handled at six berth including two BOT berths.
    - cbeboy, in 6 months
  • Apollo to invest Rs 400 cr in new projects (

    Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd intends to invest Rs 400 crore over the next two years in new projects. The company has Rs 160 crore of internal resources and intends to raise $50 million (Rs 220 crore) of debt abroad, the company's Director-Finance, Ms Suneeta Reddy, told the press here on Saturday.

    The new projects include two hospitals in Chennai, one each in Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad, and one in Bhubhaneshwar.
    - cbeboy, in 6 months
  • Vizag runway ready for take-off (

    The new runway at Visakhapatnam airport is ready and, if all procedures are completed, it may be inaugurated by the Telugu New Year's Day (Ugadi), on March 20. This marks a significant phase in the growth of the city as an industrial centre, IT hub and a tourist destination.

    For the past three-four years, the Vizag airport has been in the news, mostly for the wrong reasons — frequent disruption of flights in winter due to poor visibility or inundations during monsoon.

    Mr N. Janardhana Reddy, MP from Visakhapatnam, said he had raised the issue of the Vizag runway in the House during zero hour and Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Praful Patel, had assured him that the remaining procedures would be completed at the earliest and the runway commissioned.

    The expansion of the airport, and the construction of a new runway, was taken up when the Telugu Desam Party Government was in power more than four years ago and it was completed this January.

    The Instrument Landing System has also been set up at the runway, which is under the control of the Navy. The expansion project was jointly taken up by the Navy, the Airports Authority of India and the State Government.

    The AAI's flight inspection unit, which calibrates the ILS and certifies its validity, has to complete the procedure. "We are hopeful that the procedures may be completed before Ugadi (March 20) or at least by month-end. Several airlines such as Paramount and Air Deccan have finalised their summer schedules and plan to operate night flights from Vizag," Mr Janardhana Reddy said.

    Once the 10,000-foot runway is cleared for operation, wide-bodied aircraft will be able to land and take-off even at nights and when the visibility is not so good.

    "It will trigger the growth of Vizag as a modern city and tourist destination. It is a good sign that the AAI has signed an agreement with the State Government for the expansion of Rajahmundry and Vijayawada airports as well. These three airports will play a crucial role in the growth of the entire Krishna-Godavari region, rich in natural resources, especially oil and gas," he said.

    Mr Reddy said Mr Praful Patel had also assured him that the new airport terminal would be completed by the year-end and efforts would be made to provide all the amenities and facilities to attract more airlines to operate from Vizag.
    - cbeboy, in 7 months
  • Vizag airport to get night landing tech

    Visakhapatnam: Vizag airport is all set to have night and instrument landing facilities shortly. The calibration of the technology would be conducted on March 25 paving the way for operation of bigger aircraft and night landing. Two airlines have proposed to operate services in the night, but the Navy is reportedly reluctant to allow operations after 3 pm, reports our correspondent.
    - Babji, in 2 years
  • All set for circular train ride on Kailasagiri (

    The stage is set for the introduction of a circular train on Kailasagiri, a popular tourist spot here, by the month-end. The attractive, luxury coaches for the train arrived here on Sunday. They were built at Vijayawada and brought here by road.

    The Rs 4-crore circular train project was awarded to Sarada Roadways on BOT basis by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority for a period of 22 years. Mr V. Gopalakrishna Prasad, the CEO of the company, said the train would be launched by the end of the month.

    Three coaches - one AC coach and the other two non-AC - would be plied on the 2-km track being laid on the hilltop. "The project should have been commissioned by the end of February. But the uneven terrain necessitated several changes in alignments and hence the one-month delay," he said.

    Commenting on the attractive coaches, he said it took ten months for him to design the coaches.

    "The transparent sidewalls are made of tinted and toughened sliding glass. The panel is of galvanised iron sheets, while aluminium alloy is used for elevation. The vinyl flooring, the foam seats, the flickering lights on either side of the coach and the soft music make the half-hour ride a pleasant experience to the visitors," he said.

    There will be three stations and stops along the route, for visitors to catch a panoramic glimpse of the city with the Bay of Bengal in the backdrop. "I am sure it will be a hit with the tourists," he added.

    There is also a ropeway at Kailasagiri.
    - cbeboy, in 2 years
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    ECoR set to reach milestone, says GM

    VISAKHAPATNAM : The East Coast Railway will reach the five million tonnes mark in goods traffic by the end of this financial year, according to its General Manager S.S. Khurana here on Tuesday...

    Divisional railway manager of Waltair Indra Ghosh said a new reservation complex would be built in the station premises at a cost of Rs.1 crore and four to five additional counters would be opened in the general booking area.

    Facilities would be provided on platform No. 6, from which important trains like Godavari express were being operated once work on platform No. 4 was completed. An old over-bridge on the north side of the station would be extended to platform No. 6 for the convenience of the passengers.
    - Babji, in 3 years
  • Satyam Computers' Vizag centre getting ready (

    Information technology sector here is set for a major thrust forward, as the Satyam Computers centre at the TB hospital junction on the national highway is getting ready for inauguration, according to Mr D. Haranatha Reddy, Zonal Manager (Projects) of AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd.

    In an interview here, he said the Satyam Computers centre might be opened towards the month-end or during the next month. It may get operational on a full scale in one or two months.

    "It marks a major milestone, as the State Government is attempting aggressively to promote Vizag as a very attractive option among tier-two cities in the country. The entry of a major company is always welcome. Earlier, of course, HSBC set up a call centre. Satyam would be the second major entering Vizag," he said.

    He said Satyam Computers was granted 6.5 acres of land near the TB hospital junction and Wipro seven acres. "Wipro has started work on the project and it may take a year or more for it to get going. According to the norm laid down by the State Government, each IT company should generate at least 100 direct jobs for each acre of land allotted to it, but we are sure both the companies will generate many more jobs," he said.

    Smaller IT companies, he said, were allotted sites on two hillocks on the Vizag-Bheemli road in the vicinity of the Rushikonda beach. "Six companies have started construction work. They are smaller units, getting one or two acres of land on the hillocks. Fifteen more companies have been allotted sites. Kennexa Technologies is by far the biggest unit there, getting 25 acres of land. The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) is developing the infrastructure there," he said and added that SEZ status would be accorded to the units.

    Twin IT towers

    On the twin IT towers proposed on the beach road here, Mr Haranatha Reddy said the legal problem with regard to the site had been overcome, but the lowest bidder had backed out.

    The project had suffered a delay due to the reason, but it would be pursued, he said.
    - cbeboy, in 3 years
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    L&T bags Rs. 1,400 crore EPC order

    CHENNAI : Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (L&T) and its international consortium partners of Paul Wurth Italia and India have bagged an EPC (Engineer-Procure-Construct) order, valued at over Rs. 1,400 crore for the expansion of Vizag Steel plant of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd. According to a release, this is the largest single-value EPC order by the client and was bagged against stiff international competition.
    - Babji, in 3 years
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    East Coast Railway computerises freight operations

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Senior Divisional Commercial Railway Manager K.C. Pradhan handed over the freight operations information system (FOIS) generated computerised railway receipt to officials of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant recently.

    The VSP contributed Rs. 250 crores to the Waltair division of the East Coast Railway (EcoR) per annum towards the freight for carriage of finished steel products to various destinations...
    - Babji, in 3 years
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    Night-landing facility for Vizag airport

    HYDERABAD: Night landing facility for aircraft at the Visakhapatnam airport will become operational by next month.

    The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is deputing its calibration unit to Vizag on March 23 to check the feasibility and it is expected to submit its report by this month-end. While Paramount Airlines, which is operating one flight daily in the morning now, has already sought permission to operate flights in the night to the port city, at least five other airlines companies have also evinced interest in availing themselves of the facility, it is learnt.

    Agreement : This facility is part of the expansion plan of Visakhapatnam airport which is perennially dogged by the problem of cancellation and delay of flights due to bad weather and fog.

    The AAI and the State Government have entered into an agreement to wrap up the expansion plan of the airport by 2007. The project has been jointly taken up by the Ministry of Defence, the AAI and the State Government at a cost of Rs.191.52 crores. The expansion of the runway will also facilitate landing of wide-bodied aircraft like Boeing 767. The new terminal building will have the capacity of handling 700 persons an hour.

    A spacious concourse, check-in counters, frisking booths, duty-free shopping, elevators, escalators, restaurants and bars and child care rooms and boarding bridges will be the new features that are bound to delight the passengers soon.
    - Babji, in 3 years
  • Infotech setting up development centre in Vizag (

    Infotech Enterprises Ltd is setting up a development centre in the IT park at Rushikonda near here and it will become operational in roughly a year's time, according to Mr B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director.

    He told reporters here on Saturday that five acres of land has been allotted to the company at the Rushikonda IT park and Infotech has applied for approval by the Visakhapatnam Development Authority (VUDA).

    "Once we get the approval, we will start work on the project. Initially, we will take 250 engineers or so. We will concentrate mainly on marine engineering work in the centre," Mr Reddy said.

    Substantial expertise

    He said the investment on setting up the centre may be in the range of Rs 30-35 crore. Earlier, in February, the company had set up a centre at Kakinada Software Technology Park of India and "the response at Kakinada has been very encouraging".

    Over the past 15 years, he said, Infotech has achieved substantial domain expertise in engineering design services and different areas such as aerospace technology, locomotives, geospatial solutions for telecom sector and utilities.

    He said the company's turnover amounted to Rs 540 crore and it was is growing annually at the rate of 35 per cent. Mainly, he said, the company had has developed two focused verticals — EMI (engineering, manufacturing and industrial products) and UTG (utilities, transport and government).

    Mr Reddy said the company has development centres in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Noida, and two abroad. The Hyderabad centre was being expanded, as another facility was being set up on 10 acres of land at Manikonda in addition to the existing two towers. Currently, there were 3,200 employees in Hyderabad and a thousand more may be added.
    - cbeboy, in 3 years
  • Infotech setting up development centre in Vizag (

    Infotech Enterprises Ltd is setting up a development centre in the IT park at Rushikonda near here and it will become operational in roughly a year's time, according to Mr B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director.

    He told reporters here on Saturday that five acres of land has been allotted to the company at the Rushikonda IT park and Infotech has applied for approval by the Visakhapatnam Development Authority (VUDA).

    ... Earlier, in February, the company had set up a centre at Kakinada Software Technology Park of India and "the response at Kakinada has been very encouraging".

    Mr Reddy said the company has development centres in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Noida, and two abroad. The Hyderabad centre was being expanded, as another facility was being set up on 10 acres of land at Manikonda in addition to the existing two towers. Currently, there were 3,200 employees in Hyderabad and a thousand more may be added.
    - Babji, in 4 years
  • Govt proposes fourth site for Vizag airport
    Monday March 26 2007 00:00 IST Newindpress
    HYDERABAD: The State Government has proposed a fourth site for locating the international airport near the port city of Visakhapatnam in addition to the three already suggested to the Airport Authority of India (AAI). The site suggested now is in Bhogapuram mandal in Vizianagaram district with an area of 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) and is 2 km wide and 5 km long. It lies between the Bay of Bengal coast and NH 5. The site is 55 km from the city of Visakhapatnam and located near Chapala Kancheru and Mukkam villages close to the sea shore. The land cost is said to be around Rs 6 lakh per acre.

    The AAI has already decided to conduct techno economic feasibility study for the three sites suggested earlier - Sabbavaram, Achyutapuram and Koruprolu - in Visakhapatnam district...
    “The site at Bhogapuram is dry agricultural belt and, more or less, uniformly level ground sloping towards the sea,'' official sources told this website’s newspaper. Sabbavaram is 30 km from the city where the officials have identified some 3,500 acres. This site, which is within the limits of Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority, is presently under cultivation. It is completely flat and about one km from the state highway which is to be made into a four-lane soon. The 4,000 acres identified at Achyuthapuram, which is 60 km from the city, is also suitable for the airport from technical point of view as it is located about 10 km away from the nearest hill on the western side. The other site at Koruprolu, which is around 2,000 acres and located four km from the NH 5, is also favourable for development of the airport. It is situated 80 km from Visakhapatnam and also Kakinada...

    The need for a new airport has become necessary in view of the frequent inundation of the existing airport by the flood waters of Meghadrigedda reservoir, especially during rainy season. Further, there is no scope for developing the present airport on par with international airports as availability of the land for future expansion is scarce. Another reason that forced the State Government to have a second airport in Visakhapatnam was the reputation it was gaining as the second important hi-tech city in the state with a world class sea port catering to the exports and imports of huge quantities of cargo besides housing the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command, Hindustan Ship Yard and the upcoming Gangavaram Port in private sector.
    Bhogapuram Vznm dist 2,500 acres 55 km from the city
    Sabbavaram ======= 3,500 acres 30 km from the city
    Achyuthapuram ==== 4,000 acres 60 km from the city
    Koruprolu ========= 2,000 acres 80 km from Vizag city and also Kakinada...
    - Babji, in 4 years
  • Runway test conducted at Vizag airport
    Deccan Chronicle

    Visakhapatnam: A technical team of the airline Indian from New Delhi conducted a series tests on the new runway at the airport here to check if it can handle large aircraft, reports our correspondent. The team ran the surface friction test to check for gripping, loading and friction on the runway on Monday. On April 2, a team comprising officials from the Director-General of Civil Aviation, Airports Authority of India and Indian will conduct calibration tests. Indian is checking if it can operate Airbus 219 and 320 aircraft.

    Paramount Airways which announced its schedule including night flights from March 26 will have to wait for a few days. The airport could get all certifications and technical approvals by the second week of april, sources said. The new terminal would be completed by June 2008. “We can have a good airport with all facilities by then,” said D. Varada Reddy, president of the Vizag chapter of the Air Travellers Association of India.
    - Babji, in 4 years
  • Smaller Indian cities to emerge as the next outsourcing hubs (

    Move over Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai, lesser-known Indian cities, such as Kochi and Visakhapatnam, have the most potential to be the next big outsourcing hotspots for major international corporations. Alsbridge, the outsourcing experts, announced that its internal research shows India has more growth potential than just the usual top picks-- Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai. International companies can now start thinking beyond the three big cities and look at the top 10 up-and-coming cities of Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mangalore, Nagpur, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram and Visakhapatnam.

    The Dallas-based firm ranks Ahmedabad as India's most attractive upstart. It's home to Gujarat University, and the local government is supporting widespread infrastructure improvements. Hewlett-Packard and Oracle are among the Western companies that have already discovered the place. These cities were chosen based on several factors including population, accessibility, education of the workforce and existing companies who have businesses in these cities.

    "When most people think of India, they think of just one or two big cities like Bangalore or Mumbai,'' Ben Trowbridge, Alsbridge CEO, said. However, the reality is that India is a very big and complex country with many cities that would be large enough t o support an NFL franchise if they were in the US even beyond the next tiers that are commonly mentioned.
    - cbeboy, in 5 years
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    De-flooding work begins at airport
    VISAKHAPATNAM : Work on preventing flooding of the Visakhapatnam airport has begun following the award of contract. The work is scheduled for completion in 18 months.
    The de-flooding project had been on the anvil ever since the airport got flooded for two successive monsoons following torrential rain throwing flight schedules out of gear, heavily disrupting connectivity impacting upon its image as a favoured investment destination. The engineer-in-chief, Irrigation, had appointed Water and Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS) as consultants to suggest measures for preventing the flooding after the Chief Minister held a meeting. After technical survey and deliberations with officials of the Airports Authority of India, the district administration and user agencies, WAPCOS made its recommendations leading to finalising the project.

    According to sources, the tender was finalised in the middle of the month at a contract value of Rs. 51.19 crores, 21.2 per cent less than the estimated contract value of Rs. 65.3 crores. As a part of the project, the surplus course of Meghadrigedda reservoir and Kondagedda, a hill stream, flooding the airport, will be taken up for systematic channeling carrying the excess flow to the sea. The capacity of Meghadrigedda surplus course is pegged at 53,000 cusecs taking into consideration the maximum flood discharge of the reservoir.

    The canal will have a bed width of 140 m and including embankments it will be about 200 m wide.

    Three bridges planned : The Kondagedda will have a capacity to discharge 14,000 cusecs with a bed width of 30 m and together with the embankment will be 60 to 75 m wide. Both the channels will be about 6.8 km-long. As a part of the project, three bridges will be constructed on the Kondagedda.

    One of the bridges will come up at the entrance to the airport, the other near the Rain Calcining unit and another to provide connectivity to vast tracts of lands belonging to the port trust.
    Sources said the initial phase would concentrate on taking up earthwork, widening the channels and clearing encroachments, etc. The contract has a liquidity damages provision with room for penalties if the progress of work is not maintained.
    - Babji, in 6 years
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    Friction test of new runway completed

    VISAKHAPATNAM : A two-member team of Indian, in cooperation with the Airport Authority of India (AAI), successfully completed the friction test in the 10,000 feet new runway of the Visakhapatnam airport on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Sources said the team tested the strength, load bearing ability, gripping and friction of the new runway by bringing a special car with inbuilt equipment for friction testing.

    Test is must : This testing, done by plying the car at a speed of 90-100 km per hour, is a must before allowing the operation of wide-bodied bigger aircraft as the wet and dry runways make a lot of difference in flight operations, especially landings, during rainy days.

    If an aircraft requires 6,000 feet of runway for a landing on dry runways, it would require 8,400 feet on a wet runway, and more than 18,000 feet of runway if the conditions are contaminated! A wet runway is one when the water level is about 3 mm. Contaminated runway is one where the water level in the runway is above three inches during heavy downpour.

    Meanwhile, the four member team of the AAI led by senior manager (electronics) Mansoor Alam is going ahead with the tuning work of the instrument landing system (ILS) in the airport here since Tuesday.

    The much-expected Dornier aircraft from the AAI in New Delhi would arrive in Visakhapatnam on April 2 for the flight calibration of the ILS, it is said.
    - Babji, in 7 years
  • Eight satellite townships around Vizag
    Saturday March 31 2007 11:40 IST Newindpress
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority is preparing the ground for implementing the revised mater plan with a vision for the next 15 years.

    The plan envisaged development of eight satellite townships to reduce pressure on the congested areas of the city. The city population is estimated to reach 35 lakh in the next 15 years. These townships will serve as nerve centres of economic growth. They will have markets, schools, hospitals and post offices apart from residential complexes and varied economic activities.

    Yendada, Paradesipalem, Gambheeram, Pendurty, Lankelapalem, Gudivada, Despatrunipalem and Ravada will be future townships. The city, at present, has investment commitments worth Rs 50,000 crore and the ongoing projects are at various stages of implementation. The massive investments will usher in an economic boom, which in turn, necessitates creation of infrastructure facilities.

    VUDA and GVMC have identified 23 new roads for development as links to the future growth centres. Measuring about 155 km, these roads will provide connection to the city.

    VUDA will have the integrated Special Economic Zone in Kakinada - Visakhapatnam corridor as a major growth stimulant. By the year 2021, 80,000 jobs are likely to be created in the SEZ alone. Bheemunipatnam is also poised to be the focal point for fisheries activities. There is a plan to shift existing fishing harbour near the port, to Bheemunipatnam and provide better infrastructure facilities like cold storages, fish-based industries and shrimp processing units for exports.

    Besides, Vizianagaram, Bheemunipatnam and Anakapalle will be integrated with Vizag city by creating a number of growth centres and residential settlements. In another aspect, Visakhapatnam Port and the upcoming port at Gangavaram port are expected to handle 140 million tons of cargo by the year 2021.
    - Babji, in 7 years
  • City of destiny

    With a slew of investments coming in, Visakhapatnam is booming

    It is the next boom town of Andhra Pradesh after Hyderabad. Wide roads, new buildings, more business and more jobs, Visakhapatnam, popularly known as Vizag, is changing. The port city, with its only natural harbour on the east coast, is attracting major investments.

    Known as Waltair during the British rule, the city was a famous tourist spot. But gradually, people from coastal Andhra and Orissa migrated and settled in this place. The natural harbour made it easy for the settlers to start flourishing import-export businesses.
    Now, with the entry of information technology companies like Satyam and Wipro, the city is drawing a sizable number of professionals from foreign countries. It is also giving a lot of hope in terms of availability of jobs. HSBC recently started a call-centre that provided 2,000 jobs. This has encouraged a lot of European and US-based companies to invest in the city.

    The city got a major boost when the Bangalore-based pharma major Biocon decided to invest Rs 500 crore in the Jawahar Pharma City, a pharma special economic zone near Vizag. The company will build a vaccine biopharma manufacturing plant in the SEZ and set up a high-end R&D facility in the biotech park near Hyderabad.

    - monyaam, in 7 years
  • Rs 6,916 cr Jap loan for 11 projects

    Press Trust of India
    NEW DELHI, March 30: India will be receiving a soft loan of Rs 6,916 crore from Japan this fiscal for 11 projects in power, forestry, urban transport and port sectors.

    “We are happy to extend official development assistance amounting to yen 1,84,893 million (Rs 6,916 crore) to India, an increase of 18.93 per cent over Rs 5,910 crore assistance given last year,” Japanese Ambassador to India, Mr Yasukuni Enoki said after the agreement for the loan was inked here today.
    The Union finance ministry joint secretary (bilateral cooperation), Mr Sanjay Krishna signed the document on India’s behalf.

    India will pay 1.3 per cent annual interest on the loan for the general projects, except for Visakhapatnam port expansion project and Bangalore distribution upgradation project for which interest rate would be 0.75 per cent a year. The repayment period will be 30 years for the general projects and 15 years for other projects. Mr Enoki said India was the biggest bilateral loan recipient from Japan, which has committed Rs 92,622 crore assistance as of current fiscal. Appreciating the implementation of Delhi Metro project with Japanese assistance, the Ambassador said it was a shining example of bilateral cooperation.

    Following the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh’s visit to Japan, he said Tokyo will also extend financial assistance for the Delhi-Mumbai freight and industrial corridor projects.
    - Babji, in 8 years
  • any details on the port expansion project? i saw something on this a long time ago but not a whole of details. just said JBIC is giving a loan for Vizag port.
    - pding, in 8 years
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    Line-laying works on the fast track @ Rs. 100 crores

    VISAKHAPATNAM : The Waltair division of the East Cast Railway (ECoR) is all set to speed up the Rs.100-crore work of laying the fourth line over the 20 km Kothavalasa-Pendurthi-Simhachalam section, mainly to decongest the traffic bound for or coming from Orissa and West Bengal to Visakhapatnam. In the railway budget 2007-08, Rs.20 crore has been allotted for this project...

    Final estimate: The final estimate for the work has been prepared and soon it would be sent for approval of the zonal manager. As the ECoR zonal manager has powers to sanction projects up to Rs.100 crores, it need not be sent to the railway board. The tender will be called for the civil work and in all probability the work is to be taken up after the monsoon. He said the civil works cost only about 30 to 40 per cent of the project cost, and the remaining goes towards procurement of rails, concrete sleepers, fittings, signalling and electrical equipment. Mr. Joseph pointed out that this stretch was very important as this connects North East and South passengers train traffic besides catering to goods train carrying coal from Talcher, iron ore from Kirandul and alumina from National Aluminium Company's (NALCO) plant at Damonjodi to various places including Visakhapatnam port. Once the work begins, it would be speeded up and ensured that the line is ready within three years. The survey for the new line laying work is already over and railway land is available in most of the areas. Wherever necessary, the land will be acquired through the state government.

    Concrete bed : He said the work to lay concrete bed in the extended portion of platform no.5 in the city railway station is just taken up and would be completed by this month-end. Similarly, the work for laying new platforms in the island area between platforms 5 and 6 has already been commenced and the work will be completed by June. Once the work is over the existing platform no.6 will become platform no.8 and the new platforms will be named as 6 and 7.
    - Babji, in 8 years
  • Vizag port retains top position in cargo handling (

    Visakhapatnam has managed to retain its position as the prime port in the country for 2006-07 by handling 56.3 million tonnes of cargo against a target of 61 mt set by the Union Ministry of Shipping. During the previous year (2005-06), the port handled 55.8 mt.

    At a press meet here on Monday, Mr K. Ratna Kishore, Chairman, said the port could emerge the premier port in the country for the seventh time in succession in spite of the substantial reduction in iron ore exports (more than two mt) during the year.

    "However, due to the marked increase in the export of iron ore pellets, that loss could be made up to an extent and the port could export 14.7 mt of ore and pellets put together during the year against 15.9 mt during 2005-06," he said.

    Mr Kishore said that during the current year (2007-08), the port would aim at touching, or even crossing, the 60-mt mark. However, the Ministry had not yet set the target, he added.

    He said there was a substantial hike in import of fertilisers during the year (26.18 lakh tonnes) against 22.95 mt during 2005-06. POL (petroleum and related products) accounted for 18.1 mt against 16.9 mt. The container cargo handled was 7.99 lakh tonnes against 6.30 lakh tonnes.

    Mr Kishore said the port's capacity would rise to 100 mt by 2012 and the cargo might go up to 85 mt.

    "In fact, it is a conservative estimate. At the rate the economy is growing, and in view of the hinterland the port has, it can be achieved," he said.

    Gangavaram competition

    He said he foresaw no real threat to the port even after the completion of the Gangavaram port in the vicinity.

    "Competition is always welcome. It all depends on which port gives the best service and at what rate. The user will always choose the less expensive port," he said.

    He said the port had started handling panamax vessels from February, as the channel to the inner harbour had been deepened and the berths in the harbour had been strengthened.

    Further, he said, there was a proposal to strengthen, expand and deepen the iron ore berth for handling 2,00,000 DWT vessels with 18.1 meters draft and to replace the existing ship loader, stacker and bucker wheel reclaimer.

    "The project is estimated to cost Rs 185 crore and the Japan Bank for International Co-operation has agreed to lend Rs 154 crore, and it was cleared by the Union Government on March 30," he said.

    He said there were proposals to construct two more berths, WQ 6 for multi cargoes and EQ 10 for liquid cargo, in the inner harbour on BOT basis.

    "Recently, we also signed an agreement with Utkal Alumina International Ltd for allotment of land to sett up storage and handling facilities for export/import of alumina and caustic soda for 30 years," he said.

    He said the Visakhapatnam port was spending Rs 10.70 crore on various development activities in the city.

    Of which, Rs 6 crore was being spent on beach nourishment.
    - cbeboy, in 8 years
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    ILS calibration further delayed

    VISAKHAPATNAM: It seems that not only the railways even the civil aviation ministry has taken the people of Visakhapatnam for granted as the calibration of the newly-laid category I Instrument Landing System (ILS) in the new runway of the airport here is further getting delayed.

    The March deadline set by AAI Chairman K. Ramalingam is already over and still the new runway, night landing facilities and ILS are yet to be opened to air traffic enabling expansion of air operations in the city of destiny.

    Though the technical team of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) from Delhi completed the preliminary work relating to tuning of ILS early this month, the trial of the hi-tech equipment could not be completed unless it is calibrated from a special Dornier flight.

    Patient wait : Interestingly the team from Delhi, which patiently waited for over a week for the arrival of the aircraft, returned to the headquarters after completing their assignment. They will come back one day prior to the actual arrival of the aircraft. Sources said a clear picture on the exact date of arrival of the calibration aircraft will emerge only after April 15 as the AAI headquarters had given priority of taking up the work in some other airports "which is more important than Visakhapatnam."
    Disappointed : Owing to non-availability of night landing facility, many of the private airlines, which wanted to introduce more services to this industrial city in the summer, which is the peak period in terms of passenger traffic and revenue, feel disappointed...
    Excellent planning!
    - Babji, in 8 years
  • Small cities to emerge as next outsourcing hubs
    Press Trust of India
    Silicon Valley, March 29: Move over Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai, lesser-known cities, such as Kochi and Visakhapatnam, have the most potential to be the next big outsourcing hotspots for major international corporations. Alsbridge, the outsourcing experts, announced on Thursday that its internal research shows India has more growth potential than just the usual top picks-- Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai.

    International companies can now start thinking beyond the three big cities and look at the top 10 up-and-coming cities of Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mangalore, Nagpur, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram and Visakhapatnam.

    The Dallas-based firm ranks Ahmedabad as the most attractive upstart. It's home to Gujarat University, and the local government is supporting widespread infrastructure improvements. Hewlett-Packard and Oracle are among the Western companies that have already discovered the place.

    These cities were chosen based on several factors including population, accessibility, education of the workforce and existing companies who have businesses in these cities. "When most people think of India, they think of just one or two big cities like Bangalore or Mumbai," Ben Trowbridge, Alsbridge CEO, said. However, the reality is that India is a very big and complex country with many cities that would be large enough to support an NFL franchise if they were in the US even beyond the next tiers that are commonly mentioned. Alsbridge believes that in the next few years, providers will consolidate and move even more of their labour to India.

    A report released by the company last week says the operating margins of US providers have hovered around six per cent over the last decade, whereas outsourcing providers in India are able to achieve operating margins up to 40 per cent. Providers in India are also able to provide similar services as much as 25 per cent cheaper than in the US. "Some people have speculated that the future of outsourcing lies in China, but there are many challenges to be faced with this," Trowbridge said.

    American corporations looking to outsource in China face many obstacles such as language barriers, intellectual property and other legal issues. India doesn't share these concerns. We believe that many companies that want to stay competitive will be focusing their outsourcing operations in one of these top cities in India, and they'll be very successful in doing so.
    - Babji, in 8 years
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    Work on tunnel in 4 months: TSR
    VISAKHAPATNAM: Union Minister of State for Mines T. Subbarami Reddy on Thursday said work on tunnel to shorten the distance from Narasimhanagar to Mudasarlova by developing a tunnel in the hill would begin in four months.

    Speaking to reporters after a meeting to review with officials various projects pending before the Centre for funding, he said he had sought a status report from the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation on the tunnel project.

    Dr. Reddy said the tunnel would shorten distance and it would extend over 1.2 km. Clearances would be sought soon from the Central Pollution Control Board and other agencies. He said they would explore funding to the project under the Jawharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM).

    Directive to Collector : The Minister also advised District Collector A.K. Singhal to take the initiative of identifying people staying in huts and providing them pucca houses under various schemes. He said wherever possible, they were trying to construct flats on lands encroached for several decades. For others, it would be provided under Indiramma Pathakam and other schemes.

    The Minister said that as of now, 15,300 houses were sanctioned under JNURM. In all, Rs.1,000-crore worth welfare works would be taken up in the city during the current fiscal with Central assistance.

    Dr. Reddy said the Visakhapatnam Port Trust had agreed to provide land for establishment of a pump house near Convent Junction to prevent flooding during monsoon. To a question, he admitted that Rs.20 crores for coffee plantation project in the agency areas of the district was due from the Ministry of Tribal Welfare for past one year and promised that he would hold a meeting soon in Delhi to get it released...
    - Babji, in 9 years
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    Gearing up for a greater Vijayawada
    BRING IT TO LIFE: A model of future Vijayawada
    Though the gala fair organised at Swaraj Maidan by the Krishna Industrial and Agricultural Exhibition Society is an annual affair, the cherry on the cake came only last year when the society members introduced a science expo on the premises.

    Named after the late Katragadda Bhagwat Singh, educationist and a founder member of the society, the venue is attracting huge crowds of inquisitive minds, especially school children. The expo, which began on a humble note last year, has witnessed enhancement in quality by leaps and bounds in just a year.

    This year's special features include a medical pavilion, a corner that provides a closer look at an operation theatre, an intensive care unit (ICU) and the equipment used to operate upon patients. A separate computer wing, engineering section and focus on issues like global warming are also part of the expo. Under global warming, nature is depicted as a temple to stress the need to protect the globe.

    Model magic : There was an impressive illustration of the "Greater Vijayawada" concept, which occupies the central place. Clearly depicting the role of science and technology in the development of Vijayawada city, the model encompasses features that will define the city in the years to come, such as the proposed ropeway from the Kanakadurga Temple atop Indrakeeladri Hill to the Gandhi Hill, development of greenery on canal bunds, I-Max theatres, Singapore model townships, flyovers and software technology parks.

    "Our objective is to throw up ideas on how to make the city self-sufficient in the years to come," says G. Sree Ram, convenor of the exhibition.

    Besides the charts that throw light on the infrastructure facilities like water supply, construction of roads and provision of electricity, there are also charts that depict the saga of the city development in the last 120 years. For example, how many of us know that the city had a population of just 10,000 in 1888? ...
    - Babji, in 9 years
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    60 ROBs to be constructed in State
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The State Government decided to construct nearly 60 road overbridges (ROBs) in different parts of the State and they would be completed in two years, Minister for Roads and Buildings Jakkampudi Rammohana Rao said here on Thursday.

    "It used to take seven to eight years for an ROB to be completed, but it would not be so now, he said while talking to media persons. The Minister also agreed that there was a need to strengthen the design section of his department.

    Construction cost :The new ROBs would cost around Rs.1,000 crores and the Railways and State Government would share the cost. Among the three ROBs sanctioned in Visakhapatnam district, the one at Lankelapalem was a four-lane RoB costing Rs.26.3 crores on which the work had commenced.
    - Babji, in 9 years
  • The Vizag Seaport Private Limited (VSPL) is a hi-tech, upcoming and promising Bulk Cargo Handling Terminal, operating at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. VSPL operates two multi-purpose Berths: East Quay-8 and East Quay-9, in the inner Harbour of Visakhapatnam Port. VSPL is a joint venture company promoted by Gammon India Limited and Portia Management Services Limited.

    VSPL for the first time, berthed a Gearless Panamax Vessel mv GOLDEN GUNN with LOA of 225 meters, Beam 32.5 m, DWT 74759 Tons carrying Lam Coke at 0830 Hrs on 18-02-2007 at Berth No. EQ 8 of the Terminal.
    Way to go VSPL
    - Babji, in 9 years
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    Railway station to get a facelift

    VISAKHAPATNAM: ...Waltair Division earned Rs.2,124 crores through freight revenue during 2006-07 as against Rs.1,963 crores during the previous year. Number of passengers carried and the revenue earned through passenger traffic were 19.77 million (18.83 million during previous year) and Rs.163 crores (Rs. 141 crores during 2006-07) respectively.

    Mr. Ghosh said that the façade of Visakhapatnam railway station would be changed. While a part of the work had already been sanctioned, approval was awaited for the remaining work. The sanction would come this year itself.

    Development works : The entire passenger area of every platform in the railway station would be covered. The proposal was made for five platforms (before the work on additional platforms was started). "Visakhapatnam railway station will be the first in the country to have all its platforms covered," the DRM said.

    Other works to be sanctioned this year were extension of third foot-over-bridge up to eighth platform, a new building for the parcel office to the southern end of sixth platform and passenger amenities on the sixth, seventh and eighth platforms. Proposals were also made for improving the entry from Gnanapuram side and construction of a new building for reservation complex.

    In addition to the works in progress like complete overhaul of circulating area of the railway station, extension of fourth and fifth platforms, train indication boards, creating island platforms (Nos. 7 and 8), water purifiers on all platforms, additional counter at the reservation complex, etc., shifting of I and II class waiting rooms to the ground floor and their renovation, etc., which have been sanctioned would be taken up this year...
    - Babji, in 9 years
  • Somebody who knows more please contribute some news on latest developments
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  • Vizag development schemes cleared (

    The Union Government and the Andhra Pradesh Government have cleared seven schemes costing Rs 643 crore for the development of urban infrastructure and civic amenities in Visakhapatnam under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

    Mr Mukesh Kumar Meena, Municipal Commissioner, said that a major underground drainage scheme is being taken up to cover the central part of the city with a population of 5.33 lakh out of the total of 16 lakh, at a cost of Rs 244 crore.

    The scheme awaits the administrative sanction of the State Government and soon tenders will be called for it.

    Drainage Scheme

    The replacement of the 65-km pipeline from Tatipudi reservoir to TSR complex to improve drinking water supply is another major scheme, taken up at a cost of Rs 62 crore. Work has started on the project, he said.

    Tenders have been finalised for the laying of a pipeline from the TSR complex to Kommadi for water supply at a cost of Rs 23 crore.

    Work has started on the construction of a colony at Vadlapudi at a cost of Rs 28 crore for resettlement of the people displaced by the Visakhapatnam steel plant.

    Tenders have been finalised for two colonies at a cost of Rs 10 crore for the fishermen displaced by the Gangavaram port.

    Awaiting Approval

    A major housing project at a cost of Rs 192 crore is also being taken up for the urban poor and 15,000 dwelling units will be constructed, he said.

    According to the commissioner, a bus rapid transport system has been proposed for the city at a cost of Rs 400 crore and it is awaiting approval of the Union Government.
    - cbeboy, in 9 years
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    Need for improving Vizag airport infrastructure stressed

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Immediate need to remove the "flooded airport" image of Visakhapatnam among the air travellers in the country and express commissioning of instrument landing system, night landing facility and expanded runway to accommodate wide bodied aircrafts were stressed at a meeting in the city on Saturday...

    Commercial Taxes Minister Konathala Ramakrishna referred to the smog problem, which disrupted flight operations in the city a few months ago and hoped that in the next one or two months there would be some solution to this. The night landing facility would also become operational in the next few days...

    Golf course :Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Chairman T.K. Dewan said the corporation was planning to develop a golf course of international standards on a 200-acre plot near the city...
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    193 cr. for slum improvement
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Centre has sanctioned a whopping Rs.193 crores for taking up infrastructure and slum improvement works in 16 poor settlements in various parts of Visakhapatnam.

    Informing this to media persons after reviewing various schemes in the city and elsewhere , Union Minister of State for Mines T. Subbarami Reddy said the sanctioning of the amount on April 26 by the union urban development and housing and poverty alleviation ministries was due to the efforts taken by him with them to ensure that all the slum dwellers have pucca houses and see that the steel city becomes one of the most developed and beautiful cities of the country. ...

    The Minister said a central team consisting of officials from the two ministries would visit Vizag on May 6 and 7 for an on the spot assessment of situation in the slums and to guide the local officials to prepare new proposals for urban poor upliftment.

    The team would also study the proposal to introduce the Rs.453 crore bus rapid transport system connecting Pendurthy and Simhachalam. ...
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  • Deccan Chronicle
    Study on new Vizag airport to start today

    Hyderabad, May 1: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) will launch techno economic feasibility and obstacles study for the proposed greenfield international airport near Visakhapatnam in a couple of days. A three-member committee will arrive in the State on May 2 and take up the study. The State officials and AAI had already shortlisted three sites at S. Rayavaram, Achyutapuram and Sabbavaram, which are in the radius of about 50-75 kilometres of Visakhapatnam. “The study will take three weeks and the site will be selected on the basis of the study,” a senior official said.
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  • Vizag District
    Mandal Code Name ---------- Mandal Code Name ----- Mandal Code Name
    1 Munchingiputtu ------------16 Nathavaram --------- 31 Pedagantyada
    2 Pedabayalu ----------------17 Narsipatnam ---------32 Paravada
    3 Hukumpetau ---------------18 Rolugunta ------------33 Anakapalli
    4 Dumbriguda ----------------19 Ravikamatham -------34 Munagapaka
    5 Arakuvalley ----------------20 Butchayyapeta ------35 Kasimkota
    6 Ananthagiri ----------------21 Chodavaram ---------36 Makavarapalem
    7 Devarapalle ----------------22 K Kotapadu ----------37 Kotauratla
    8 Cheedikada ----------------23 Sabbavaram -------38 Payakaraopeta
    9 Madugula ------------------24 Pendurthi ------------39 Nakkapalli
    10 Paderu -------------------25 Anandapuram --------40 S. Rayavaram
    11 Gangaraju Madugula ------26 Padmanabham -------41 Yelamanchili
    12 Chintapalle ---------------27 Bheemunipatnam -----42 Rambilli
    13 Gudemkothaveedhi -------28 Visakhapatnam -----43 Atchutapuram
    14 Koyyuru -----------------29 Visakhapatnam (U)
    15 Golugonda ---------------30 Gajuwaka

    Sabbavaram======= 3,500 acres 25-30 km from the city
    Achyuthapuram ==== 4,000 acres 55-60 km from the city
    S Rayavaram ====== 4,500 acres 65-70 km from the city
    I wish they finalize on S Rayavaram. Accessible to NH5. More land. Less R&R.
    They can build a bigger and better airport and helps to build a bigger Metropolitan Vizag.
    - Babji, in 9 years
  • AP CM to open Satyam Vizag centre (

    The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, will inaugurate the city centre of Satyam Computers on Thursday.

    He is also scheduled to open the circular train project at Kailasagiri, a major tourist attraction in the city, and a housing colony built by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) along with Vision Ventures at Akkireddipalem in the vicinity of the airport.

    The colony, built at a cost of Rs 39 crore, comprises 155 executive type houses and 21 classic model houses.

    The circular train project, taken up at a cost of Rs 4 crore, was awarded to Hyderabad-based Sarada Roadways on BOT basis.

    The train will ply on 1.98-km track atop Kailasagiri, enabling the tourists to have a panoramic glimpse of the city, the surrounding hills and the Bay of Bengal. The lease period for the project is 22 years.

    Dr Reddy will also lay the foundation stone atop Kailasagiri for the establishment of a cultural museum jointly by the VUDA and the World Telugu Federation at a cost of Rs 5 crore.
    - cbeboy, in 9 years
  • Vizag to be world class city
    Deccan Chronicle
    Visakhapatnam, May 3: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy.vowed to transform Vizag into a world class city with international standards by providing good infrastructure and basic facilities. Speaking at a public meeting during his two-day maiden visit to the district here on Thursday Dr Reddy said that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi were supporting their development works and sanctioned thousands of crores under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for the city’s development.

    ... The Chief Minister announced Metro Rail connecting the city with Bheemunipatnam, Sabbavaram, Parawada and Atchyuthapuram suburbs. “Metro Rail scheme would be commenced within a couple of years. We are determined to complete the entire project within a span of three years after the work starts,” he said.

    Highlighting their employment generation schemes like providing 50,000 jobs to the women through Brandix Apparel Park at Atchyuthapuram, the Chief Minister said that the government was trying hard to convince the Union government to bring one Indian Institute of Management (IIM) to Visakhaspatnam city.

    Talking about industrial development in the city during the Congress rule, the Chief Minister said that expansion of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) with Rs 8,500 crores, revival of the BHPV and the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) and the HPCL expansion works would generate lot of employment. “The earlier TD government totally neglected Vizag and north Andhra,” he added.

    Earlier, he unveiled the plaque marking the laying of foundation stone for the construction of underground drainage system to the Central Visakhapatnam at a cost of Rs 244 crores and also modernisation of Tatipudi reservoir pipelines with Rs 62 crores. The works were taken up with the JNNURM funds.
    - Babji, in 9 years
  • IMO, Sabbavaram is the best location -1)closest to Vizag among the three 2) from the map, it looks like its between Vizag and Araku, good for tourists 3) and its Sabbavaram("sabbavaram pilla mEmu sabbulOllam kaadaa") :lol:

    Vizag District

    Sabbavaram======= 3,500 acres 25-30 km from the city
    Achyuthapuram ==== 4,000 acres 55-60 km from the city
    S Rayavaram ====== 4,500 acres 65-70 km from the city
    I wish they finalize on S Rayavaram. Accessible to NH5. More land. Less R&R.
    They can build a bigger and better airport and helps to build a bigger Metropolitan Vizag.
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    Work to prevent airport flooding launched
    VISAKHAPATNAM: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Friday laid the stone for a project aimed at bringing about a permanent solution to the regular flooding of the airport due to excess water from the Meghadrigedda reservoir...

    The airport flood control project estimated to cost Rs.70 crores is being jointly funded by the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation and the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority. The project is awarded to Gayathri Constructions Ltd., of Hyderabad and the work will be completed in 18 months.

    The project envisages training of Meghadrigedda course including dredging on the southern side of the airport for a length of 6.79 km below NH-5 and up to the confluence point. The bed width of the canal proposed is 30 metres and the maximum discharge adopted will be 14,200 cusecs.

    Three bridges : Three bridges will be built to provide access to the airport and other industries located on either side of the streams and the training of Meghadrigedda and Kondagedda channels are expected to be completed before monsoon so as to allow floodwater to go into the sea without causing traffic interruption at the airport.

    Housing colony : The Chief Minister also inaugurated the Panchavati township developed at Akkireddipalem at a cost of Rs.40 crores. The project implemented by Vision Ventures of Hyderabad has 21 classic and 155 executive houses with clubhouse, gym, reticules, gas, solar fencing, 24-hour water and other facilities. The project commenced in May 2005 and was completed last month.
    - Babji, in 9 years
  • The following is the link to the Revised Common Building Rules - G.O. No. 86
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  • ^^ Welcome to SSCIndia, Waltairhouse.
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    Landing system calibration likely today
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The much-awaited in-flight calibration of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) by the special Dornier aircraft of the Airport Authority of India at the 10,000-ft new runway of the Visakhapatnam airport is likely to be taken up on Thursday...

    Sources said if everything goes on well, the necessary approval for using new runway laid in the east-west direction of the airport and the Category-I ILS might be obtained by the Director-General of Civil Aviation by the month-end...
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    New-look city airport to spur investment flow
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The INS Dega airport, which received a facelift with completion of work on the 10,000-foot long runway and 24x7 status for operation of flights, is bound to spur fund flow from outside into industries, tourism and infrastructure sector...

    The calibration of instrumentation landing system will be useful when visibility is poor. Operation of flights in the late evening would be a fillip to investment into various sectors. Now as per indications, either the Navy has to requisition trained manpower for manning air traffic round the clock or hand over the responsibility to the Airport Authority of India...

    Silk Airways is planning to start a direct flight from Vizag to Singapore. Indian wants a stopover of its international flights to Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur at Vizag. Trans India Airlines has sought permission from Ministry of Defence and Director-General of Civil Aviation to place two of its aircraft at Vizag and four at Hyderabad. The airlines wants to run a shuttle service from Vizag for all international flights operated through Hyderabad on demand. "This will definitely help bring investments," Mr. Reddy, a former Rotary district governor, said.
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    Aircraft overshoots runway
    VISAKHAPATNAM: Sixty two passengers and the crew of an Embraer aircraft coming to Visakhapatnam had a miraculous escape when the plane overshot the runway at the airport here on Saturday. The Paramount Airways flight from Hyderabad took off in Hyderabad at 9.50 a.m. and reached here at 11.05 a.m. According to a passenger, the pilot made a mistake in judging the landing position and seemed to have lost control as the aircraft skidded onto the ground. It overshot the runway by some sixty feet.

    Official sources said that the aircraft was caught in the `soft ground arrester'. The soft ground prevents the aircraft from skidding during emergencies like brake failure or forced landing. Towing equipment is being requisitioned to retrieve the plane. ... "The plane landed with a thud and there was a terrible jerk like the one we experience when we hit the speed-breaker at high speed," recalled Andhra University VC, L. Venugopal Reddy who came by the same flight.

    ... Meanwhile, a press release issued by Paramount Airways here said the Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam flight no I7-502 slightly overshot the runway after safe landing because of mud on the airstrip. according to another report: According to Visakhapatnam ATC, the mishap occurred when the aircraft was taking a turn on the runway... the pilot got confused while landing the flight and landed on the runway, which was not yet commissioned, instead of the original runway...
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    ILS calibration work in progress at airport

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The in-flight calibration of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) at the airport here continued for the second day on Thursday by the Delhi team. As some more work is pending, the team will finish it off on Friday and return to the headquarters with their Dornier aircraft, sources said.

    Meanwhile, the proposal to allow 24x7 flight operations in the Visakhapatnam airport might be expedited as Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy himself had personally taken up the issue with Defence Minister A.K. Antony for early clearance as INS Dega naval air station controls the movement of civilian aircrafts.

    Air Travellers Association (India) president D. Varada Reddy urged the State and Central governments to ensure that the airport is opened early for the round the clock flight operations with bigger aircrafts as all the mandatory facilities like extended runway, night landing facility, ILS etc., are in place. He also wanted more facilities for the international flight operations.

    He said that Silk Airways, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, is keen to commence Singapore-Visakhapatnam flight operations at the earliest as the city has lot of potential of tourist and business passengers.
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    Nod for BRTS for city
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Central Government has approved the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation's proposal for taking up work on the Bus Rapid Transport System at a cost of Rs. 452.93 crores.

    The Union Ministry of Urban Development at a meeting held in Delhi on Friday accorded clearance to the project. Calling for tenders for infrastructure will begin under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. GVMC has to mobilise Rs. 135 crores towards its share - of which 50 per cent will be taken as loan from financial institutions.

    Mayor Pulusu Janardhan Rao and Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Meena told reporters on Saturday after their return from Delhi that the GVMC would launch work in three months.

    BRTS tracks would be laid in eight routes.Greater Visakha Transport Authority (GVTA) - a special purpose vehicle -- is proposed for manning the BRTS. The project will be completed in three years.In the first phase, Simhachalam and Pendurthi transit corridors would be taken up respectively at a cost of Rs.261.90 crores and Rs.191.03 crores.

    Land acquisition : The Simhachalam corridor would include digging of a tunnel through Simhachalam hills at a cost of Rs. 93.65 crores. Mr. Meena said land acquisition process wherever required would start soon.
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  • Two BRTS corridors soon
    Deccan Chronicle
    ... two corridors would come up in a period of three years out of the proposed total eight corridors...

    The first one is the Simhachalam Transit Corridor (STC) that runs from Pendurthi-Vepagunta to Dwaraknagar via Simhachalam including a tunnel and the other one is Pendurthi Transit Corridor (PTC) that would be constructed between Pendurthi to Dwaraka bus station in the city via NAD junction. The estimated cost of the two corridors would be Rs 452 crores. "Keeping in view the abnormal increase in the traffic, the GVMC has proposed BRTS with eight corridors after duly conducting traffic surveys and other engineering surveys. The advice of IIT Delhi was also taken while conducting these surveys," he added.

    Mr Rao said that 60 metres width lanes would be developed to suit the requirements of BRTS in the STC corridor. Two lanes would be exclusively dedicated to RTC buses, apart from providing lanes for non-motorised vehicles and service roads, the Mayor added.
    - Babji, in 10 years
  • Cyberabad Times
    Dr Reddy's to set up two SEZs
    Dr Reddy's Laboratories is setting up two special economic zones (SEZs) - one each at Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

    On the geographical front, DRL has wholly owned subsidiaries in the US, UK, Russia, Germany and Brazil apart from joint ventures in China, South Africa and Australia. While one SEZ would be exclusively for active pharmaceutical ingredients, the other would develop pharmaceutical products.

    "We have a capital expenditure programme of $100 million (over Rs 4,000 crore)," vice-chairman and chief executive officer, GV Prasad, said, adding that the company would continue its geographical expansion besides enhancing growth in oncology and biogenerics products. Prasad said the company would be launching 10 new products in the current financial year.

    In 2006-07, DRL filed 23 drug master files (DMFs) in the US, taking the total filings in the country to 104. The company also filed 11 DMFs in Canada, 9 DMFs in Europe, 6 DMFs in Japan and 5 in Turkey. It also has 69 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) pending at the USFDA. DRL received 19 approvals, including tentative approvals, last year.

    On the geographical front, DRL has wholly owned subsidiaries in the US, UK, Russia, Germany and Brazil apart from joint ventures in China, South Africa and Australia. Source: Business standard
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    Airbus makes maiden landing in city of destiny
    HUB IN THE MAKING: A Kingfisher Airbus A 319 that came on a trial run to the city on Tuesday. The Paramount Airways flight, which recently overshot the runway, is in the foreground. — Photo: K.R. Deepak

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Kingfisher created history by landing its Airbus A 319 for the first time at the Visakhapatnam Airport on Tuesday. The 144-seater aircraft came from Mumbai for a trial run on the runway here and landed on the old runway and took off after a 10-minute halt.

    This is the first Airbus to land in Visakhapatnam. Indian Airlines has been planning to operate an Airbus to Visakhapatnam for long but its plans didn't materialise.

    Though Boeings of a similar capacity are being operated by other airlines, the Airbus is the most modern aircraft, which can take off and land smoothly despite its huge size. With the successful trial run, Kingfisher is now planning to launch Airbus operations to Vizag in about a month's time, according to sources. There was also talk that the test flight was undertaken as part of the calibration of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) which was installed recently.

    Hectic activity : With work on the extension of the runway being completed and work on modernisation of the terminal building and adding new facilities going on at a hectic pace, more and more airline operators are evincing keen interest in operating more flights from Vizag...
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    Flood control measures on at airport
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The progress on the modernisation work of airport was explained during the Airport Advisory Committee meeting held here on Wednesday.

    The officials told Visakhapatnam MP and former Chief Minister N. Janardhana Reddy, who presided over the meeting, that works on the runway and night landing facility were completed. Calibration of the runway to receive wide-bodied aircraft was also done.

    He was also told that the Rs. 95-crore new terminal building would be completed by 2008 and that flood control measures were being taken up... S E (irrigation) K. Damodara Rao said that Rs.15 crores was spent so far on the Rs. 74-crore project to construct channels to send excess water from Meghadrigedda and Kondagedda reservoirs into the sea without inundating the airport. He also said that a quarry belonging to a contractor should be closed as it was proving to be a hurdle for the channel from Meghadrigedda reservoir.

    Airport Controller C. Pattabhi pointed out that an Airbus of the Kingfisher Airways made a trial landing on the runway that was extended to 10,000 feet on Tuesday. The Naval and airport authorities would meet on Friday to decide when to commence operations on the newly extended runway...

    Railway plan : Later, when Divisional Railway Manager Indra Ghosh called on him, Mr. Janardhana Reddy sought a comprehensive plan on development of Visakhapatnam station, introduction of new trains, improvement of passenger amenities, etc... He also wanted construction of a foot overbridge at Rammurthypantulu Peta railway gate from the funds of JNNURM...
    20% of the money spent so far. Hope they would manage to prevent flooding this monsoon.
    - Babji, in 11 years
  • More platforms at Vizag station

    Two more platforms are under construction at Visakhapatnam Railway station and they may be ready by July, according to Mr Indra Ghosh, Divisional Railway Manager. At a review meeting with Mr N. Janardhana Reddy, member of the Lok Sabha from Vizag, he said that the new platforms, in addition to the existing six, would enable introduction of new trains and bringing more trains passing through via Duvvada to Waltair station. A new air-conditioned passenger reservation complex is under construction at the station with 10 counters, he added.
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    New runway by June 15, says TSR
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The expanded runway at the airport here, with ILS that facilitates operations in poor visibility and night landing system in place, will be made operational from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. by June 15. The calibration of ILS and navigational aids has been completed successfully.

    Union Minister of State for Mines T. Subbarami Reddy announced this at a joint press conference with Airports Authority of India Chairman K. Ramalingam here on Friday after the latter, along with Joint Secretary, Defence, Binoy Kumar, and Navy officials, inspected the new runway and the systems. The standoff between the AAI and the Navy on operating the new runway round-the-clock and launch international flights was resolved, he said...

    Defects: Mr. Binoy Kumar said some defects were pointed out and the AAI said they would be rectified in 10 days. The defects related to filling of joints, etc. He said the runway would be kept under observation for three to six months and it would not affect the operation of flights. One of the aspects to be observed was the soil condition. He said Air Traffic Control (ATC) needed more manpower for 24-hour operations.

    A precision approach path indicator was calibrated satisfactorily and night landing with approach lighting was made available. Solar-powered obstruction light on surrounding hills was also provided. The new 10,000 feet runway would pave way for operation of bigger aircraft. Dr. Subbarami Reddy said the new terminal building with immigration and customs facilities would be completed by December. However, there was a possibility of a trial of international flights taking place in September, he said.

    A separate police outpost for immigration check, to make arrangements for taxi and cargo was planned. Police Commissioner V.S.K. Kaumudi said staff needed to be trained for immigration work.

    With the stage set for initiating work on the Rs. 453-crore BRTS on two corridors, the city would get an economic, comfortable and speedier transport, the Union Minister said...
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    New runway after DGCA inspection
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The operation of flights in the 10,000-ft new runway and the commissioning of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) in the Visakhapatnam airport would take place most probably in the third week of June after a team of the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) officials inspects them and give clearance...

    The civil works to set right the minor defects in the new runway as pointed out by the defence authorities - like filling of joints, potholes etc., are going on in full swing and are likely to be completed by June 10. After that the DGCA inspection team would visit the city... It is learnt that Indigo Airlines and Spicejet are showing keen interest on bringing Visakhapatnam on their air network.
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  • Dear developers, Deccan's calling!
    Radhieka Pandeya in New Delhi | June 09, 2007 12:42 IST
    Last Updated: June 09, 2007 13:15 IST
    ... While north India has already witnessed this phenomenon, it is now the south's turn to spring up architectural delights in the shape of housing projects which promise an entire city within a city. Topping the list of development and for investment, say experts, are Visakhapatnam (Vizag), Kochi, Mysore and Coimbatore.

    Vizag Wise: Vizag's growth as an industrial metropolis has been rapid. One of the country's most important port cities, it witnessed an influx of industries ranging from an oil refinery to a fertiliser factory and is now poised to emerge as a significant IT/ITES destination. The last decade has seen the development of residential projects in locations along the city's coastline like RK Beach Road, Pandurang Puram, East Point Colony and MVP Colony.

    Moving along the path charted by a proactive government, Vizag has attracted several national and international corporates while maintaining its charm of being a peaceful and calm city. "After Hyderabad, it is the largest city in Andhra Pradesh. Its serene beauty mingled with aggressive development is attracting a lot of investors," says PSN Raju, chairman, Visakhaptnam Urban Development Authority.

    Reason enough for the authority to invest in nearly seven housing projects within the city and its vicinity. Many of VUDA's projects, in fact, are coming up in prime areas at an average rate of Rs 1,000 per sq ft for flats and row houses, and Raju promises that anyone investing in Vizag right now will reap benefits of an appreciation of almost 100 per cent in the next two years.

    Recognised as the fifth-fastest growing "industrial metropolis" in the Asian subcontinent and the fastest growing industrial city on the East coast of India, Vizag is a market that even retailers are vying for and organised retail will soon make its foray into the city with Vizag Central and CMR Mall projects underway.

    Owing to its proximity to the city centre, the New Central location is being touted as the hot bed for residential investments. Its peripheral areas such as Madhurawada, Rushikonda, Gajuwaka and Vizianagaram have a number of grade-A gated commercial integrated projects coming up with VUDA's mega housing projects and Balaji Associates and Jagjeevan Constructions' promoted Pallavi Constructions upcoming project Uplands Palace in Gagapur Palace Compound being the keenly awaited ones...

    This is just the beginning of their evolution...
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  • Economic Times
    HPCL seeks Total, Kuwait investment in new refinery
    REUTERS[ SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2007 12:30:01 PM]
    KUALA LUMPUR: Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd is in talks with Total and Kuwait to build a new $3 billion refinery in India instead of expanding the state-run refiner's existing plant, its chairman said on Sunday. HPCL has been in talks with major Total , Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI) and junior state oil producer Oil India Ltd. over taking a stake in a planned doubling of the expansion at its Vizag refinery for more than six months.

    But HPCL Chairman and Managing Director Arun Balakrishnan told Reuters that negotiations had shifted in favour of a new greenfield project, still in Vizag, that would have a capacity of at least 180,000 bpd. He also said the deal could mean building an aromatics petrochemical plant before the refinery. "...Oil India will be there plus these two companies, Total and Kuwait Petroleum," Balakrishnan said in an interview ahead of the Asia Oil and gas Conference. "Certainly by the end of the year we should decide one way or the other."

    The refinery is expected to be completed in around 2011. HPCL is India's third-largest refiner with capacity of about 260,000 barrels per day (bpd). "This is a very preliminary stage, probably we may start with an aromatic unit and retrofit it with a refinery. A lot of discussions are going on and nothing is final," he said.

    Balakrishnan said HPCL may still decide to expand its 150,000 bpd Vizag refinery, although the new project and its existing $2 billion plan to upgrade fuel production to meet Euro-4 standards at both its plants would take precedence in the coming years. India's refiners are seeking foreign partners to help secure crude supplies and fund expansion plans that will turn India into a major fuel exporter within the next five years, but oil majors like BP have been reluctant to invest due to low domestic prices and an uncertain outlook for global margins.

    HPCL is also planning to build a new refinery in Bhatinda together with with an investment vehicle run by steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, after 17 overseas firms turned down the project.
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    New runway opened for regular operation
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The 10,000 feet long, 60-metre wide, Rs.200 crore new runway at the Visakhapatnam airport was at last opened to the regular flight operations on Friday with an Air Deccan ATR 72 flight from Bangalore-Tirupati landing at the new runway. Later, it was flagged off to Bhubaneswar by Union Minister of State for Mines T. Subbarami Reddy...

    Great success : Describing the opening of the new run way as a “great success” for him and others involved, Dr. Subbrami Reddy told The Hindu that he was trying for the extension of the Mumbai-Hyderabad Air Bus A 320 flight being operat ed by Indian to Visakhapatnam by the end of this month... In the next few weeks, he wanted to ensure that the airport operated flights day and night with a minimum of 20 flights per day instead of the existing 11...

    The new runway’s length is equal to the runway in the Hyderabad airport... flooding problem during monsoon had been taken care of by increasing the height of the runway by one metre than that of the old runway which is only 6,000 feet long. Wide bodied aircraft of Boeings and Airbuses could land with ease in the new runway which had been laid in the East-West direction between Yarada and Simhachalam hills. Twelve powerful solar lights have also been fixed atop Simhachalam hills to guide the aircraft, he said.
    THE WAIT IS OVER: (Top) Students of fine arts department of Andhra University create a sand sculpture at Ramakrishna Beach to mark the take off of the first flight from the new runway in Visakhapatnam on Friday. (Above) An aircraft gets ready to take off from the new runway
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  • Newly opened runway

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  • Vizag rythu bazaar to make way for multiplex (

    The decision of the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) to relocate the rythu bazaar in the MVP Colony here to an adjacent site has come in for sharp criticism from the residents of the colony as well the general public.

    The VUDA has taken the decision, as the present site of the rythu bazaar has been allocated for the construction of a multiplex and a commercial complex, fetching it Rs 10 crore in the bargain.
    - cbeboy, in 11 years
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    Air Deccan to start Vizag- Kolkata flights
    VISAKHAPATNAM: Air Deccan has announced its Kolkata operation from July 10. It will operate its newly acquired 180-seater Airbus A-320 in this Kolkata-Vizag- Hyderabad sector and the pricing is from Rs.174 plus taxes onwards.

    The dynamic pricing system is based on seat inventory at any given point of time and the earlier one books, the lesser one pays. The addition of its 20th new Airbus A-320 takes the fleet strength to 44 and with the addition of the new sector the company will be operating over 70 flights in and out of Andhra Pradesh on a daily basis...
    - Babji, in 11 years
  • from my recent trip to vizag
    - PlaneMad, in 11 years
  • from my recent trip to vizag

    So you have just pne photo teasers for every city?

    - Suncity, in 11 years
  • ^^ Something like that. Theres actually a surprise in store..
    - PlaneMad, in 11 years
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    Yarada land survey is only preliminary: VUDA chief
    VISAKHAPATNAM: Preliminary survey of the land at Yarada allotted by the Government to the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) has been going on and no plans have been chalked out on what kind of development should be taken up there, VUDA Chairman P.S.N.Raju and Vice-Chairman G.Venkatram Reddy said. The hills abutting the sea is known for their majestic beauty...

    Bhimili road: He said the VUDA was developing the Visakhapatnam-Bhimili Road at a cost of Rs.18 crores and contributing Rs.70.32 crores for the airport de-flooding and spending Rs.6.49 crores for master plan roads, though it was receiving only a nominal grant from the Government.

    Elaborating, Mr. Venkatram Reddy said 425 acres of land was given to VUDA at Yarada under GO 1606 and 100 acres to the Navy. Without committing to any time frame for its plans for the Yarada land, he said the Government set a target of Rs.1,000 crores as budgetary support by next March. The VUDA was also allotted 500 acres at Pedagantyada...

    The Vice-Chairman said that land suitable for development alone was given to VUDA and the land would be sold to programmes according to the norms and in a transparent manner. He asserted that the transfer of land would not harm the environment or affect the aesthetics of the hills. He, however, maintained that the land was eminently suitable for development of tourism, health spas etc..
    - Babji, in 11 years
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    Fly-by-wire system to come to city
    VISAKHAPATNAM: For the first time in the aviation history of Visakhapatnam, State-owned Indian and Air Deccan will deploy Air Bus A 320 aircraft that flies using digital technology to Mumbai and Kolkata respectively from next week.

    The City of Destiny has been witnessing only Boeing 737s, Dorniers, ATRs across its skylines so far. The new service has been made possible, thanks to the opening of the 10,000 feet new runway in the airport here on June 15.

    Seating capacity: While Indian will replace its Boeing 737, which has a seating capacity of 119 (all economy class), with the 145-seater A 320 aircraft most probably from July 12, Air Deccan, which is introducing flights on the Visakhapatnam-Kolkata route for the first time, will replace its ATR type aircraft with the fly-by-wire jet from July 10.

    In the A 320 aircraft of Air Bus industry (France), 125 seats are of economy class and 20 of business class. The move by Indian and Air Deccan will be of much use to those passengers on business and tourist trips to the steel city.

    Indian Station Manager here R. Rajasekaran told The Hindu that another advantage to the passengers would be that the present Mumbai-Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam route would be modified, and direct non-stop flights with A 320 aircraft wou ld be operated on Mumbai-Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam routes separately. Presently, this route is served by a Boeing 737. With this introduction and gaining of the speed by the aircraft, the travel time to Mumbai would be brought down by at least 90 minutes from three hours as the present flight goes via Hyderabad. Sources in the Air Deccan said the new A 320 aircraft would link Visakhapatnam with Hyderabad as well as Kolkata as it would be operated on the Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam-Kolkata route...
    - Babji, in 11 years
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    Garuda service to Kolkata launched
    The fare is Rs.949 per head for adults and Rs.716 for children
    The buses would have stoppages at Srikakulam, Cuttack and Kharagpur
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The much-awaited Volvo service to Kolkata from Visakhapatnam was launched by the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) on Saturday by deploying two buses.

    The fully air-conditioned hi-tech buses known as “Garuda” having audio-video entertainment for the passengers would leave from both the ends at 4.30 p.m. every day and cover the distance - 935 km. in 16 hours. The buses would have stoppages at Srikakulam, Cuttack and Kharagpur. The bus would provide connectivity to the people of West Bengal, Orissa besides those in the north coastal Andhra Pradesh. The fare will be Rs.949 per head for adults and Rs.716 for children...

    Two more planned: Later, Mr. Narayana Rao told mediapersons that the RTC was planning to add two Garuda services to Hyderabad and Bangalore from here. On the recently introduced “couple gift card” scheme, he said after Guntur, the Vizag region had topped the card sales in the State.

    The card costs Rs.1,000 each and under this scheme the couple and their children (below five years) can travel anywhere in the State in any RTC bus (except air-conditioned ones) for four days.
    - Babji, in 11 years
  • Reliance Retail opens more stores (

    Reliance Retail Ltd has added three more stores here, in addition to the existing three, and is planning to set up six more in the next two months, according to a press release issued by the company. The release says that the three new stores have been set up at Peda Waltair, Dwarakanagar and Santipuram. The new stores are in the non-food category and the earlier three stores are selling vegetables. The three new stores “will feature a new section for avid mobile han dset purchasers with a wide variety at affordable prices.”
    - cbeboy, in 11 years
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    Airbus service to Kolkata launched
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The first airbus operation from the city was launched on Tuesday by the country’s fastest growing and largest low-cost airliner Air Deccan. Air Deccan, which first launched its operations to the city in April 2004, launched its new acquisition 20th brand new Airbus A-320, taking its total fleet to 44, in Visakhapatnam-Kolkata sector. The airbus with a capacity of 180-seats will have daily service.

    “After the modernisation and inauguration of extended runway, the first airbus successfully landed and took off. It’s a moment of pride for all those trying to improve air connectivity to the city,” Airport Control Manager C. Pattabhi said.

    Efforts are also on to make the airport operations 24x7 once Navy gets ready to spare its manpower for facilitating night-landing facility. Though the necessary infrastructure is put in place, night landing is yet to be introduced. Indian and King Fisher are also gearing up to introduce airbus service from the city to Hyderabad, Bangalore and other destinations shortly. Airport officials are also hopeful that some international airliners will also have connectivity with the city...
    - Babji, in 11 years
  • Biodiesel unit at Vizag planned

    Southern Online Bio-Technologies (SBT), which began commercial production of biodiesel on Thursday at its Nalgonda unit, has decided to set up another unit in Visakhapatnam with an investment of Rs 75 crore. “We are trying options such as preferential allotment, FCCB and GDRs to raise the funds,” Mr Satish Kumar, Managing Director, said. The Nalgonda plant can produce 40,000 litres a day.
    - cbeboy, in 12 years
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    2 more platforms by next month
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam railway station will have the distinction of having three new platforms in one year as the construction of two new platforms in the city railway station has been speeded up and it is likely to be completed by August. Once completed the station will have eight platforms on a par with Hyderabad, the second highest in Andhra Pradesh. This would mean that there would be 60 per cent increase in the platform capacity of the city station which would reflect in the reduction of trains’ waiting time for vacant platforms.

    Vijayawada station tops the list with 10 platforms. Sources said more than 60 per cent of the civil works that includes construction of platform walls, filling of earth and concreting of the floor is over and the authorities are hopeful that trains might chug into the platforms in September.

    It costs about Rs.1 crore for the construction of the platforms which is coming up in the island portion between the existing platforms five and six. Interestingly it was only in November last year platform six was opened. Once the new platforms are ready they will be named six and seven and the existing platform six will become eight. The new platforms could accommodate trains with 24 coaches They would be 600-metre-long with a width of 10.5 metres. The Railways would spend another Rs.1 crore for constructing roof to a length of 150 metres, providing water, electrical, toilets and other facilities, extending the foot overbridges (those in the middle and the north) and constructing stairs to the bridges ...
    - Babji, in 12 years
  • Gangavaram Port
    The second port coming up in Vizag.

    Gangavaram Beach - The location of the upcoming port.

    Gangavaram Port is centrally located along the East Coast of India around the Latitude 17° 37' N and Longitude 83° 14' E, about 15 kms south of Visakhapatnam Port.

    The coast forms a bay between Yarada Hill at north and Mukkoma Hill at south. A creek in between these two hills forms Balacheruvu Lagoon, where the natural port of Gangavaram is being developed.


    Located at Visakhapatnam, the industrial nerve center of Andhra Pradesh

    Deepest Port in India (21m), capable of handling super cape vessel up to 200,000 DWT

    Logistics & freight advantage due to larger vessel sizes

    Well connected to National and Regional Rail & Road network

    Over 2800 acres of uninhabited backup area for transit storage and blending

    24 x 7 - Marine and Cargo operations

    State of the art cargo handling equipment

    Fastest turnaround of vessels

    Most environmental friendly port

    No pre-berthing delays

    Proximity to major industrial and mineral belts of eastern and central India

    Phase 1 Development

    5 berths (Iron-ore 1; Coal 1; Multipurpose 3)
    Fully Mechanised Coal handling system for handling vessels up to 200,000 DWT
    Fully Mechanised Iron ore loading system for handling vessels up to 200,000 DWT
    Modern Harbour Mobile Cranes for other bulk and break bulk cargoes
    Excellent Rail and Road connectivity to the hinterland
    Mechanised Wagon loading and Wagon tippling system
    Vast open storage and covered transit sheds for bulk and break bulk cargoes

    Port Connectivity

    Rail: 2.3 kms Rail link, under development, connects the port to the main broad gauge national network of Chennai – Visakhapatnam – Howrah rail corridor, giving access to whole of Northern and Southern India.

    Road: An excusive 4-lane expressway, already established, connects the port with the National Highway No.5 running from Chennai to Kolkata, connecting the port to the entire national road network.

    Status Pics

    Aerial Pics by Timir Mozumder
    - Luckystreak, in 12 years
  • Gangavaram Port
    The second port coming up in Vizag.

    Gangavaram Beach - The location of the upcoming port.

    Gangavaram Port is centrally located along the East Coast of India around the Latitude 17° 37' N and Longitude 83° 14' E, about 15 kms south of Visakhapatnam Port.

    The coast forms a bay between Yarada Hill at north and Mukkoma Hill at south. A creek in between these two hills forms Balacheruvu Lagoon, where the natural port of Gangavaram is being developed.


    Located at Visakhapatnam, the industrial nerve center of Andhra Pradesh

    Deepest Port in India (21m), capable of handling super cape vessel up to 200,000 DWT

    Logistics & freight advantage due to larger vessel sizes

    Well connected to National and Regional Rail & Road network

    Over 2800 acres of uninhabited backup area for transit storage and blending

    24 x 7 - Marine and Cargo operations

    State of the art cargo handling equipment

    Fastest turnaround of vessels

    Most environmental friendly port

    No pre-berthing delays

    Proximity to major industrial and mineral belts of eastern and central India

    Phase 1 Development

    5 berths (Iron-ore 1; Coal 1; Multipurpose 3)
    Fully Mechanised Coal handling system for handling vessels up to 200,000 DWT
    Fully Mechanised Iron ore loading system for handling vessels up to 200,000 DWT
    Modern Harbour Mobile Cranes for other bulk and break bulk cargoes
    Excellent Rail and Road connectivity to the hinterland
    Mechanised Wagon loading and Wagon tippling system
    Vast open storage and covered transit sheds for bulk and break bulk cargoes

    Port Connectivity

    Rail: 2.3 kms Rail link, under development, connects the port to the main broad gauge national network of Chennai – Visakhapatnam – Howrah rail corridor, giving access to whole of Northern and Southern India.

    Road: An excusive 4-lane expressway, already established, connects the port with the National Highway No.5 running from Chennai to Kolkata, connecting the port to the entire national road network.

    nice pics and updates @Luckstreak.
    The GoAP awarded the project for development to D.V. Raju and consortium in 2002
    on BOT basis. (Rs.1850 crore, for 33 year period).
    By 2007-08, the promoters are supposed to commission one berth or two.
    Phase I: 2 breakwaters having a total length of approx 2.6 km and 5 berths

    Project will be developed in 3 phases in about 10-15 year period.
    - Babji, in 12 years
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    VISAKHAPATNAM: A trendy food court to cater to people visiting the beach is planned on the beach road here in public-private partnership. The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) will provide land as its share. The food court is planned on 1,435 square yards of land near the Police Officers’ Mess.

    The food court will have banquet halls, recreation facilities and play equipment for children and something akin to snow world too, according to officials. Technical, business and financial proposals have been invited to which 10 agencies responded. A selection committee comprising GVMC officials and AP Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation (APITCO), the project associate, found three agencies qualified for business and financial proposals.

    BOT: A Hyderabad-based firm offered a revenue of Rs.9.01 crores covering an 18-year lease on Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis. The amount includes Rs.10 lakhs as one-time non-returnable development fee, lease rentals of Rs.2.52 crores and additional development premium of Rs.6.38 crores for 18 years. The land itself is valued at Rs.1.79 crores.

    The project will be developed at a cost of Rs.5 crores and has to be transferred to the GVMC at the end of the lease period. Thus the total benefit to the corporation is calculated as the project and the revenue from it...
    - Babji, in 12 years
  • great updates on Gangavaram port! how about having a seperate thread for this project?
    - pding, in 12 years
  • bhaba atomic research center coming up in vizag!
    this is big news.
    - ..devil.., in 12 years
  • Vizag to steal city's IT thunder
    27 Jul 2007, 0453 hrs IST,K V Ramana,TNN
    HYDERABAD: Chalo Vizag! That could well be the motto for Hyderabad’s IT companies as several of them are venturing into the port city. And it’s not merely the tempting 23-km IT corridor planned between Kailasgiri and Bheemili that’s attracting investors, but also the serene beaches at Rishikonda and beautiful Araku Valley that’s drawing them.

    How serious a destination it has become is evident in US multinational Kenexa’s move to shift its global delivery hub from Hyderabad to Vizag. “This will become our hub for innovations and intellectual space, research and development,” Kenexa’s global CEO Rudy Karson said. Kenexa’s facility will come on a 25-acre campus and, what is more, many of its Hyderabad employees will be transferred to the port city.

    Others include... Satyam, which is setting up two units in Vizag: One at Resapuvanipalem spanning 6.5 acres and the other on the Vizag-Bheemili road as an SEZ. Infotech Enterprises is planning to invest Rs 30 crore and develop an SEZ on 5 acres in Rishikonda. HSBC is also present.

    “The situation in Vizag is similar to that in Hyderabad in, say 1999, when Hi-Tec City had just started coming up at Madhapur. Since Hyderabad is getting saturated, IT companies have discovered Vizag and found it to be a great place,” an industry analyst said. Of course, Vizag’s poor air connectivity is still a problem.

    “Vizag’s landscape is changing. It’s a happening place and it’s going to become big,” IT principal secretary S K Joshi said. According to Infotech’s Global HR President Ashok Reddy, “The city is growing and the talent pool is available there. That’s why we are going there. Our facility will start operating next year.” The company will handle its marine design and automobile unit from Vizag.

    For employees, it’s the after-office and week-end getaways that makes Vizag score over Hyderabad. “Rishikonda, the beach and places like Araku valley make Vizag an interesting place...
    - Babji, in 12 years
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    Water sports enters Vizag in a big way
    VISAKHAPATNAM: Kayaking and Canoeing are the two water sports that are quite admired across the world, but hardly ever been heard of in the City of Destiny, bestowed with vast water bodies like Bay of Bengal and reservoirs, Mudasaralova, Meghadrigedda and Kanithi. With a view to popularise these two water sports here, the Kayaking and Canoeing Association of Visakhapatnam (KCAV) recently conducted the first Kayaking and Canoeing camp at Mudasarlova reservoir, free of cost.

    Among the 50 children, above 10 years, who took part in the camp, 14 were girls. Though the camp gave preference to swimmers, but quite a few children who did not know swimming had also participated. The INS Circars provided the boats.

    ‘A wonderful experience’ : Initially, balancing of boat without the use of a pedal was taught. After they learnt balancing and pedalling the boat with the hand, they were given the pedals followed by speeding exercise. Kayaking and Canoeing are very similar to each other, but in canoeing one has to kneel and row the boat, which is little difficult.

    Many children can easily learn Kakaying, but only a few can learn canoeing well in the first time itself. A student of Bullaya College A.S. Mahalakshmi who took part in the camp said, “It was a wonderful experience...
    - Babji, in 13 years
  • Gangavaram Port
    The second port coming up in Vizag.

    Gangavaram Beach - The location of the upcoming port.

    I don't want to be a downer, but were there any Environmental studies conducted before screwing up such a serene beach?
    - harsh1802, in 13 years
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    IA’s direct flights
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Indian Airlines will operate direct flights from the city to Mumbai and Hyderabad from August 8. The flight leaves Mumbai at 6.55 a.m. and reaches here at 8.40 a.m. It leaves here for Mumbai at 12.55 p.m. and reaches there at 2.40 p.m.

    The direct flight to Hyderabad leaves here at 9.20 a.m. and reaches there at 10.20 a.m. The flight leaves for Visakhapatnam at 11.15 a.m. and reaches here at 12.15 p.m.

    There is no change in the schedule of other flights operating from and to Visakhapatnam ...
    - Babji, in 13 years
  • Ramky group setting up pharma incubation centres (

    Ramky Group plans to create two distinct incubation centres for pharma companies near Vizag with an investment outlay of Rs 170 crore. Of this Rs 50 crore would be invested in phase-I to host 25 start-ups.

    The Hyderabad-based civil and environmental solutions provider, now in the process of developing a pharma city near Visakhapatnam, expects to see investment of Rs 5,000 crore in the 600-acre special economic zone (SEZ).
    - cbeboy, in 13 years
  • Ocean park to enter Vizag

    Ocean Park Group forays into realty business in big way
    Announces the launch of two mega real estate projects in Visakhapatnam and one in Hyderabad; Brings many first of kind of Sea Sports for the first time India to the city of ports and Embarks on Multi Architectural Concept Satellite Township of International Standards in Hyderabad

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    Ocean Park Group of Companies, the Hyderabad based group known for its unique projects and many of India’s FIRSTS and LANDMARK PROJECTS expands to Visakhapatnam, one of the top five fastest growing towns in the country.

    Disclosing this addressing a press conference in city today Mr. M. Venkateswara Rao, Managing Director of the group said that it has embarked on a major real estate projects in Visakhapatnam, which include a 150-acre Prestige Golf City project at Denkada, Bhogapuram mandal near to the proposed International Airport. 37 kms away from Visakhapatnam and 9 kms from Vizianagaram it will have a Golf Course, Club House, Gardens, Avenue Plantations located on the banks of Champavathi River.

    Prestige Blues is another dream project of yet another 150-acre area located at Jeerupalem village offering the unique and first of its kind Ocean Park Film Studio, An Amusement Park including Sea Sports for the first time in India. Both these projects are located in and around Visakhapatnam. Out of 150 acres of this unique beach project, 80 acres is ear marked for beach farmhouses and farm plots and balance for film studio and amusement park.

    The Prestige Global City is a yet another landmark project in Hyderabad. Located in 1000-acre land this is a multi architectural satellite township of its own kind for the first time in India. It will come up on Hyderabad and Vijayawada National High Way. This will have residential apartments, individual bungalows and commercial complex. Another uniqueness of this project which company very proudly boasts is it will have colonies of different cultures (built according to their architectures) viz: Chinese Colony, Swiss Colony, European Colony, Greek Colony, etc. Modern Colony and Indian Colony, informed Mr. Rao.

    To mark its entry, to symbolize its arrival in Visakhapatnam and celebrate the same a grand gala Star Night is organized at Gurajada Kalakshetram, Siripuram on Saturday evening at 6.30 pm. The eventful evening will be graced by stylish star Allu Arjun, Samba Sivarao, Commissioner of Police, Kamana Jethmalani, Abhinayasree, Archana(Veda)--the glamour queens of Tollywood, AVS and Venu Madhav --comedians and Yandamuri Veerendranath, famous writer. Singing sensation Devi Sri Prasad will enthrall the invited guests.

    It is also planned to unveil a brand new logo, a new look for the Ocean Park Group of Companies. The logo that will go in sync with its future growth strategies will form part of all its corporate communications henceforth.

    This is the first time Ocean Park Group of Companies has expanded to outside Hyderabad. Though they have presence at Guntur, in a very small way.

    Replying to a question what prompted their expansion in such a big way to Visakhapatnam, the unprecedented growth that city has been recording off late. It is today one of the top five growing cities in the country Mr. Rao replied.

    Ocean Park Group of Companies is a name to reckon for many India’s Firsts and Landmark Projects, which include Snow World, the world’s biggest and India’s first snow leisure and entertainment facility. Its journey began way back in the year 1997 with Ocean Park. Today it is A.P’s exclusive and the largest water and amusement park. Other feathers in its cap include Kart Kave, India’s biggest themed indoor Go Kart Arena with a Rocky Cave Theme, Animatronix Tourism Projects like Living Dead and Rain Forest.

    With the proposed projects and its proven track record the group is all poised to repeat its performance in Visakhapatnam. It will recreate history with more star attractions and previously unheard of Sea Sports for the first time in India at our own Vizag, which is already the most preferred tourist destination in our state.

    We at all our group of companies believe in “be different and make the difference”. Wherever and whatever we do, we leave indelible marks on the city. Our projects in the state capital are almost synonymous with some of the 400 years old edifices in the city, informed Mr. Rao.
    - ..devil.., in 13 years
    Tokyo's Eisai to invest Rs 500 cr in Vizag SEZ
    11 Aug, 2007, 0422 hrs IST,Gunjan Pradhan Sinha, TNN
    HYDERABAD: Tokyo-based pharma major Eisai has zoomed on India to set up a new Rs 500 crore manufacturing and R&D centre. The $5.6 billion company will join the league of MNCs such as Dupont, Mylan, Nektar and Pharma Zell GmbH that are setting up shop here to leverage on skilled talent pool and lower labour costs.

    Eisai’s manufacturing and R&D centre will be housed in the Pharma SEZ at Vizag. The manufacturing facility will be used to make active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and finished formulations. And basic research work will be done at the R&D centre.

    “The facility will be spread over 50 acres in Vizag’s pharma SEZ and will kick-start by the end of five years. Once these operations set rolling, Eisai may also consider an extra Rs 200-300 crore investment in the same location,” a senior government official told ET.

    The Ramky Group is developing the pharma SEZ at Vizag, spanning over 600 acres. “The group will sign a formal lease agreement with Eisai, once it gets a formal approval from the Development Commissioner,” CEO Ramky Pharma City P Eshwar Reddy said...

    Eisai has three manufacturing establishments in Japan, one each in the US, Indonesia, Taiwan and China. In Japan, the company operates in two business segments. The pharma segment does R&D, manufacturing and also markets drugs. The sale is for both over-the-counter and diagnostic uses.
    The other segment offers food additives, chemicals and medicine manufacturing equipment. Eisai has 45 subsidiaries and one associated company in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia...

    A host of MNCs are setting up base in Andhra, which is emerging as a pharma hub. The pharma city at Vizag will house Pharma Zell GmbH and US-based Mylan. Dupont and Nektar are setting up their facilities near Hyderabad.
    - Babji, in 13 years
  • Undersea restaurant in vizag

    The Hyderabad-based Oceanpark Group, which is into real estate and entertainment business, plans to set up an undersea restaurant near Visakhapatnam. The company is awaiting approval from the Centre to undertake the project.

    “We plan to invest Rs 50 crore in the undersea restaurant, which will have a seating capacity of 60. We have sought permission from the central government and once we get it, we would start the work,” M Venkateswara Rao, managing director, Oceanpark Group, said. The company will collaborate with an Italian firm for this venture, he said.

    Meanwhile, the group is implementing two mega real estate and entertainment projects in and around Visakhapatnam with an investment of Rs 600 crore.

    “We are developing Golf City project on 150 acres at Bhogapuram and Prestige Blues project, which includes a film studio, helicopter joyride, helium balloon, yachting and farm houses, at the Jeerapalem village near Ranasthalam also on 150 acres,” he said.

    The first phase of these projects would be ready by next year.
    - ..devil.., in 13 years
  • bhaba atomic research center

    Government has decided to set up an expansion unit of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh with an initial investment of over Rs 2000 crore.

    This will be part of the UPA government's developmental programme in the state and the expansion unit in Visakhapatnam would be next to Trombay in size, Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh told reporters.

    Dismissing reports that the Centre was discriminating against the state, Ramesh, who is a Rajya Sabha member from Andhra Pradesh, said that the acquisition of land for the new unit is in process.
    - ..devil.., in 13 years
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    NJR asks Lalu for separate railway zone
    VISAKHAPATNAM: Congress MP and former Chief Minister N. Janardhan Reddy on Tuesday asked Railway Minister Lalu Prasad to exclude Waltair division from East Coast Railway and form a separate zone with Visakhapatnam as the headquarters.

    Stating that injustice was done to Waltair – highest revenue earning division – by including it in EcoR with headquarters at Bhubaneswar, the MP who met Mr. Lalu Prasad in Delhi said creation of separate zone should be done in deference to public opinion. He said Waltair division had earned a savings of over Rs.2,250 crores during last fiscal and it entitled to become a zonal headquarter.

    BHPV merger: In a letter, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises V. Santosh Mohan Dev informed Mr. Reddy that the merger of Bharat Heavy Plate and Vessels with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited had been finalised and the plan had been sent to various ministries for approval by the competent authority.
    - Babji, in 14 years
  • Mittal Energy, Total, HPCL to team up for India refinery project with an investment of 30,000 crores

    MUMBAI (Thomson Financial) - Mittal Energy Investments Ltd plans to team up with France's Total SA and India's Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) to set up a mega greenfield refinery-cum-petrochemical project in India, the Financial Express reported, citing unnamed HPCL sources.

    The project is expected to cost over 300 bln rupees, the report added, and will be located near Visakhapatnam in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

    Mittal Energy Investments is wholly owned by Mittal Investments Sarl, which in turn owns 38 pct in Mittal Steel Company NV (nyse: MT - news - people ), which merged with Arcelor to form Arcelor Mittal -- the world's largest steel company.

    The report said a memorandum of understanding for executing this project will be signed 'shortly', adding that HPCL's board met on Wednesday to clear the MoU proposal.

    'Confirming the move, a senior HPCL official said the joint venture route was the most appropriate... for the project,' the report said.

    It quoted other sources as saying HPCL is already in the process of acquiring 1,500 acres of land from the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corp for this project.

    The report also named GAIL (India) and Oil India Ltd as the other expected joint venture partners.
    - ..devil.., in 14 years
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    Vizag making strides on information technology front
    VISAKHAPATNAM: Wipro Limited is on fast-track mode in building its campus with an initial 750-seater capacity in the city. Its campus is getting ready on an area of seven acres right opposite the Satyam Centre which was inaugurated three months ago.

    Wipro has plans to increase its capacity to 6,000-seater with an investment of Rs. 200 crores. It will have both software development and business process outsourcing.

    Apart from Satyam and Wipro’s campuses, training centres by several IT majors, including Satyam will come in and around Rushikonda. The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) is developing the layout for IT SEZ at Rushikonda on an area of 100 acres.

    The State Government, as part of its new IT policy, has reiterated its resolve to showcase Visakhapatnam as an ideal destination for investment after Hyderabad. Hence, being the most preferred tier-II city, Visakhapatnam is poised to have a lion’s share in the State’s projected IT export turnover of Rs.69,000 crores by 2009, says a city-based software entrepreneur.

    Enough manpower: With a dozen engineering colleges located in and around the city, manpower availability is not a problem for the software companies. The physical infrastructure, social costs and recreational facilities and the scenic beauty of valley and sea are considered the added advantages for investors to put their money in new units here.

    Up in turnover: Visakhapatnam, which had just 16 IT units with a turnover of Rs.5 crores in 1999, could raise it to 47 units with a turnover of Rs.109 crores in 2005-06 and 60 units with Rs.150 crores in 2006-07. It will witness a quantum jump once the new units start their operations.

    The Government is in the process of setting up incubation centres with ready-built space with plug and play mode for first generation entrepreneurs, IT towers at Madhurawada and Yendada for SMEs and home-grown large campuses and offering incentives for private IT parks to increase job opportunities in IT and IT-enabled services.
    - Babji, in 14 years
  • So many developments in Vizag! This industrial town is growing and expanding quickly!
    - irutavias, in 14 years
  • New resort at Rushikonda (

    Vinayagar Hotels and Resorts Private Ltd (Vihar), a beachside restaurant and resort, was inaugurated here at Rushikonda beach on Sunday. Developed by the promoters as a joint venture with the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC), it is meant to cater to the needs of the growing number of tourists to Visakhapatnam, according to Mr Venugopal, Chief Executive Officer. He told presspersons that the company was given two acres of land on a 25-year lease by the beach by the Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation (GVMC) to set up the resort. He said, “We have spent Rs 1 crore on the construction of a lounge bar and restaurant, food courts and banqueting facilities. It will offer a panoramic glimpse of the Bay of Bengal and it will have the right atmosphere and ambience for weddings, private parties and conferences
    - cbeboy, in 14 years
  • IBM enters Vizag,%20Enters%20Vizag

    IBM India announced its operations in Vizag, as part of its expansion plans to enter 14 new cities in the country, in line with its strategy to make India a truly global hub. This would enable IBM to strengthen its pan India foothold and cater specially to the unique requirements of the various clients across the city of Vizag and its neighboring markets.

    IBM is slated to spread its wings in six additional cities including Nashik, Surat, Bhubaneswar, Jamshedpur, Jaipur & Madurai; with Chandigarh, Nagpur, Coimbatore, Goa, Lucknow, Bhopal and Lucknow already being operational. IBM envisions setting new standards of excellency through the newly opened centres which are state of the art.

    Lingraju Sawkar, VP - GSMB, IBM India/South Asia, said, "Our entry into Vizag is a reflection of IBM's continued commitment to working closely with the newer segments throughout India to empower them with world class technology; thus paving their way to success."

    "Small and Medium Businesses play an integral role in sustaining India's growth story. Vizag, a fast-growing city will be an important market for IBM, and this initiative will further reinforce our commitment to deliver things faster and better to our customers," Lingraju added.

    IBM appreciates the progress the country has made in building up their technology infrastructure and the support of education programs to advance the capabilities of the local workforce. IBM is keen on tapping this huge potential of the local market. With over 3000 SMB customers in India, IBM's operations in Vizag will target various clients across segments and focus on specific verticals such as manufacturing, defence /government, IT/ITES, education, pharma, travel & tourism.

    As the fastest growing sector in IBM India, the Global Small & Medium Business (GSMB) unit is well equipped to address this growth and offer SMBs the solutions and technologies that are not only critical to their survival in the challenging Indian market but which will give them a competitive edge over others globally. IBM's Technologies and Solutions for Indian Small and Mid-market businesses provide easy access to a portfolio of products and services and enhanced support.

    IBM has invested in the development of products and services specifically priced and designed for the SMB marketplace under the brand name 'IBM Express Portfolio'. IBM's Express portfolio is comprised of hardware, software, services, solutions and financing and is designed to meet specific criteria for SMBs which will provide them the requisite know-how to broaden their market base.

    These offerings are delivered through sales and marketing team of 6,000 people and a network of 90,000 Business Partners, organized in 243 local sales territories around the world. We look forward to having long and mutually beneficial relationships with our existing and potential customers
    - ..devil.., in 14 years
  • Athena Power to set up 1200MW project at Vizag

    MUMBAI: The Hyderabad-based Athena Power Projects (APPL) has roped in Power Trading Corporation (PTC) and Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (IDFC) to set up a 1,200MW power plant in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

    The power plant will cost around Rs 4,200 crore and will use imported coal as its feedstock. Power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is likely to announce this project soon, said sources in the power ministry.

    The consortium has been christened as East Coal Energy with former Gail India CMD CR Prasad as its managing director. Former power secretary RV Shahi is learnt to be the advisor to APPL for setting up this power project, the sources added.

    The consortium has awarded the contract to Knowledge Systems to secure coal linkage of 4 million tonnes per annum. The first phase of this project is likely to commence operations in the next three years. The cost of power generation will depend upon the company’s access to captive coal blocks and the price of imported coal.

    The debt-equity ratio for the project is likely to be in the region of 2:1. The Vijay-Rao promoted APPL, in association with AP Power Generation Corporation, also has the operation and the maintenance contract for the 1200 MW Teesta Stage III Hydro Electric Power Project in Sikkim.
    - ..devil.., in 15 years
  • ILS on for civilian flights at Vizag airport

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Instrument Landing System (ILS), which guides the aircraft to land safely during bad weather conditions, was made available to civilian flights at Vizag airport on Friday.

    Airport controller C Pattabi on Friday said with the ILS on, there would be hardly any diversions or cancellations on account of poor visibility.

    He said the new system would build confidence among the Air travel community.

    He said the night-landing facility in the airport, controlled by the Indian Navy from its ATC at INS Dega, would help the aircraft to take off and land during night time when it starts functioning
    - ..devil.., in 15 years
  • Great. Now Aircrafts can land in the Fog as well as at night. AP government should develop Vizag as the tourist and industrial capital of AP. Too bad all the focus is always on HYD and IT.
    - irutavias, in 15 years
  • Great. Now Aircrafts can land in the Fog as well as at night. AP government should develop Vizag as the tourist and industrial capital of AP. Too bad all the focus is always on HYD and IT.

    now seriously, that is def one of the dumbest one liners (ok, it's a one liner but you get the point) i've ever seen. i think GoAP realizes the potential of Vizag and that is why the whole belt of Vizag, Vijayawada, and Kakinada is being developed into an industrial zone. two new ports are coming up and the existing one is already one of the largest and oldest ports in the country. many SEZs are coming up in this region.
    the criticism of IT/Hyd receiving all attention is a thing of the past. the current govt realizes that manufacturing and industry holds a lot of potential and its the real way of generating a lot of employment and getting huge investments.
    - pding, in 15 years
  • Deccan Chronicle
    2,000 acres given to UAE plant
    Hyderabad, Sept. 4: The State government has agreed to provide 2,000 acres of land to the UAE based Anrak company to set up a Rs 9,000-crore aluminium plant in the bauxite-rich Narsipatnam mandal of Visakhapatnam district. Sources told this correspondent that Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy had approved the proposal and asked the joint collector of Visakhapatnam to identify land and acquire it.

    The aluminium plant of Anrak of Ras al-Khaimah, one the emirates of the UAE, will be the second in Visakhapatnam district. Jindal South West Steel Ltd has signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a Rs 9,500 crores aluminium project in the district. "The Anrak project is identical to the Jindal venture," a senior official told this correspondent.

    Sources said that the APIIC would acquire the land and sell it to Anrak to set up the plant, ancillary units, housing colony among others. The land will be sold at the rate of Rs 1.6 lakh to Rs 2 lakh per acre, it is learnt. The Chief Minister instructed officials to ensure smooth takeover of land and asked the company to pay the best compensation to farmers.

    "The Chief Minister was very particular that farmers whose land is being taken over should not face problems. The compensation should be the best in the market," another official added. The AP Mineral Development Corporation will supply bauxite to both Jindal and Anrak projects.

    According to corporation MD V.D. Rajagopal, the corporation has promised to supply 4.5 million tonnes per annum. "We were told that the company will produce 2.5 lakh tonnes of aluminium per annum," he explained. The government has promised to take up afforestation on 5,000 acres in Kurnool district to offset the loss of forest cover due to the project in Vizag. According to rules, the compenstory afforestation can be taken up in any part of the State...

    The Jindal South West Steel Ltd project comprises a refinery of 1.5 million tonnes per annum and a smelter of 0.25 million tonnes per annum. MECON has a prepared feasibility report for establishing an alumina plant near the vicinity of Visakhapatnam port. APMDC has already applied for mining leases in 24 areas and three leases are close to finalisation.
    - Babji, in 15 years
  • Underwater Vehicle Centre set up at NSTL
    VISAKHAPATNAM: An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Centre, which serves as a nodal point for development of AUVs, was inaugurated at the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory on Wednesday by AUV project director Cmde N Banerjee.

    AUVs are robotic systems capable of carrying payloads (instruments, sensors or weapons). These are a new class of intelligent underwater vehicles operable without human supervision that can undertake survey, surveillance and reconnaissance.

    Development of such vessels requires inter-disciplinary efforts in the fields of hydrodynamics, control and guidance, battery technologies, propulsion, materials, computation, miniature hardware, acoustics, radio communications and vision systems. Banerjee lauded NSTL’s efforts to develop world-class AUVs and exuded confidence that it (NSTL) would reach greater heights in fields related to naval science.

    NSTL director V Bhujanga Rao said the AUV Centre was built at a cost of Rs 1.67 crore. It has a large assembly bay to enable the assembly of AUVs and houses a robotic lab, a control and propulsion lab, and a testing and tuning lab. Additional chief of construction (R&D), South, Govindarajan was present.

    AUVs are robotic systems capable of carrying payloads
    - ..devil.., in 15 years
  • URL:
    Bidders for high-rise zone finalised
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority has finalised bidders for its joint venture exclusive high-rise zone in three plots of five acres each at Paradesipalem. The techno business proposals were evaluated by a screening committee. While four firms were short-listed for the first plots three each were selected for the second and third.

    The VUDA had called for Expression of Interest for public-private partnership for the zone in April.

    Amenities: The super deluxe apartments will have amenities like swimming pool, club house, shopping arcade, gardens and lawns. APITCO Ltd., Hyderabad, the consultant for the project, finalised the successful bidders last month.

    While a single firm -- Vinayagar Promoters and Builders -- successfully bid for Plot 1 and Plot 3, Sri Dattatreya Constructions and Services Pvt. Ltd. bagged the second plot. They will be lead developers for the projects. Each of the three projects costs Rs.89.2 crores. They should be completed in 30 months.

    According to sources, the high-rise zone will comprise apartments between 36 m and 45 m height. Officials say the concept designs have been accepted but the final designs have to be approved by the VUDA Vice-Chairman and its board. The promoter has to get the approval of the Airports Authority, Fire Department and environmental clearance as well...
    - Babji, in 15 years
  • URL:
    Double delight for State cricket fans
    HYDERABAD: It should be double delight for the cricket crazy fans of Andhra Pradesh. Within a day after it was revealed that Rajiv Gandhi Stadium (Uppal) got the nod to host Test and one-day internationals, it was the turn of ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam to get a similar approval from the same ICC match referee Alan Hurst.

    The Australian seemed to be completely floored by the way the inspection went around last month. “It was an exceptional way of presenting the venue for inspection. This is the best outfield of all the five centres I had inspected on this trip to India,” is his frank confession in the report, a copy of which is available with The Hindu.

    Colourful brochure: ACA secretary V. Chamundeswaranath was more professional in his job handing over to Mr. Hurst a colourful brochure highlighting the various features of the venue. “Excellent surface -- well drained and even covering of Bermuda grass. This is the best outfield surface of the five grounds I inspected on this trip,” Mr. Hurst remarked. “I would recommend that this venue be approved as suitable to conduct both ODI and Test matches subject to the following changes which I have been guaranteed will be attended to very quickly like improvements in players change-rooms, expanding the umpires’ room with additional facilities and setting up bigger scoreboard to facilitate more information during a match.
    - Babji, in 15 years
  • Knowledge city coming up in vizag (

    VISAKHAPATNAM: A mega project – for all practical purposes, a city away from the main city – is in the offing if the State government’s plan to set up ‘Integrated Vizag Knowledge City’ in an extent of 1,750 acres at Kapulauppada becomes a reality.

    In response to the advertisements by the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation for staking claim to develop the project, 18 firms have bought the bid documents

    Though the APIIC argues that it would not lead to flattening of the entire hillock and, in fact, create a huge talent pool, its critics say that it would convert the city into an entertainment zone. “With star hotels, 18-hole international standard golf course and several leisure tourism projects, it is likely to convert the city into a hub for tourism,” said K. Loknadham, CPI(M) city secretary.

    APIIC officials say it will have components like world-class eco-friendly buildings, housing township, star hotels and convention centres, shopping complexes, and all this will lead to establishment of several knowledge-based units. Countering its claim, critics say unlike knowledge cities coming up at Chennai, Bangalore, here no product is specified for promoting investments.

    Hence, they argue that it is likely to turn into an entertainment hub.
    - ..devil.., in 15 years
  • IT SEZ nearing completion (

    Huge employment potential, says APIIC official

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The first unit in the two IT-specific Special Economic Zones at the picturesque Rushikonda will be operational in two to three months.

    The building of Symbiosys Technologies is in advanced stage of completion with a built-up area of 1.05 lakh square feet. The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority has developed the layouts for the twin SEZs overlooking the sea after Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation earmarked 100 and 40 acres on two separate hillocks.

    “Every acre allotted for IT units in the SEZs will have an employment for 100 and the units allotted space are in various stages of construction,” APIIC Chief General Manager B.S. Naidu told The Hindu.

    The allotment of plots at the SEZs is almost over due to the announcement of the State Government to develop Visakhapatnam as a tier-II IT city and the hype over emergence of Rushikonda as `Andhra’s Silicon Valley.’ Several mega housing projects are coming up with an estimated investment of over Rs.5,000 crores in and around Rushikonda.

    Local unit

    “Ours is a locally registered IT firm with specialisation in Xpress solutions online and office in the United States, “ Symbiosys Technologies Managing Director Naresh Kumar said. The unit, which was first registered as a 100 per EoU in 2001 at the Special Economic Zone, Duvvada has some Fortune 500 companies as its clients.

    Brisk activity is going on at the SEZs with Satyam Technologies beginning civil work for its training centre near Thotlakonda on an area of 70 acres. Sources said after Symbiosys Technologies, Sankhya Technologies, Navayuga, Color Chips and other software companies would start their operations in the twin SEZs.

    Quantum jump

    The APIIC is hopeful that the annual turnover from IT companies functioning in Visakhapatnam, which is around Rs.200 crores, will go up to Rs. 900 crores in next two years.

    The APIIC has as of now acquired 2,524 acres for promoting IT Parks with 45 plots of which 27 have been allotted.

    Two incubation centres will come up near All India Radio and Yendada for plug in and plug operators to encourage first generation entrepreneurs. All the units will have a projected employment of 14,000.
    - ..devil.., in 15 years

    Visakhapatnam, Sept. 27 The number of domestic tourist arrivals to Andhra Pradesh, as well as Visakhapatnam, has gone up substantially in recent years and the State is in fact standing first, according to Mr Jeevan Prasad, Divisional Manager of the AP Tourism Development Corporation.

    On the occasion of the World Tourism Day on Thursday, he said the number of domestic tourist arrivals had gone up from 8.94 crore in 2004 to 11.17 crore in 2006 and the number of foreign tourists from 5.01 lakh to 6.69 lakh.

    He said that Visakhapatnam was being developed as a tourist destination, with several projects being taken up in recent times.

    “The number of tourists arriving here went up from 3.11 lakh in 2003 to 4 lakh in 2006 and till now 1.54 lakh tourists have arrived this year, marking a 13 per cent increase over the corresponding period last year. Of course, the number of tourists from West Bengal is more in Visakhapatnam. But we are making attempts to attract tourists from all over the country and abroad too,” he said.

    He said the construction of 24 AC rooms at Rushikonda beach had been taken up at a cost of Rs. 1.5 crore. Hotel Mayuri, with 65 rooms (53 being AC rooms), in Araku valley at a cost of Rs 5 crore and 16 more cottages at Anantagiri were the other major projects.

    The Vizag-Bheemli beach road widening is going on smoothly and it would offer an exhilarating ride to tourists, he said.

    Mr Prasad said that with several major projects coming up in the city and the IT sector picking up, the number of tourist arrivals would rise in future and, therefore, infrastructure was being strengthened by APTDC. The private sector was also contributing, with a number of resorts and hotel projects being taken up.
    - grimmm, in 15 years
  • Vizag Steel wins PM award (

    Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, Visakhapatnam, has won the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing Steel Plant for the year 2005 – 06. The award carries one crore rupees in cash. Instituted in 1992, the companies are evaluated on a slew of parameters including saleable steel capacity utilization, efficiency of operations, financial performance, export performance, quality of products, customer satisfaction, environment management, enabling parameters and observations of judges during the plant visits. The evaluation is carried out by a panel of judges led by the Secretary of Steel with management experts, economists and representatives of customers as members.

    The Secretary Steel Shri R. S. Pandey who conveyed the message to RINL today, congratulated the management and employees for the excellent work done. He hoped the award will motivate them in achieving new benchmarks in efficiency and productivity.
    - ..devil.., in 15 years
  • Work begins on record breaking Blast Furnace (

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The pouring of concrete, to concretise as much as 4,200 cubic metres, for laying the foundation of the blast furnace-3 of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) began on Friday with its Chairman and Managing Director P.K. Bishnoi launching the work.

    The work is going to create a record as the concrete pouring will continue non-stop for 68 hours and as many as 1,500 tonnes of cement, huge quantities of sand and about 500 tonnes VSP’s TMT bars are used for this huge concreting job. Besides six batching plants for ready mix concrete and 24 transit mixers have been deployed for the work. The operation is completely mechanised now whereas in 1981 when foundation for the blast furnace I and II was laid a huge manpower was deployed.

    The 3,800 cubic metre volume blast furnace will have all the latest technologies like pulverised coal injection, oxygen enrichment and copper staves for cooling.

    Larsen and Toubro, the consortium partner of Paulworth of Italy, is executing the work and the latter has taken up the blast furnace project on total turnkey basis. M.N. Dastur and Company of Kolkata is the principal consultant.
    - ..devil.., in 15 years
  • Nuclear
    submarine undergoing construction at Vizag (

    ...the Indian Navy is also looking at inducting five indigenous ATV nuclear submarines. The first one, currently under production at Vizag, is likely to undergo sea trials by next year. Little is known about the new Shang Class but the over 6,000 tonne submarine is bigger than India’s indigenous ATV nuclear submarine that is projected to be in the 5,000 tonne category. Analysts say that outwardly, the Chinese design seems to be a cross between the Russian Victor III design and the American Los Angeles class submarines....
    - ..devil.., in 16 years
  • Foundation laid for stage II of NTPC Simhadri power project (

    DEEPANJALINAGAR (VISAKHAPATNAM DT.): Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Sunday promised that power will be made available to all in the country by 2012.

    The Minister was here to lay the foundation for stage II of NTPC Simhadri Super Thermal Power Project. The project (2x500 MW) will involve an investment of Rs.5,038 crore.

    Both the units will be commissioned by 2011. Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy presided and NTPC Chairman and Managing Director T. Sankaralingam welcomed the gathering. Union Minister of State for Mines T. Subbarami Reddy, State Ministers Mohd. Ali Shabbir (Power), Konathala Ramakrishna (Commercial taxes), Kanna Lakshminarayana (Transport), MPs V. Hanumantha Rao, P. Chalapathi Rao, Parawada MLA Gandi Babji and a host of leaders were present.

    Major push

    Mr. Shinde said the Centre was according thrust to capacity addition besides creating more inter-regional transmission capacity and giving a major push to rural electrification.

    Referring to the National Electricity Policy, he said that under the Eleventh Five Year Plan, they had envisaged making power available to all in the next five years and create a reserve of 5 per cent.

    Regretting the bottlenecks regarding access to power in rural and interior areas, he said they were trying to increase the per capita availability to 1,000 units from around 600 units at present and provide a minimum lifeline
    - ..devil.., in 16 years
  • Vizag-Hyd-VZD industrial corridor on the cards (

    The State Government is taking up an ambitious plan to develop Hyderabad-Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam Growth Corridor (HVVGC) to give thrust to industrial growth in Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad, Nalgonda, Krishna, West Godavari, East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts.

    Three other districts -- Guntur, Khammam and Warangal -- also would come under the influence of the project.

    Under the project, the Government has identified six area-specific industrial hubs extending over 10,000 hectares to attract investments up to Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 10,000 crore and generate 8-10 lakh additional employment.

    The Government would provide high speed rail/road connectivity along the corridor with feeder road linkages, besides infrastructure facilities like underground water, sewer lines, oil and gas pipelines, power and telecommunications etc, at a cost of Rs. 15,000 crore in the first phase.

    Andhra Pradesh has emerged as one among the five progressive economy States in the country contributing about seven per cent of national economy.
    - ..devil.., in 17 years
  • Amphibious warship INS Jalashwa inducted into the Eastern Naval Command (

    New Delhi, Sept. 13 (PTI): The Indian Navy today inducted its largest amphibious assault ship and its first Landing Platform Dock (LPD) christened INS Jalashwa at a colouful function at the Vishakapatnam Naval base.

    Jalashwa, formerly the USS Trenton, has the capability to embark, transport and land various elements of an amphibious force and is equipped with mechanised landing craft, Sea King helicopters and armed with radars, ship to air missiles and rapid firing guns.

    The warship which was commissioned at US port of Norfolk on June 22 this year sailed into Vizag port last night and was inducted into the Eastern Naval fleet today, naval officials said.
    - ..devil.., in 17 years
  • Vizag- Emerging Hub (

    .....The current growth is expected to transform the focus of real estate development, from a limited set of topeight cities, to the new class of emerging urban centres such as Surat, Chandigarh, Nagpur, Jaipur, Visakhapatnam and Kochi”, said the report.

    In a short span of time, a rapid influx of corporates representing IT/ITeS and other services sectors has significantly impacted the demand for residential, commercial, social and hospitality infrastructure in these cities, which has roused the interest of investors and developer community in the changing landscape.

    According to the 2001 census, there are more than 35 cities in the country, each with over one million population, totalling 107 million people overall. The report said these figures indirectly translate the scope of potential investment that may be possible in these locations.

    However, it warns that with the rising capital investments in the Indian real estate sector, it is important to sustain these investments on a medium to long-term basis. Failure to do so may result in sun-optimal and delayed returns on investment.

    The economic, social and urban developments are critical factors for a city’s growth. The report has tried to do a systematic analysis of cities across India and categorized them with the growth and investment potential. The analysis is based on a set of parameters related to critical factors such as governance, infrastructure, income, business environment and quality of life to achieve a holistic assessment and comparing them on basis of a uniform metric.

    The indices are City Prosperity, Urban Governance, Business Environment, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. According to the report, there were primarily based on general affluence of the residents, government policies and regulations, which influence the investment climate, confidence of the private sector in investing in the city, level of existing social and physical infrastructure and the general quality of life in city.

    Out of the 47 cities, 8 cities are in the ‘A’ category, 16 are in ‘B’ category and the rest are in ‘C’ category. Cities like Delhi, Greater Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune and Ahmedabad are in ‘A’ category. Beyond these eight cities, five cities which have emerged as winners are Surat, Chandigarh, Nagpur, Vadodara, Visakhapatnam and Jaipur.
    - ..devil.., in 17 years
  • Vizag accorded Test Status (

    The BCCI on Friday ratified Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam as cricket Test match venues. While Hyderabad regains Test status after 19 years, this is a first for the port city.

    “Hyderabad could host a Test as early as next year depending on the rotation policy,” Shivlal said. “Visakhapatnam (falling under the Andhra Cricket Association, ACA) and Jaipur have also been conferred Test status,” Shivlal said. ACA president V. Chamundeswarnath said, “The new development will promote game in the region.”
    - ..devil.., in 18 years
  • 'Varunastra’ to be ready by 2009 (

    VISAKHAPATNAM: ‘Varunastra’ an electric torpedo being developed by the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), will be ready by 2009. The torpedo will target ships and will be the first heavyweight to be inducted into the Navy. The 7.6 m, 1,500 kg torpedo will be more lethal and has a range of up to 30 km.

    A new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) will be fully developed in two years. Once developed, the 1.5 ton AUV will be able to carry a payload of 500 kg. The vehicle will have an ‘intelligent’ system and will be self-propellant and can also hover at a particular spot but the enemy cannot detect it. Like an unmanned aircraft, it will intercept the target. A Thermal Tarpedo is also indigenously developed at the NSTL.

    These are some the new developments explained to a team of reporters on a visit for ‘A day at NSTL’ organised as part of the new public relations policy of the DRDO.......
    - ..devil.., in 18 years
  • Commissioning of LPG cavern project begins (

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The commissioning of various stages of mechanical equipment in the 60,000-tonne capacity liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cavern storage facility in Visakhapatnam has begun. The full fledged commissioning of the cavern, considered an engineering and technological marvel, by offloading LPG from a very large gas carrier (ship), which might be the first time to enter any Indian port, is expected soon.

    The cavern, the first of its kind in South and South-East Asia, is set up by the South Asia LPG Company Private Limited (SALPG), a 50:50 joint venture between the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and Total, a French oil major.

    SALPG Chief Executive Officer P. Dwarakanath told The Hindu that a hi-tech instrument from France to test the “cavern acceptance stress” was on the way and would be put to use in another three or four days.

    Thereafter when everything was satisfied it would undergo pressure test by filling it up with water. “We hope to satisfy about the safety and successful operation of the cavern before going in for a full fledged commissioning, ie. actual filling up with LPG, which would be done soon,” he said and added that there might be a formal function to mark the event.

    Solid setting

    The Rs. 333-crore project has come up near the harbour channel in Dolphin’s nose hill in Visakhapatnam. The foundation for the project was laid on February 19, 2004. Considered to be an engineering and technological marvel, the caverns with a volume of 1,23,600 cubic metres, have been dug up under a solid hard rock to store LPG at as low as 162 metres below main sea level (MSL). Incidentally the deepest portion of the cavern will be 196 metre MSL.

    The storage facility is made up of two caverns of size measuring 19 metres in height, 20 m in diameter and 160 m in length.

    Besides being safe from natural calamities and hazards like sabotage, and aerial bombings, the caverns are leak and fireproof.

    They are also jacketed with natural water curtains on three sides.....
    - ..devil.., in 18 years
  • ISKCON Vizag (

    please click on the link to view the updates on the largest ISKCON center in india(bangalore was the largest before this).
    - ..devil.., in 19 years
  • Hindujas keen to revive Vizag power project (

    The Hinduja group, which had abandoned the setting up of a 1,040MW coal-fired power plant in Visakhapatnam, is now keen to revive the project with some changes. The group has now expressed interest in setting up a 1,200MW merchant power facility consisting of two units of 600MW each. The new project would involve investments of over Rs6,000 crore, according to a senior official in the state power ministry, who did not wish to be identified.
    The original project had started off as a joint venture between the Hindujas and Edison Mission Energy. Later, the Hindujas tied up with the UK’s National Power. The project did not ever take off due to disputes regarding land, power tariff and the fuel supply agreement with Coal India Ltd.
    The Vishakapatnam project was one of eight power projects to be offered counter guarantees by the Indian government in 1992. Subsequently even the counter guarantees lapsed. Though they were revived by the NDA government in 1999, the present state government 2004 scrapped the power purchase agreement (PPA) with the company in 2004, citing high cost of power..........
    - ..devil.., in 19 years
  • High court stays work on multiplexes in Vizag (

    A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Justices Bilal Nazki and Ramesh Ranganathan directed the Sea Valley Resorts owned by Prabhu Raj Kishore from constructing six multiplexes and a 11-storeyed building on the Rama Krishna Beach in the port city of Visakhapatnam.

    The Bench also directed the District Judge to visit the construction site, take measurements of the constructions carried out by the developer and submit a report to the court within two weeks.

    The Fisherman Youth Welfare Association of Visakhapatnam filed a writ petition complaining that the developer had violated the rules by taking up the project as he neither obtained permission from the Coastal Regulatory Zone officials nor got the Environment Impact Assessment report from the Central Government.

    Meanwhile, the management of the resorts, which on an earlier occasion, had claimed that he had all permissions for the project, today admitted that they had none of them and would not go ahead with the work till necessary clearances were secured. At one stage, the court did not appreciate the action of the management in claiming that they have necessary permissions.....
    - ..devil.., in 19 years
  • Real estate growth in tier II cities faster than metros (

    ....Studies show that real estate growth in Tier-II cities such as Surat, Nagpur, Vizag and Jaipur is faster than metros. Tourism figures indicate that small towners are travelling abroad with abandon. Such towns form 40-45% of first-time travellers abroad. Fashion retailers too are investing in towns like Jamshedpur, Nasik and Rajkot. Reports say that organised retailing is small-towns is growing at over 50% annually......
    - ..devil.., in 19 years
  • Night landing ready to go (

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Defence Minister A.K. Antony has assured Visakhapatnam MP N. Janardhana Reddy that decision on allowing night landing operations at Visakhapatnam airport would be taken at the earliest by deploying additional manpower as the navy’s INS Dega controls the airport and the air traffic control.

    Mr. Janardhana Reddy, who spoke to Mr. Antony on the issue, pointed out that necessary facilities for night operation like runway lights, approach lights, apron flood lights and obstruction lights on the top of the hills around Vizag airfield have been created, tested and they are ready for use. He said night landing facilities would enable international air carriers to begin their flights to Vizag. The MP told the Minister that most of the business community wanted to reach the city in the morning and return late in the evening. Besides some of the regional airlines had also applied for night parking at Vizag airport
    - ..devil.., in 19 years
  • Land alloted for petrochemical unit and BARC (

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation has allotted land to Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited for setting up a mega petrochemical complex in the Special Economic Zone developed at Achutapuram.

    Of 3,500 acres sought by HPCL, 1500 acres has been allotted. During the first phase, an investment of Rs. 10,000 crores is likely. The total project cost is estimated at Rs. 22,000 crores. The complex will become part of the petroleum hub proposed in the district. There is a plan to develop the petrochemical complex and nearby areas as Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Region......
    - ..devil.., in 19 years
  • Flyover and subway to come up at asilametta (

    Officials say the traffic density at Asilmetta has reached the ‘grade separation’ stage. That is, the density needs to be diluted by taking up either a sub-way or a flyover. The yardstick is crossing the 10,000 passenger car units (PCUs) or waiting for two minutes at the intersection to cross. Besides cars, other vehicles are also allotted units. For instance, a scooter is 0.5 car unit. STUP Consultants that carried out a study pointed out that the Asilmetta Junction crossed the threshold limit.

    To tackle the chock-a-bloc traffic that is generated at the busy intersection, a proposal for the construction of two flyovers has been hanging fire for quite sometime. One flyover is proposed from the DRM’s office to Asilmetta and the other from near Chaitanya Colleges to the GVMC office. But that had been dropped now.

    The latest on the issue is that only one flyover covering Asilmetta is now being considered. According to T. Moses Kumar, Superintendent Engineer (Projects) of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, the flyover is proposed from Vemana Mandiram to near the Divisional Railway Manager’s Office. Instead of the second flyover, subways are proposed. One sub-way is planned from Rama Talkies Junction to the RTC Complex with an arm reaching the GVMC office. Another sub-way is proposed from the RTC Complex ending up somewhere near the Fifth Lane of Dwarakanagar Road.
    - ..devil.., in 19 years
  • State's first cancer detection center coming up in the city shortly. (

    VIZIANAGARAM: A cancer detection centre, the first of its kind in the State, will start functioning in Visakhapatnam city shortly, according to Rotary District governor P. Sadanand.

    At a press conference here on Tuesday, Mr. Sadanand said the centre, costing Rs. 5 crores, was set up jointly by Rotary Club, Chicago, Rotary International and Rotary Club of Visakhapatnam.....
    - ..devil.., in 19 years
  • Thai Privelege building a 5 star hotel in Vizag (

    Thai Privilege Spa (TPS) is branching out into the hotel development business with a new venture in India, according to owner and chief executive Surangrat Chirathivat.

    She said that Agrigold Group of Industries, a major Indian conglomerate with interests in consumer products, food processing and power plants, had signed a memorandum of understanding with TPS last week to design and develop a spa villa in India.

    Construction will start soon on the 200-room Siam Dheva Pura, a five-star boutique resort hotel, and be completed by the end of next year. It will be located on a 120-rai plot in Visakhapatnam, a city in the eastern state of Andhra Pradesh........
    - ..devil.., in 19 years
  • Vizag getting a world class airport (

    New Delhi, Oct 14 Visakhapatnam and Tiruchi are to soon get world class modern airports. Airports Authority of India (AAI) plans to invite bids by the end of the month for not only commercial operation and maintenance of the terminal building but also develop, manage and operate the cargo facilities and undertake city side development at Visakhapatnam and Tiruchi airports.

    Confirming the development, official sources told Business Line that the development of the two southern airports would be broadly on the lines being followed for the development of Amritsar and Udaipur airports.....
    - ..devil.., in 19 years
  • Vizag fuelling real estate growth (

    The hub of naval activity on India’s East Coast, Vizag, the second largest city of Andhra Pradesh has predominantly been an industrial city.

    Today, Vizag, a.k.a, Visakhapatnam, is an emerging IT/ITeS destination, besides attracting investments in chemicals, pharma and textiles sectors. Corporate activity in Vizag is fast picking up. HSBC has already set up a BPO facility. Satyam, TCS and Wipro are setting up campuses. All this and an increasing migrant population are fuelling the city’s real estate growth......
    - ..devil.., in 19 years
  • Vizag teems with HR men (

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Though it emerged just an year ago, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) industry is fast expanding in this city of destiny, the latest hub for IT and ITES companies.

    Some companies like Mafoi Management Consultancy Limited and Convergies Corporation have already set foot on the soil here while several others, mostly new, are mushrooming.

    Multi-national companies, IT companies and overseas employers are increasingly depending on RPO firms to scout for talent pool....
    - ..devil.., in 19 years
  • NEW DELHI: After forging a joint venture with HPCL to set up a refinery in Punjab, LN Mittal group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with HPCL, Total, Gail and Oil India for jointly developing another refinery-cum-petrochemical complex in Visakhapatnam. The 15 million tonne per year refinery project involves about $6 billion investment.

    “We have today signed an MoU for undertaking feasibility study of the mega complex,” HPCL chairman & managing director (CMD) Arun Balakrishnan told media persons.

    The project also includes a 1 million tonnes olefins and aromatics complex. He said that the exact equity structure and project finances would be decided only after the feasibility studies were completed. Mittal group has already picked a 49% stake in HPCL’s $3.6 billion Bhatinda refinery. The plant is likely to be set up in a special economic zone. It is expected that the refined products would be exported to markets in South-East Asia and the Middle East.

    The Mittal group is also interested in venturing into the exploration & production sector. It may participate in the forthcoming round of bidding exploration blocks under Nelp VII.

    “We are interested in oil and gas exploration as well as the refinery and petrochemical business in India. We haven’t yet seen the blocks on offer in NELP-VII (but) we will certainly consider bidding,” an official at Arcelor-Mittal said.

    The company may participate in Nelp-VII with a partner. The NELP-VII round is likely to be announced next month. About 65-70 blocks are expected to be offered in the bidding round.

    link (

    Hope this project materializes.
    - kallu_be, in 19 years
    The country’s first industry-specific park named Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City at Parawada is getting ready to become fully operational. Ramky, which bagged 89 per cent stake under a public-private partnership with Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation leaving 11 per cent to the latter, has invested Rs.300 crores on infrastructure. Auctumus Pharma Pvt. Ltd, Glowchem Industries Ltd. and Vijayasri Organics Ltd. have gone on stream and others are in various stages of completion. In all, 2,120-acre land was allotted for the Pharma City project of which 600 acres is earmarked for a Special Economic Zone. Sources said after obtaining approval from the Ministry of Commerce and Exports, Ramky has built the boundary wall for the SEZ.

    Almost half of the space in the SEZ is given on lease while 60 per cent of plots in the non-SEZ area are sold off to various units.

    The park will turn into a hub for bulk drug and allied chemical manufacturing units. Both local and foreign investments are expected to generate employment opportunities to many.

    Effluent plant

    The work on the Common Effluent Treatment Plant is on the verge of completion. All units are connected to the CETP through an underground pipeline. The laying of water supply pipelines is over. The infrastructure work will be completed by December or early next year.
    - kvijayasundaram, in 19 years
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    Mounting clamour for railway zone
    VISAKHAPATNAM: Visakhapatnam might be one of the fastest growing cities industrially and economically in India, thanks to the major port, good road network, excellent educational facilities and above all hardworking and English-speaking population.

    But as far railway is concerned it is still lagging behind other major tier-II cities in development, infrastructure, provision of new trains and modernisation of stations. Reason, politicians are not taking the issue in one voice for creation of a separate railway zone with Visakhapatnam as headquarters. The Waltair division, merged with the East Coast Railway (ECoR) in April 2003 when the latter was formed, earns the highest revenue of Rs.2300 crore per year among the 62 railway divisions in the country (total revenue Rs. 60,000 crore).

    City’s elite, NGOs and senior citizens make a demand for new zone as the merger of the division with South-Central Railway is not a good idea as it is already having six divisions.

    Worst affected : The worst affected are youth from this part who are not considered for various posts in railways either by the Recruitment Board in Bhubaneswar (ECoR) or in Secunderabad (SCR). Thanks to the Telangana sentiment, youth from this region are given a raw deal by the SCR, they allege.

    While city MP N. Janardhana Reddy claimed that he had done something for railway development here and would do more in the winter session of Parliament, retired GM of Western Railway B.V. Rama Rao wanted Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy to act. “Nothing would move unless YSR takes up the issue with Sonia Gandhi.” As early as in 1987 there was a proposal to merge the Waltair division with the SCR. But due to rivalry in trade unions it was shelved. “When small place like Hubli could be the headquarters of South-Western Railway why not Visakhapatnam, the most important industrial city in South India?” Praja Spandana president C.S. Rao feels the new zone will enable introduction of new trains from Visakhapatnam, more quota and youth here will get employment opportunities...
    - Babji, in 20 years
  • Does Anyone have the Renderings of new Integrated Terminal of Vizag Airport?????
    - bobbie501, in 20 years
  • Here is a news which bring cheers to Vizag flyers.
    - ranga, in 20 years
  • Vizag among the world's fastest growing cities (

    ....Expectedly, another NCR city, Ghaziabad, is in the list. But the other cities finding place in the top 100 list could surprise many — Aurangabad, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Dhanbad, Surat, Guwahati, Visakhapatnam and Asansol. Obviously, the economic drivers at work in pushing populations to shift from the countryside to these cities are as diverse as the cities themselves.....
    - ..devil.., in 20 years
  • 25-Floors
    - Hindustani, in 20 years
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    - Suncity, in 21 years
  • 5 big hospitals to come up in Health City (

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Plots have been allotted to four big hospital groups including Apollo and CARE in the Health City project coming up at Adarshnagar in the city.

    Aimed at showcasing Visakhapatnam as a hub for medical tourism for NRIs and others from the Middle East and South East Asia, the Health City with world-class facilities is expected to attract massive investment.

    VIMS also involved

    The Visakhapatnam Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS), a super-speciality hospital promoted by the State Government, is also part of the Health City project. It will have facilities like resorts, leisure tourism and helipad on an area of 100 acres.

    Of 65 acres earmarked for allotment to private groups adjoining VIMS, the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation has as of now allotted 10 acres to Apollo, five acres to Indian Institute of Cancer and Research and two acres to Rockdale Hospital for Women and Children.

    These projects will involve an investment of Rs.370 crores.

    Caring for attendants

    APIIC Chief General Manager B.S. Naidu told The Hindu that six acres was being allotted to Arogya Hospital. In all, 17 plots would be developed by the APIIC with world-class infrastructure, 80 ft. roads, underground drainage and cabling and communication facilities.

    There will be a provision to provide decent board and lodging facility for relatives accompanying the patients. Health care facilities being proposed in 17 plots will create employment opportunity for 2,000 people.

    The plots are sold at the rate of Rs. 3 crores an acre.

    “Infrastructure holds the key to promote Visakhapatnam into a hub for health tourism and the Health City project will further spur growth in attracting more investment in the health sector,” said Varma Vegesna, zonal chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry.
    - ..devil.., in 21 years
  • Vizag is most beautiful coastal city in India and with most prospects for development
    - Euromast, in 21 years
  • Yes. no doubt. natural scenary like dolphins nose has no match BUT unfotunately Vizag is on the wrong coast unlike Cochin which is on Arabian Sea. Vizag does not even have 25% of development going on as Cochin is having. Chennai has taken all the limelight in South & Calcutta the rest on North coastal area. Vizag is doing Ok & not that good in terms of investment.

    Vizag is most beautiful coastal city in India and with most prospects for development
    - Hindustani, in 21 years
  • Yes. no doubt. natural scenary like dolphins nose has no match BUT unfotunately Vizag is on the wrong coast unlike Cochin which is on Arabian Sea. Vizag does not even have 25% of development going on as Cochin is having. Chennai has taken all the limelight in South & Calcutta the rest on North coastal area. Vizag is doing Ok & not that good in terms of investment.

    What are you talking about??
    here check this link out it says kochi has 25,000 crores or projects lined up for the next 5 years! Investment in Kochi (
    the upcoming petrochemical hub by jindal in vizag itself has an investment of 16,000 crores. Add the pharma city, garment city, aluminia plant and the investment tops 30,000 crores. Investment wise vizag trumps kochi.
    - ..devil.., in 21 years
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    City airport to have 24x7 operation soon
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The night-landing facility which has already been installed in the Visakhapatnam airport will be operationalised soon and there would also be 24x7 operation of flights soon, said Commercial Taxes Minister Konathala Ramkrishna here on Thursday...

    Advice to police: He said the government had advised the city Police Commissioner to work out and announce a pre-paid taxi service scheme in the Visakhapatnam airport on the lines such service available in the other airports. He hoped this would be done soon.

    Taxi service rates: Deputy Transport Commissioner here S. Venkateswara Rao said the pre-paid taxi service rates had been worked out on the lines of the Hyderabad airport and the necessary GO in this regard could be expected soon.

    Roads and Buildings Department Special Secretary K.V. Brahmananda Reddy, who is also the MD of the civil aviation wing of the State Government said, there were plans to develop Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Kadapa and Warangal airports.

    Ambitious plans: The Government had also sent a proposal for setting up small green field airports at Ramagundam, Kothagudam, Nellore, Kurnool, Tadepalligudam and Ongole...
    - Babji, in 21 years
  • 25-Floors

    Hi Hindustani,

    Apartments look very Stylish. Can you please tell me where I can find more information about this venture?

    - Vara123, in 21 years
  • What are you talking about??
    here check this link out it says kochi has 25,000 crores or projects lined up for the next 5 years! Investment in Kochi (
    the upcoming petrochemical hub by jindal in vizag itself has an investment of 16,000 crores. Add the pharma city, garment city, aluminia plant and the investment tops 30,000 crores. Investment wise vizag trumps kochi.

    Well Can You provide relative source here.........that would be better answer
    - bobbie501, in 21 years
  • URL:

    That's Kewl......Does anyone have the Renderings Of the New Integrated Terminal Building???
    - bobbie501, in 21 years
  • Well Can You provide relative source here.........that would be better answer What are you talking about??
    here check this link out it says kochi has 25,000 crores or projects lined up for the next 5 years! Investment in Kochi (
    the upcoming petrochemical hub by jindal in vizag itself has an investment of 16,000 crores. Add the pharma city, garment city, aluminia plant and the investment tops 30,000 crores. Investment wise vizag trumps kochi.

    lets not compare devs in cities. After all both are indian cities right? lets rejoice india shining.:banana::banana:
    - kannan_varkala, in 21 years
  • lets not compare devs in cities. After all both are indian cities right? lets rejoice india shining.:banana::banana:

    Hmmm So What it's a matter of Vizag Projects n Andhra Economy no need to imply about your kerala in Vizag Thread
    - bobbie501, in 21 years
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    - Euromast, in 21 years
  • Ocean India lays its foundation stone (

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Ocean India laid the foundation stone for the construction of its state-of-the-art knit fabric manufacturing unit at Brandix India Apparel City (BIAC) in Visakhapatnam.

    Mrs. HA of Fountain Set Ltd., and Mr. Lawrence Lau, Managing Director of Ocean Lanka Limited along with other distinguished guests graced the colourful ceremony on Thursday. The event marks yet another milestone in the progress of BIAC as this becomes the second unit to commence construction. Already construction is in full swing for Brandix Apparel India, the state-of-the art apparel manufacturing unit. Also, global players in the industry such as Pioneer Elastics, Compagnie Mauricienne de Textile Ltee (CMT), Brandix Finishing and Logiwiz India are due to commence construction shortly.

    Ocean India is a joint venture partnership between Fountain Set (Holdings) Ltd., from Hong Kong, one of the world’s largest knit fabric manufacturers, Brandix Lanka and Hirdramani Group. Fountain Set (Holdings) is recognised in the industry as a global player supplying to over 40 countries to internationally renowned brands and has long been a driving force in the global market through its vertically integrated operations, according to a release. This new venture will not only serve the needs of apparel manufacturing units at BIAC, but also will cater to India. The 75 acre facility, situated within the 1000-acre Brandix apparel park in a Special Economic Zone in Visakhapatnam, is projected to be largest textile manufacturing units in the region. It is expected to be ready for commercial production by 2008
    - ..devil.., in 21 years
  • Construction to begin on S.E Asia's largest pertrochemical refinery (

    .....According to indications, Special Economic Zone status will be given to the area where the project is coming up. The project, once ready, will convert Visakhapatnam into a major petroleum hub with exports in South East Asia and Middle East. The one million tonne petrochemical complex will use naphtha while the refinery will process sour and heavy crude oil – considered cheaper than low sulphur sweet crude. The project will make use of new technologies to meet future specifications and Euro standards. Already, the expansion of Visakh Refinery in the city is in progress with an investment of Rs.9,000 crores. The refinery’s capacity is 7.5 million tonnes a year but it achieved the highest-ever crude throughput of 9.24 million tonnes. Work is apace to enhance the installed capacity to 15 million.....

    --This is the biggest single private investment in any project in india by far. 24,000 crores.
    - ..devil.., in 22 years
  • Construction to begin on S.E Asia's largest pertrochemical refinery (
    --This is the biggest single private investment in any project in india by far. 24,000 crores.
    cool! :cheers:
    - Babji, in 22 years
  • Sify ...
    Ocean India starts work on Brandix apparel park unit
    Monday, 29 October , 2007, 10:45
    Visakhapatnam: Ocean India had laid the foundation stone for the construction of its modern knit fabric manufacturing unit at Brandix India Apparel City (BIAC) in Visakhapatnam district, according to a press release issued here on Saturday. Lawrence Lau, the Managing Director of the parent company Ocean Lanka Ltd, along with others, attended the ceremony.

    A milestone: �The event marks another milestone in the progress of Brandix India Apparel City, as this becomes the second unit to commence construction. Already, construction is in full swing for Brandix Apparel India, the modern apparel manufacturing unit. Also, global players in the industry such as Pioneer Elastics, Compagnie Mauricienne de Textile Ltee (CMT), Brandix Finishing and Logiwiz India are due to commence construction shortly,� says the release.

    Joint venture: Ocean India is a joint venture between Fountain Set (Holdings) Ltd (Hong Kong), one of the world�s largest knit fabric manufacturers, Brandix Lanka and Hirdramani Group. Fountain Set (Holdings) is supplying to over 40 countries internationally renowned brands and has long been a driving force in the global market through its vertically integrated operations.

    Largest park: The 75-acre facility, situated within the 1000-acre Brandix apparel park in a special economic zone in Visakhapatnam district, is projected to be one of the largest textile manufacturing units in the region.

    The unit is expected to be ready for commercial production by the second quarter of 2008, adds the release.
    - Babji, in 23 years
  • Ambience group developing a 1500 Cr township in vizag (

    ...Stepping out from the northern region for the first time, Ambience is developing a township on 45 acre in Visakhapatnam. "The integrated township project in this Andhra Pradesh port city will entail an investment up to Rs 1,500 crore in the coming 6-7 y ears,' Mr Gehlot said, adding that land cost was Rs 125 crore....
    - ..devil.., in 23 years
  • Center clears power project in Vizag (

    ..Hinduja said the Centre had already cleared a 1,040 MW coal-based power project at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and the blessings of the state government had also been received for it. It would be commissioned within 32 months at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore...
    - ..devil.., in 23 years

    Real estate major Unitech is learnt to have closed the country’s largest single land deal by buying a 1,750-acre plot in Vishakhapatnam from the Andhra Pradesh Infrastructure & Industrial Corporation (APIIC) for Rs 3,328 crore.

    Unitech’s deal is enormous in that DLF, India’s largest real estate firm, paid Rs 1,675 crore this August for buying 38 acres from DCM Shriram Consolidated (DSCL) in West Delhi.

    Though DLF did win a Rs 50,000-crore bid for developing New Bangalore, a 9,000-acre township at Bidadi, the project did not involve a single land deal. It is, however, the largest in terms of size and investment.

    The company will get some portion of the 9,000 acres from the state government but will have to buy a big chunk directly from farmers at Rs 57 lakh per acre. The exact split is yet to be disclosed.

    As for the Unitech deal, industry sources said the company outbid Dubai-based Al Hamrah Real Estate Development LLC. The company plans to develop a total built-up area of 100 million sq ft, comprising villas, high-rise apartments, a golf course & club house, IT park, eco resort, hotel, shopping centre, amusement park, hospitals and educational centres.

    The project will be developed at an estimated investment of Rs 30,000 crore, phase-wise, over the next 10 years. Unitech is targeting a revenue of Rs 75,000 crore from the project on completion, a source said.


    Though Unitech’s Vizag deal is higher in terms of total value, the DLF-DSCL deal, at about Rs 44 crore, is significantly higher on a per acre basis. It also continues to be the largest private sector land deal.
    - kvijayasundaram, in 24 years

    Real estate major Unitech is learnt to have closed the country’s largest single land deal by buying a 1,750-acre plot in Vishakhapatnam from ... (APIIC) for Rs 3,328 crore...

    The project will be developed at an estimated investment of Rs 30,000 crore, phase-wise, over the next 10 years. Unitech is targeting a revenue of Rs 75,000 crore from the project on completion...
    wow! wonderful!
    - Babji, in 24 years


    Wow This Shows The Significant Potential That Vizag Has.......It Could be The Future Singapore Of India.
    - bobbie501, in 24 years
  • We Got Many Advantages But I guess we need To have a better Air Connectivity To Various International Destinations Especially To The U.S Coz Most of the NRI's Belong's To Vizag.We Need A Full Fledge Greenfield International Airport So On the Cater The Needs As the Present Airport Is Inappropriate.
    - bobbie501, in 24 years
  • Three-star hotel inaugurated (

    Fortune Park Hotels Limited, a subsidiary of ITC Limited, opened Fortune Inn Sree Kanya, a three star hotel on Diamond Park-Sree Kanya road here on Thursday.

    The hotel with 68 rooms is elegantly furnished in contemporary style and equipped with a complete range of amenities. “Vizag is growing very fast and hence we thought of opening our second hotel after Grand Bay by Welcom Group to cater to the needs of the travelling public,” O.P. Khantwal, Corporate Chef of Fortune Park Hotels Ltd. said after cutting the cake to mark the inauguration.
    - bobbie501, in 24 years
  • VUDA rides realty wave again (

    Staff Reporter

    Nets Rs. 356.6 cr from auction on a single day


    Seven bulk plots in Madhurawada go under hammer

    Realtors come from big cities, including Mumbai


    VISAKHAPATNAM: Basking in the continuing realty boom, the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) auctioning seven bulk land plots at the in-demand Madhurawada area realised Rs. 356.6 crores on Friday. The total land auctioned on the day was 73.79 acres. In an auction of business class plots on August 30, VUDA had realised Rs.236 crores from 79.46 acres. The auction of government land by VUDA is meant to meet the budgetary support target of Rs.1,000 crores set to it by the State Government for the current financial year.

    As bidders’ interest was confined to the Madurawada area, VUDA did not take up auction of land at other parts, including 98.64 acres at Dakamarri near Bhimili.

    Replying to objections raised, the VUDA Vice-Chairman G. Venkatram Reddy said that alienation by local bodies by a resolution was required only in the case of poramboke land and the District Collector was empowered to transfer government land for auction.

    In Thursday’s auction, Aditya Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation of Hyderabad bid for three plots: 1.25 acres (at Rs.10,101 a square yard); 10 acres (Rs.5.015 crores an acre) and 28.31 acres (Rs.4.78 crores an acre).

    Upset price

    The upset price of VUDA for all the plots barring one was Rs.4 crores an acre. The auction drew realtors from Mumbai and New Delhi as well. Finishing Touch Developers, a subsidiary of OMAXE Ltd of New Delhi, bid for 19.53 acres at Rs.5.15 crore an acre, the highest price for the day. Neptune Developers of Mumbai bagged 5.9 acres at Rs. 4.51 crore an acre. Berggen Real Estate, also of Mumbai, successfully bid for 5.3 acres at Rs.4.51 crores an acre.

    Seven Hills Logistics Systems of Hyderabad got 3.5 acres at Rs. 4.005 crores an acre. Besides direct auction, bids were also accepted in a sealed tender box.
    - bobbie501, in 24 years
  • VPT sets record (

    The Visakhapatnam Port Trust has set a record in the country by handling 5.83 million tonnes of cargo in October alone. The previous record was 5.69 million tonnes in May 2007 handled by the Kandla port.
    - bobbie501, in 24 years
  • NTPC-Simhadri bags CII-EXIM Bank award (

    The NTPC-Simhadri has bagged the CII-EXIM Bank award-2007 for best practices, performance and significant achievement. NTPC’s executive director L.M. Kapur and NTPC-Simhadri GM (incharge) R. Venkateswaran received the award at a function held at Bangalore on Thursday.
    - bobbie501, in 24 years
  • Vizag emerges a popular tourist hub (

    VISAKHAPATNAM: With each passing year, the number of tourists visiting Visakhapatnam is going up.

    Sun kissed beaches, verdant hills, beautiful valleys; peace loving population and the fervour with which every festival is celebrated makes Visakhapatnam, a tourist’s delight.

    Today, it is hailed as the second best tourist destination next only to Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. While the tourists from adjoining areas like West Bengal continue to throng the State in large numbers throughout the year, their number goes up phenomenally especially during the ‘pooja vacations’ (around 80 to 90 per cent usually come from West Bengal on holiday trip).

    Close on their heels are the sight-seers from places like Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Tirupati and other places.

    With the improvement in the road transport in the recent years, the number of tourists from nearby places has gone up as there are many places of interest en route.

    Speaking about the flow of tourists in the district, the Divisional Manager of A.P. Tourism Development Corporation Limited P. Jeevan Prasad says, “We have seen a tremendous growth in the number of tourists this year with 5.16 per cent growth rate recorded in the month of October compared to the last year.

    The number was 1,82,378 last year against 2,06,700 this year considering Borra Caves as the benchmark. It makes the total growth for the year 13 per cent till the end of the October, and if the trend continues, it would be 18 per cent. We were successfully able to meet the growing demand as 105 rooms were added to the various tourist places during the course of the year. In Anantagiri, 16 cottages, in Rishikonda 24 rooms, in Araku 65 were constructed.

    The good thing was that there was no mad rush but a steady inflow of the tourists.”
    - bobbie501, in 24 years
  • Aditya Birla Retail opening 15 stores in AP (

    Our Bureau

    Visakhapatnam, Nov. 2 Aditya Birla Retail Ltd is launching 15 supermarkets here on Saturday and is planning to open roughly 300 stores under the brand name ‘More’ in Andhra Pradesh by the end of the financial year, according to Mr Shiv Murti, Chief Operating Officer.

    At a press meet here on Friday, he said the company had taken over Trinethra chain of supermarkets in January this year and “15 of those stores have been refurbished and are being relaunched on Saturday.” Further, he said, 35 more stores would be opened here by the end of the financial year.

    Earlier, he said, nine stores had been relaunched in Vijayawada. “In all, we are planning to set up 150 stores or so in the coastal regions and parts of Rayalaseema and 150 more in the rest of the State by the end of the financial year,” he said. Depending on the location and size, the company is investing Rs 40 lakh to Rs 90 lakh on each store. The company is also setting up a series of hyper markets, beginning with Mysore.

    Mr Murti said the stores had been designed by Fitch, the international design firm. The stores would offer a wide range of product categories including fruits and vegetables, staples, personal care products, general merchandise and dairy products.

    He said the company had tied up with farmers and set up collection centres here and at other important places to bring in fresh produce.

    In response to a question Mr Murti said that the company wanted to invest Rs 15,000 crore in phases in the retail business and so far it had invested Rs 3,000 crore or so
    - bobbie501, in 25 years
  • Siemens bags Rs 870 million order from McNally Bharat for RINL's Vizag Steel plant (

    Siemens Ltd has announced that the Company has bagged Rs 870 million (Rs 87 crore) order from McNally Bharat Engineers Pvt Ltd for supplying electricals for Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd's new Sinter Plant at Vizag. This Sinter Plant is currently the second largest of its kind in India and will be commissioned by August 2009.

    The Industrial Solutions & Services (I&S) division of the Company has bagged an order from McNally Bharat Engineers Pvt Ltd., for the electricals of the new Sinter Plant 3 at RINL's Vizag Steel Plant. The scope of work for this order includes designing, engineering, supply, erection and commissioning of complete power distribution system, motors and drives, automation as well as instrumentation on a turnkey basis. This project is the second Sinter Plant order for electricals to be executed by the Company in a turnkey basis and is scheduled to be commissioned by August 2009.

    Mr. J Schubert, Managing Director of the Company said, "Siemens is a world leader in the metals segment with a strong presence in India and this gives us the unique advantage of combining our global expertise with our local strengths." Further commenting on this order he added, "We are extremely happy to partner with McNally Bharat for this landmark project that involves constructing one of the largest sinter plants in India (400 sq mts). With this order, we reaffirm our position as market leaders when it comes to technology solutions for the steel sector in India."

    Mr. N Sivasubramanian, Executive Vice President, Industrial Services and solutions division, of the Company stated, "We remain focused on making our customers more efficient and competitive through our comprehensive technology offering, worldwide experience and unparalleled domain expertise. Our successful association with McNally Bharat over the years has given Siemens a deep understanding of the customer's requirements. By placing this order with Siemens, the customer has further reinforced its enormous confidence in our technology and solutions."

    The Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S) is the integrator of systems and solutions for industrial and infrastructure facilities and global service provider for the plant and projects business covering planning, installation, operation and the entire life cycle. I&S uses its own products and systems and process technologies in order to enhance productivity and improve competitiveness of Companies in the sectors of metallurgy, water treatment, pulp and paper, oil and gas, marine engineering, open-cast mining, airport logistics, postal automation, intelligent traffic systems and industrial services.
    - bobbie501, in 25 years
  • RINL turnover Rs. 891 crore in Oct. (

    Staff Reporter

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The turnover of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited – the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant – was put at Rs.891 crores in October – registering a growth of 34 per cent over the corresponding period last year.

    The company sold 1.71 lakh tonne value-added products with an impressive growth rate of 115 per cent.

    The sale to projects went up by 42 per cent.

    The sale of 3,048 tonne of steel materials required for building construction to the district level dealers was the highest for any month.

    Production highlights

    A spokesman of RINL said that its production highlights during the month under review were quite impressive with blast furnace productivity of 2.6 tonnes per day per cubic metres, hot metal 3.51 lakh tonnes, saleable steel 2.91 lakh tonnes and value added products 1.76 lakh tonnes.

    RINL did a sales turnover of Rs.5,082 crores during April-October registering a growth of 12 per cent over corresponding period’s Rs. 4,543 crores.
    - bobbie501, in 25 years
  • 2 more Volvos for Tirupati (

    Special Correspondent

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam region of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) will introduce two more Volvo buses (Garuda service) to Tirupati from here from the third week of this month. The buses will be operated daily in both the directions.

    RTC Regional Manager N. Venkateswara Rao told The Hindu that this would be in addition to the two Volvos deployed on the Vizag-Bangalore route, which go via Tirupati. The buses had been redeployed on the Tirupati route as the Vizag-Kolkata Volvo service had been stopped recently due to poor patronage. As per the schedule being worked out, the bus from Vizag would leave at 5.30 p.m. and reach Tirupati at 7.30 a.m. next day. In the return direction, it would leave at 7.30 p.m. at Tirupati and reach Vizag at 9 a.m. next day, he said.

    Sabarimala specials

    Meanwhile, RTC Assistant Manager (traffic) V. Srinivas said patronage for the Sabarimala package tours was overwhelming from Ayyappa devotees as bookings for 61 trips had already been made for the ‘mandalam’ season alone (till December 26). More bookings were expected for ‘Makara vilakku’ season that would begin from January 1. The first Sabarimala special would leave from Vizag on November 14.
    - bobbie501, in 25 years
  • Tribals girdle up against bauxite mining (http://

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The protest against bauxite mining and alumina refinery in the district is gaining fresh momentum with tribals and the political parties undertaking padayatra , even as the Andhra Pradesh government is continuing with its land acquisition for both the projects.

    Abandoned for nearly two months, the protest got a shot in the arm with the Left parties being strongly in favour of supporting the tribals.

    The protesters will reach Makavanipalem in Rachapalli mandal where the alumina refinery is set to come up on November 11. Tribals armed with bows and arrows are taking out rallies against the projects, saying that the movement is necessitated following a lull for over two months.

    Stating that the Left parties will not rest till the government backs out of the projects, CPI district secretary J V Satyanarayana Murthy told 'TOI' that they will create awareness among the tribals to thwart the designs of the developers of the projects. "During the public meeting to be held at Makavanipalem, we will plan strategies to intensify our movement against the projects," he said.

    Charging the Telugu Desam Party with withdrawing support to the stir, he said: "The TDP move has rankled us as we were not consulted before it took the decision."

    Senior TDP leader Ch Ayyanapatrudu, however, denied that the party had withdrawn support to the movement.

    "There is no question of withdrawing from the protest against bauxite mining. In fact, we will actively participate in the protest," he said.

    Sources said the Left parties are out to gain the sympathy of the tribals by championing the cause and by boosting the flagging morale of the people in the agency areas. Interestingly, bauxite mining and the setting up of alumina refinery have thus far had remained separate issues with protesters. With the padayatra , the Left parties are trying to link the two issues, the sources said. Meanwhile, the revenue department officials are going ahead with the first phase of land acquisition for the construction of an aluminium smelter by Dubai-based Ras-al-Khaima in Narsipatnam. About 52 acres have been identified for this phase of acquisition, and notices have been served on 139 farmers who own the lands.
    The lands come under Tamaram and Chinaboinapalem villages in Makavanipalem of Narsipatnam mandal .
    - bobbie501, in 25 years
  • 49% FDI in state-run refineries to be allowed (http://

    The government is likely to correct a policy anomaly on foreign direct investment (FDI) in petroleum refining next week. While private refiners are allowed 100 per cent FDI, government-owned companies have to seek Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval for foreign participation beyond 26 per cent.

    The Union cabinet would be approving a proposal next week to raise the cap to 49 per cent.

    The move could pave the way for foreign participation in refineries being set up by companies like Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation.

    It could also smoothen the participation process of the LN Mittal group and French petroleum major Total in HPCL's Visakhapatnam refinery.

    "The government is taking the same liberalised view on foreign investment in refining for others as it took for the Mittals," said Gokul Chaudhri, partner in consultancy firm BMR & Associates.

    LN Mittal's participation in HPCL's Bhatinda refinery in Punjab was approved by the Union Cabinet in June this year, subject to the anomaly being removed. The approval was required since Mittal Energy Investment Pte was picking 49 per cent equity in the refinery.

    Besides Mittals, HPCL would hold 49 per cent equity in the 9 million tonne (9mt) refinery, with the remaining 2 per cent being held by financial institutions. Mittal Energy Investment is contributing Rs 3,506 crore in the project that is estimated to cost Rs 7,155 crore.

    The FDI dispensation was not restrictive, Chaudhri said, adding, the government should encourage foreign companies to set up 100 per cent refining subsidiaries. "But FDI is on the only barrier. The viability of the project is more important," he said.

    The Mittals agreed to be part of the Bhatinda refinery after a number of foreign partners did not accept the offer.

    Another case in point is BPCL's search for a foreign partner for its Bina refinery in Madhya Pradesh. BPCL had formed Bharat Oman Refineries Ltd (BORL), a joint venture with Oman Oil, to set up a 6 mt refinery at Bina. Oman Oil currently holds a stake of just 3 per cent in the joint venture, though when the refinery was conceived some 10 years back, the company was conceived to be a major partner in the refinery. BORL was promoted by BPCL and Oman Oil as a 50:50 joint venture.
    - bobbie501, in 25 years
  • Swedish team keen on city study (http://

    Staff Reporter


    The study will project the improvements in facilities required in proportion to the growing population


    VISAKHAPATNAM: A three-member team from Swedish International Development Corporation Agency (SIDA) on Monday had discussions with Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao and Additional Commissioner Pola Bhaskar on a study for a long-term development plan for the city. The team comprises SIDA Programme Officer Sara Almquist, Chief Architect of KTN Architecture and The Built Environment Ulf Ranhagen and Hans Lundberg, Professor of Swedish Environment Research Institute.

    Ms. Almquist said a long-term plan that would cater to the coming generations was essential.

    The study would project the improvements in facilities required in proportion to the growing population, Mr. Ranhagen said.

    Mr. Lundberg said the study would cover aspects relating to making city pollution-free.

    The team members made a power point presentation on Stockholm. The present two-day visit is intended to see the prospects for taking up a study, according to a corporation release.

    The Mayor said the city was one of the two selected for a specific study in the world.

    The study would help improve management of waste, water and storm water, Mr. Bhaskar said. Standing Committee members S. Sitaramanjaneyulu, Lella Koteswara Rao, Galla Srinivas, G.V. Ravi Raju, Ch. Pothuraju and P. Vasanta Kalyani, Chief Engineer B. Jayarami Reddy, Additional Commissioner (Finance) N. Mohana Rao, City Planner G.V. Raghu and Chief Medical Officer (Health) M.S. Raju participated.
    - bobbie501, in 25 years
  • Seminar on bio-products on November16 (

    Visakhapatnam, November 13: The Andhra Pradesh Chapter of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is holding an interactive session on new technology business opportunities in bio-process and bio-products mainly to provide information to entrepreneurs about the technical, financial and marketing support available in those areas. The meet will be held at 6 p.m. on November 16 at Hotel Green Park in the city.

    CII technology support division executive C. Kamaraju said the seminar, being held in association with the CII’s Vizag chapter, besides disseminating information on the subjects would help to support the prospective entrepreneurs in making the right linkages with the technology providers.

    Among others Executive Director of Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) (a unit of Science and Technology ministry) S. Biswas, IOCL’s Senior Director (R and D) and bio-diesel expert Rakesh and Agriculture and Food Engineering Department professor of IIT (Kharagpur) R. Banerjee would address the delegates.

    Mr. Kamaraju said the important business opportunity as identified globally has been the conversion of biomass into bio-energy, bio-fuels and other value added products. The programme would sensitise the industries on new technology trends/developments in bio-process and bio-products.

    There is no delegate fee and those entrepreneurs of small and medium industries could attend it.
    - bobbie501, in 25 years
  • Travel etiquette need of the hour Civic scene (http://

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Public transport is a proven mode of safe and economic transport. The APSRTC has an enviable record in fuel efficiency and safety. City buses transport on an average 4.5 lakh people a day in Visakhapatnam and that’s a significant number. Most of the college and school students, women and employees depend upon the buses to commute to and from colleges and workplaces. On the other day, when autos went on strike, it was the RTC that came to the rescue of commuters.

    But young commuters generally lack the travel etiquette, if one may say so. It is obvious that at peak hours the buses are jam-packed and no transport service runs the services on the basis. But the young commuters mostly specialize on footboard travel.

    The way they stick together reminds one of famous adhesive ad though an occasional slip and fall occurs.

    In spite of the conductor goading them to move in and move forward the youngsters are reluctant. Though there are empty pockets within the bus with standing room, they stick to the footboard.

    As a result, though there is space in the bus some passengers fail to board the bus what with those on the footboard hardly allowing commuters to get in or alight. Others had to struggle to find a toehold as picture shows a lone middle-aged man among them. This could prove costly to office-goers resulting in delay.

    A brush of the dangling crowd with a two-wheeler could be dangerous. They may be young and athletic. But that does not mean others should not be accommodated and suffer because of their behaviour.
    - bobbie501, in 25 years
  • 'V Square’ to be inaugurated today (http://

    Special Correspondent

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Vaibhav and Kankatala have joined together to set up “V Square”, a mega showroom of jewellery and dress materials worth over Rs.1 crore at Dwaraka Nagar.

    It will be inaugurated on Thursday by State Finance Minister K. Rosaiah.

    The showroom, constructed at a cost of Rs.25 crores with ground plus four upper floors has two blocks - one for gold, silver, diamond and ruby jewelleries and another for dress materials for all. Vaibhav’s MD Manoj Grandhi Kankatala’s MD Kanktala Mallik and World Gold Council MD Ajay Mitra, were present.
    - bobbie501, in 25 years
  • RTC Sabarimala service flagged off (http://

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The first bus of the APSRTC’s six-day Sabarimala satwara yatra carrying Ayyappa devotees was flagged from Dwaraka Nagar bus station in the city by RTC Vizag regional manager N. Venkateswara Rao on Wednesday. As many as 20 new super luxury, 10 deluxe and 10 express buses would be deployed for the Sabarimala yatra during mandalam and makaravilakku seasons as part of the three types of package tours.

    The RTC plans to operate at least 100 such trips during this year, according to a spokesman of the APSRTC.
    - bobbie501, in 26 years
  • All set to go global (http://

    B. Madhu Gopal


    The airport witnessed a 13 per cent jump in traffic in March this year as compared to same month last year


    The skylines of Visakhapatnam soon to witness more such jets and who knows, even supersonics, as the airport here is modernised in a big way for domestic and international flights.

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Notwithstanding the controversies surrounding it, Visakhapatnam Airport is set to become a world-class airport sooner than later. Though it has been in existence for over four decades, the airport witnessed rapid growth only during the past four to five years.

    The first commercial flight that took off from the airport was a Dakota to Hyderabad with 15 passengers onboard during the 1960s. Avros were introduced to Vijayawada, Tirupati and Chennai during the early 1970s. The first Boeing 737 was introduced when the length of the runway was increased to 6,000 feet in 1986.

    East West was the first private airlines to operate from Visakhapatnam during the early 1990s and Jet Airways followed suit. However, both withdrew operations in a short time.

    Work on modernisation of the terminal building and expansion of the runway began in 2003. Barring a brief period during the early 1990s, only Indian Airlines operated its flights out of Visakhapatnam till 2003. Today, six airlines and 12 flights operate every day.

    The 10,000 feet extended runway which allows landing of large aircraft like A 320, was inaugurated on June 13. Instrument Landing System (ILS) was commissioned to allow flights to land even during poor visibility, especially during winter.

    The introduction of new flights has given a boost to passenger traffic in and out of the city. The airport witnessed a 13 per cent jump in traffic during March this year as compared to same month last year.

    The airport handled 18,382 passengers in March this year as against 16,207 passengers last March. The number of passengers handled between April and October this year was over 2.5 lakhs and the figure is expected to go up to 5 lakhs by March.

    The new terminal building is getting ready and is likely to be inaugurated early next year. Once that is done more airlines would operate to the city. Already a few international airlines have evinced keen interest in starting operations from the city.

    Flight operations at the airport come to a standstill at the fall of dusk. Night-landing facilities are said to be already in place but the authorities attribute the delay in starting the facility to staff shortage.

    The most frequently asked question by air travellers is: “When will night-landing be operational in Visakhapatnam?”

    That’s the million-dollar question that, perhaps, could only be answered by the authorities.
    - bobbie501, in 26 years
  • Poor infrastructure puts off air travellers Focus (http://

    J. Balaji

    Curbs on civilian flight movement between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. add to woes


    Flooding a major problem during monsoon

    Navy, AAI differ on effectiveness of night landing


    VISAKHAPATNAM: Political bigwigs, senior IAS and IPS officers, corporate and IT giants have one common allergy to Visakhapatnam. The city may be one of the top 10 fastest growing cities in the world. But, they hesitate to give appointment or participate in an event in the city as they are not sure of returning to their place of stay the same day as no flight operates here after 2.20 p.m. So, to avoid wasting nearly 20 hours till the next morning to take a flight back home, they simply express their inability to go to Visakhapatnam. This is the fate of the ‘city of destiny’.

    Not only VIPs, even NRIs (roughly 80 per cent of US Telugus are from North coastal AP), who are large in number particularly in the US and South-East Asia, face a peculiar problem regarding leave. If at all they wanted to visit their home town in north coastal Andhra Pradesh, for which Visakhapatnam is the nearest airport, they have to allot two or three days exclusively for travelling to and from Visakhapatnam as they have to depend on connecting flights available only during the day time to this city from Hyderabad, Chennai or Kolkata or have to spend 12-14 hours travelling in trains or some times buses.

    Though the airport is four decades old, under the control of Indian Navy’s INS Dega, in the name of security and safety of naval establishment, there is hardly any development in the airport till early this century.

    Despite that, the airlines companies are willing to operate more flights but they could not do so as there is restriction on civilian flight movement between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.For instance, though the night landing facility was installed and successfully tested here about five months ago, due to the inter-ministerial communication problem between the civil aviation and the defence ministry, the file is yet to be cleared. It is said the Navy is claiming that the night landing facility installed here is only 80 per cent effective which is disputed by the Airport Authority of India. Another problem faced by the Navy is manpower shortage to operate the air traffic control, which is under its control. The major political parties too have ignored the issue, busy as they are in pursuing their own agenda keeping the 2009 Assembly elections in mind. The sufferers are passengers, particularly investors, corporate managers, patients who need to travel in emergency and business class as their mobility is greatly curtailed due to poor infrastructure.

    Another recurring problem every year during monsoon is flooding of the airport runway and apron area due to flood waters entering from adjoining hills. While in 2005 the airport was closed for nearly 15 days due to flooding, it was closed for about a week last year.

    This year, there is some improvement, thanks to the opening of the new 10,000-feet- long 60-metre-wide Rs.200-crore runway on June 15. Despite that the flight operations were cancelled for a day last month as the parking areas were flooded and passengers could not reach the terminal.

    New terminal

    Notwithstanding the slow pace of development, Air Bus A320 is now being operated to Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai since July this year in the new runway and a new 20,000 square metre terminal is coming up in the airport at a cost of Rs.97 crores. The terminal, which will have facilities for customs, immigration, two aerobridges, escalators, duty-free shops, parking space for 600 cars, 150-feet-wide approach road, online conveyor system etc. is expected to be ready by July 2008, as usual with a delay of four months for the time being. Though the Centre is showing least interest in improving air connectivity to Visakhapatnam in spite of the city having one of the biggest ports, major industries like Steel Plant, HPCL refinery, Hindustan Shipyard Limited etc.

    With the national carrier Air India, too, being reluctant to operate more flights from here due to the lackadaisical attitude of its officials, the private carriers are planning to introduce more services.

    As per plans, Spicejet might park its aircrafts overnight here and operate flights to Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata from January. Similarly, Sri Lankan airlines, Silk Airways and other new domestic carriers like Air Dravida, Omega Airlines and Trans India too are keen on bringing Vizag under their air network.
    - bobbie501, in 26 years
  • Asia Naphtha-India HPCL offers 60KT Dec Vizag stems (http://

    SEOUL: Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) has offered two cargoes, or 60,000 tonnes, of naphtha to be loaded from from eastern port of Vizag in December, a Singapore-based trader said on Wednesday.

    The first cargo is slated for Dec. 11-13 loading, and the second is scheduled for Dec. 29-31 loading, the trader said. The tender will close later on Wednesday, and HPCL will make the award on the same day.

    Indian refiners have sold or offered at least 400,000 tonnes of December-loading naphtha so far.
    - bobbie501, in 26 years
  • India's L&T-Paul Wurth consortium wins blast furnace order worth 5.80 bln rupees (http://

    MUMBAI (Thomson Financial) - Larsen & Toubro Ltd, India's biggest construction and engineering company, said its consortium with Paul Wurth Italia SpA has won an order worth 5.80 bln rupees from Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL).

    Under the agreement, the consortium will upgrade a blast furnace at SAIL's Bokaro Steel Plant in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Of the total project revenue, L&T's share is 3.55 bln rupees.

    The project will be completed in 21 months and will include a shutdown of 150 days, L&T said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

    L&T and Paul Wurth are already working on a 2.5 mln tonnes per year blast furnace for Tata Steel Ltd in Jamshedpur and in carrying out similar blast furnace orders for Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd's Vizag Steel Plant and for Bhushan Steel Ltd's Meramandali plant in the eastern Indian state of Orissa.
    - bobbie501, in 26 years
  • Southern Online to raise Rs 500 mn to establish 2nd biodiesel unit (http://

    Southern Online Bio Technologies announced on Thursday that the board of directors today decided to raise second stage of funds up to Rs 500 million to establish second biodiesel unit at Vizag with a capacity of 250 tons a day, subject to the approval of the shareholders in the general meeting.

    The company is exploring various options to raise funds that are rights issue and / or public issue and/or preferential issue and/or GDRs and/or ADRs and/or FCCBs and/or equity shares and/or overseas investors and/or QIB route etc.
    - bobbie501, in 26 years
  • good job on the updates from one of the world's fastest growing city bobbie.
    - ..devil.., in 26 years
  • Enter the ‘Square’ for new shopping experience (http://

    VISAKHAPATNAM: A mega showroom of jewellery and clothes ‘V Square’, a joint venture of Vaibhav Jewellers and Kankatala, was inaugurated on Thursday by State Finance Minister K. Rosaiah.

    Businessmen like Nalli Kuppusami Chetti of Nalli Silks, Chennai; Ajay Mitra of World Gold Council (India); Chairman of Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council Sanjay Kothari, former Mayor D.V. Subba Rao, vice-president of World Gold Council (Chennai) Shivram, De-beer’s trade manager Pritesh D. Desai and several others from the city and outside participated in the inaugural function. Proprietors -- Grandhi Manoj and Kankatala Mallik -- and others spoke. The showroom, constructed at a cost of Rs.25 crores with ground plus four upper floors has two blocks -- one for gold, silver, diamond and ruby jewelleries and another for dress material for all.

    Wide range

    In the jewellery section, the ground floor and first floor has light and heavy gold jewellery, second floor has silver jewellery and articles, the third floor is decked up with a grand collection of diamond, temple and Junagandh jewellery and a fascinating collection of antique jewellery and branded watches adorn the fourth floor of the showroom.

    The clothes section has an impressive range of sarees like Banaras brocade, kanjeevaram and konrad and silk sarees like pashmina, kota silk and puttapakshi. A colourful collection of kids wear and men’s accessories are also included in the showroom. Each block has one lakh sq.ft. of carpet area and a 30,000 sq.ft. area has been earmarked for parking so that the customers could park their vehicles without any hassles and do peaceful shopping.
    - bobbie501, in 26 years
  • 2 more railway platforms to be ready by month-end (http://


    Work nearing completion; the number to go up from 6 to 8


    Divisional Deputy Chief Engineer supervising the work

    ECoR zonal headquarters has sanctioned funds

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Visakhapatnam Railway Station will have the pride of having the highest number of railway platforms in the entire East Coast Railway (ECoR) zone and north coastal Andhra Pradesh as the work on laying two additional platforms is nearing completion and it is likely to be ready by month end. With this the number of platforms here will go up to eight from the present six.

    The work, being carried out under the supervision of Divisional Deputy Chief Engineer Victor Joseph, costs Rs.1 crore to the Railways and it includes construction of side walls, filling up of the portion with earth, top flooring and constructing connecting staircases to the central foot over bridge (FOB) that connects all the platforms. It may be recalled that only in November 2006 the city station was added with another platform (No.6).

    Third in State

    Visakhapatnam can also boast of having the highest number of platforms in Andhra Pradesh after Secunderabad and Vijayawada (having 10 platforms each). Interestingly all its platforms could now accommodate longer trains, i.e. trains with rakes having 24 coaches.

    Sources said the new platform work, which began early this year, might have been completed three months ago but for the continuous heavy rain due to cyclonic developments and delay in finalising tender. While the ECoR zonal headquarters has sanctioned funds for the platforms laying work, rearrangement of railway lines for the platforms and over head electrical work for the locomotives, other amenities like laying of roof for 150 metres, construction of toilets, water facilities, chairs for passengers, stalls, electrical work inside the platforms and public address system would be carried out with the funds provided by the Waltair Railway Division. This work would cost another Rs. 1 crore.

    The new platforms would come up in the island portion available between the existing platforms five and six and would be christened as platform six and seven and the existing platform six would become eight. The 600-metre-long platforms have a width of 10.5 metres. Thanks to the opening of three new platforms in one year, the platform capacity of the city station has increased by 60 per cent which means less waiting time for the trains for want of platforms.
    - bobbie501, in 27 years
  • Finance Ministry nod for BHPV merger (http://

    Special Correspondent

    YSR conveys good news to trade unions team from Visakhapatnam Steel Plant

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The merger of Bharat Heavy Plate and Vessels here with the BHEL has been approved by the Union Finance Ministry and would come up before the Cabinet for its approval during next week.

    This was the information given by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy to a delegation of trade unions from Visakhapatnam Steel Plant that met him on the issue of providing employment to the displaced persons in the second phase of VSP, in Hyderabad on Thursday, general secretary of the INTUC trade union Mantri Rajasekhar informed from Hyderabad.

    Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy said Union Minister for Heavy Industries Santosh Mohan Deb had informed him that the Finance Ministry had approved the BHPV merger with BHEL.

    The Chief Minister had also assured the delegation that he would take up with the Central Government the issue of employment to VSP displaced persons.
    - bobbie501, in 27 years
  • Two road works sanctioned (http://

    Staff Reporter


    The Standing Committee of GVMC takes a decision to this effect at its meeting


    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Standing Committee meeting of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation on Thursday approved work on two roads at an outlay of Rs.78 lakhs.

    A road from Venkateswara Swamy temple at Vinayakanagar to Kanithi Road Junction will be laid in Zone V at a cost of Rs.39.96 lakhs and another from the temple to Gopal Reddynagar road spending Rs. 38.34 lakhs. The meeting approved a proposal to allow sale of chilled coconut water on push-carts after collecting a monthly rent of Rs. 260 each for the carts in six areas of the city. The issue of lease of market cess collection (asilu) at Pata Gajuwaka was postponed.

    At the meeting on preparing the budget, the Mayor wanted more funds to be allocated to works of urgent nature. Members wanted maintenance of community halls to be improved and repairs to be carried out to TSR Complex.
    - bobbie501, in 27 years
  • VPT attracts more Panamax vessels INDUSTRY DOSSIER (http://

    Santosh Patnaik

    Night navigation for Suez max tankers soon

    VISAKHAPATNAM: In a welcome development, the Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT), which is continuing its supremacy over other ports in cargo handling, is attracting a large number of Panamax vessels after the first phase of deepening in Outer Harbour.

    The VPT, which was handling vessels with 195 metres LOA (length over all) and 10.21 m draft till recently, has attained the capability to handle Panamax vessels of 230 m LOA, 32.5 m beam and 0.7 m. draft with progress in completion of Inner Harbour deepening.

    The port is catering to Panamax vessels with 11 m draft. It will have night navigation for Suez max tankers calling at Outer Harbour shortly, once it is widened further.

    The VPT has undertaken work on augmenting its capacity by deepening the channels in the second half of 2005-06.

    Arrival of bigger ships will give the trade a better freight advantage over others, thereby decongesting the Outer Harbour.

    The second phase of deepening the Inner Harbour is proposed through one of the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) operator to facilitate arrival of Panamax vessels of 12.5 m draft.

    Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and Steel Authority of India Limited are the major beneficiaries due to arrival of Panamax vessels.

    While SAIL is getting coking coal from Australia for its units in other States, VSP is nominating gearless Panamax vessels. Steam coal is also being brought for various steel plants.

    Ambitious plan

    Encouraged by its distinctive advantage over other rivals and works underway to modernise the port infrastructure with massive investment of little over Rs.3,000 crores, VPT Chairman K. Ratna Kishore has prepared an ambitious plan to project the Visakhapatnam Port as the most preferred destination in South Asia offering world-class services.

    Reduced turnaround and waiting time, most competitive handling charges and providing seamless connectivity are identified as the thrust areas. BOT berths, installation of harbour mobile cranes on BOT, replacement of higher capacity tug, procurement of one high power loco and modernisation of iron ore handling complex are on top of the agenda.
    - bobbie501, in 27 years
  • Vizag airport still waiting for night landing facilities (http://

    Our Bureau

    Visakhapatnam, Nov. 15

    Visakhapatnam airport, with a new 10,000-ft runway and instrument landing system, is still waiting for night-landing facility, even though the authorities have made repeated announcements in the past six months that all is set for night flights.

    The airport, which is under the control of the Navy, has to obtain clearance from the Union Defence Ministry for allowing commercial flights at nights.

    Right now, the flights are being operated only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only if night landing facility is made available will more operators flock to Visakhapatnam.

    Airlines interested

    It is learnt that many airlines are interested in operating flights to Vizag, but the main drawback still remains.

    The instrument landing system (ILS) at the airport was installed at the airport five months ago and subsequently it was tested and certified by the authorities. However, it is learnt that the Navy is not fully satisfied with the facilities, even though the Airports Authority of India has no such reservations.

    Personnel shortage

    Besides, it is said, the Navy is also facing the problem of personnel shortage to operate the night landing facility.

    For one reason or the other, the facility is not being commissioned and the growth of the airport, which is the essential pre-requisite for the fast development of the city, is being impeded.

    In spite of the handicaps and poor infrastructure, during the past few years, there has been impressive growth in passenger traffic.

    The number of air travellers between April and October this year was over 2.5 lakh and the figure is expected to touch the half-million mark by the end of the financial year.

    No more flooding

    According to Mr C. Pattabhi, the airport controller, the flooding of the runway was prevented this year because of the flood control measures taken by the State Government and work is in progress on the new terminal.

    “The passenger traffic is growing at 30 per cent per annum here for the past few years. Many more airlines are willing to operate flights to Vizag. The airport will really become busy in future,” he said.

    But it all depends on how soon the night landing facility is made available at the airport.

    I Think The Time Has Come We Need To Fund Ourselves In Building Our Dream Airport Better Not To depend On Central Government Aid.:lol:
    - bobbie501, in 27 years
  • UPA plans 300% boost to N-sector (http://

    NEW DELHI: There will be life beyond the 123 deal for India's nuclear programme. The UPA government plans to boost nuclear sector with a whopping 300% increase in the next five-year Plan, regardless of whether the deal goes through or not.

    The budget for the department of atomic energy (DAE) is proposed to be increased from Rs 3,501 crore in the 10th Plan to a whopping Rs 11,000 crore in the 11th Plan with a hope of giving an impetus to the indigenous nuclear power programme.

    This comes along with an equally impressive fillip to the total science budget from Rs 25,000 crore reserved in the previous Plan period to Rs 73,304 crore in the one to be adopted soon. This substantial increase in allocation includes Rs 1,800 crore to be spent on trying to send the first Indian into space under an indigenous programme.

    On the nuclear energy front, India will push for research on the 7,000 MW pressurised heavy water reactors. The focus will also remain on finding new techniques for uranium exploration.

    India's attempt to build fast breeder reactors (FBRs) too will find adequate budgetary support with research on advanced fuel for FBRs and studies of fuel chemistry and safety being carried out intensively.

    The Planning Commission document admits that the existing nuclear generators are not very successful either in terms of economics or safety. Yet it insists that the development of the advanced nuclear reactor system must continue.

    A new multi-purpose research reactor with high flux specially for basic research in frontier areas of science and for applied research related to testing nuclear fuels will also be set up besides giving BARC a second campus at Vizag.

    In order to increase skills among the nuclear fraternity, the 11th Plan also proposes to set up training schools under DAE as well as the National Institute of Science Education and Research at Bhubhaneswar which will provide five-year masters and integrated MSc-PhD in science.

    The document also makes a strong pitch for opening the nuclear sector to private players. The Plan has highlighted that nuclear fuel trade would have to be liberalised if the country's uranium-based power generation programme is to be expanded.

    It points out that shortage of domestic supply of uranium is the main constraint being faced by the Nuclear Power Corporation (NPC) to run its 3,900 MW installed capacity.

    According to the paper, the NPC's plant-load factor (PLF) rose from 60% in 1995-96 to 82% in 2000-01, but declined to a mere 57% in 2006-07.

    The document suggests that while India's fast breeder reactor programme is progressing well (the programme will enable India to use spent fuel and thorium that is in abundance in the country), moving to the second and third stages of development (using thorium) would also require that nuclear power generation capacity should be increased to 20,000 MW.

    However, the country's uranium deposits would only allow expanding nuclear power generation up to 10,000 MW. If other PSUs and the private sector is allowed into the arena, it could help India achieve 1,00,000 MW of nuclear capacity by 2030.
    - bobbie501, in 27 years
  • SriLankan Airlines sees vast potential in Vizag (

    Special Correspondent

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Sri Lankan Airlines is ready to operate international flights to Visakhapatnam if the required infrastructure is made ready, its Sales Manager for Andhra Pradesh Asha Kumar said here on Friday.

    “We have permission for bilateral flights and can operate flights from and to Colombo as soon as arrangements like customs, etc., are ready.”

    She said at a press conference to announce the inauguration of the airlines ticketing office in the city.

    She found a great potential as many MNCs, including the Sri Lankan apparel company Brandix, were coming to the city and many ancient Buddhist sites are located in close proximity.

    SriLankan Airlines which is the only international airlines to operate nearly 100 flights a week from India and opened its office in Hyderabad in 2004, recognised the potential of Visakhapatnam, the second largest city in Andhra Pradesh and an industrial hub, opened its ticket office here on Friday.

    “The new office will offer all services and one need not go to Hyderabad or other major cities for booking or to get other services. It provides an end-to-end travel solutions to all customers”, Ms. Asha Kumar said. Many from Visakhapatnam area were flying by SriLankan Airlines via Hyderabad and the real potential would be known from now as an office was opened here.

    Special discounts

    It started with four flights a week from Hyderabad and is now operating a flight every day with an average occupancy of 85 per cent.

    The airlines will offer special discounts, inclusive deals, tourist packages, etc., from Visakhapatnam. At present, it is offering a two nights and three days package deal for Rs.13,000 from Hyderabad.

    As its earlier arrangement with Sahara to connect travellers from Visakhapatnam to Colombo at Hyderabad could not be continued, the airlines is trying for a linkup with Indian Airlines or King Fisher.

    The SriLankan Airlines office was opened on the Prema Samajam road.
    - bobbie501, in 27 years
  • Most areas in city to have underground drainage (

    G.V. Prasada Sarma

    1,289-crore JNNURM project gets administrative sanction

    VISAKHAPATNAM: A major portion of the city will have underground drainage in the next two to three years providing citizens freedom from open drains and related health and sanitation problems. The underground sewerage work is being taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) under which administrative sanction has been accorded to various projects worth Rs.1,289 crores.

    The sewerage works being taken up under Phase III and Phase IV (some parts of the city have been covered in earlier phases) will cost Rs.281.52 crores. Phase III covers Circuit House, Jagadamba Junction, Dabagardens, Part of Allipuram and the parts not covered under Phase I up to Kota Veedhi. Taken up at a cost of Rs.37.08 crores, its present coverage is for a population of 1.6 lakhs, but is projected to serve 2.6 lakh up to 2,040. About 50 per cent of the work has been completed and the remaining is likely to be completed by September next, says V. Chandraiah, Superintendent Engineer (Water Supply and Sewerage) of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation.

    The fourth phase, costing Rs.244.44 crores, covers a population of 6.24 lakhs and several parts of the city. It is projected to ultimately cover a population of 11.96 lakh till 2040. “For all the works, tenders have been finalised and agreements entered into. The work will begin in January and is scheduled for completion in 2010,” he has told The Hindu. While the Government of India’s grant is Rs.122.21 crores, the State Government provides Rs.48.89 crores and GVMC bears Rs.73.34 crores. Split into four packages, it covers 23 wards in full and nine in parts. All the works will commence in January though work on the first package has already begun. The first package comprises Visalakshinagar, Arilova and the Old Dairy farm area with sewer lines of 93 km. costing Rs.40 crores and is expected to be completed in 2009. A 13 mld treatment plant will be constructed at Arilova.

    The second package begins from CBM Compound, KRM Colony areas and covers TPT Colony, Akkayyapalem, TSN Colony, NGGOs’ Colony and Jnanapuram with 265 km sewer lines. The third package consists of Burma Camp, Madhavadhara, Muralinagar and R&B areas and costs Rs.22 crores. The fourth one Baji Junction, Gopalapatnam and LG Polymers area. The 76 km lines cost Rs.49 crores. Barring the first package, all the three packages will have pump houses and connected to the treatment plant at Narava, says Mr. Chandraiah.

    Survey in Gajuwaka

    The GVMC plans to provide underground sewerage to Gajuwaka and the 32 merged panchayats too under the JNNURM. For Gajuwaka, a survey has been completed and it is estimated to cost Rs.350 crores, he says. For the panchayats, the survey is going on.
    - bobbie501, in 27 years
  • Railways to develop housing and commercial projects in vizag (

    NEW DELHI: Sitting pretty on unutilised land of almost 1.5-lakh acres across the country, the Ministry of Railways has started giving shape to its ambitious land development projects. To begin with, the Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) has identified 10 sites for development of group housing and commercial projects.

    RLDA, a statutory authority set up for commercial development of railway land for generating revenue by non-tariff measures, has invited developers to participate in housing and commercial projects in Delhi, Kanpur, Bangalore, Gwalior, Kolkata and Vizag, totalling 174.91 acres. Of these, six are group housing projects, while two are commercial.


    Keeping in mind the massive scale of these projects, the RLDA has said the developer could be a single company or consortium of companies who would get land on long-term lease, which could be 90 years for housing and 30 years for commercial projects. The developer will be responsible for designing, financing, developing and marketing the entire project. Three housing projects will come up in Kolkata, one each has been planned for Delhi, Kanpur and Vizag. A commercial project each in Gwalior and Vizag, one hotel project in Bangalore and one housing-cum-commercial project near Kolkata have also been planned.

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  • Tata Coffee to set up separate unit for plywood biz (

    ...Along with its plan to make Tata Conswood a stand alone SBU, Tata Coffee has also decided to develop its retail business, Mr Bean Coffee Junction, into an SBU. It had kicked off its retail plan by opening an outlet in Cochin around one-and-a-half years back. In FY08, the company has plans for opening five retail outlets. The cities chosen for this are Chennai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Visakhapatnam and possibly Bangalore....
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  • Many takers for VUDA proposal (

    Staff Reporter

    Ultramodern township planned in Dakamarri


    Land development

    under PPP

    State sets target of Rs 1,000 crores to VUDA


    VISAKHAPATNAM: Over 15 developers responded to the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority’s proposal to develop an ultra modern township on 98.64 acres at Dakamarri.

    VUDA has proposed the township on ‘invest, develop and share’ basis while stipulating that the layout should be developed according to VUDA norms.

    The Dakamarri land had originally been proposed for auction under its bulk land offerings. But later proposed for development in ‘public-private partnership.’ The proceeds from the process will go towards budgetary support to the State Government. The State Government has set a revenue contribution target of Rs.1,000 crores to VUDA.

    The Dakamarri land abutting National Highway 43 will be given to the developer who assures the highest revenue, say VUDA sources. If the rate per acre is made along with the commitment for developing the layout, it will be okayed. Alternately, if a proposal comes for sharing of the plotted area and that fetches more money, it also will be considered. Sources say the timeframe for development (of the layout) will be taken into account at the time of considering the expression of interest.

    Earlier auctions by VUDA in the Madhurawada region fetched it upwards of Rs.5 crores an acre and for a 44.25 acre plot it was Rs.2.14 crores an acre.
    - bobbie501, in 27 years
  • Vizag airport in for major expansion soon (

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Air travellers here will soon have the luxury of entering the aircraft directly from the terminal through aero-bridges which are being installed at a cost of Rs 100 crore.

    The upcoming integrated terminal to be built over 20,000 square metres can handle three million passengers annually. The present terminal is handling four lakh passengers annually. Three aero-bridges, escalators and conveyor belts are being facilitated at the new terminal.

    Airport Authority of India, Visakhapatnam unit general manager (projects) HS Suresh told this website's newspaper the new terminal would facilitate operation of both domestic and international flights, customs and immigration offices. Ten airliners could be operated at one time from the new terminal, he added. Fifty-five percent of work had been completed and the authorities expect the project to be handed over by mid-2008. The present terminal will be converted into a cargo terminal at a cost of Rs 10 crore to facilitate handling of the increasing cargo traffic in and around Visakhapatnam.

    The new building would be centrally air-conditioned and have parking facility for 600 cars. Duty-free shops would be available at the terminal, Suresh indicated. The passenger traffic has gone up by 50 percent this year and the cargo traffic is also expected to increase soon, thanks to the advent of apparel park, Pharma city and IT industry in the city, he observed.

    Still Soon.......
    - bobbie501, in 27 years
  • Vizag airport in for major expansion soon (

    Still Soon.......

    55% of work is completed, so its not like one of those proposed projects in the rest of the cities which are still yet to see the light of the day.
    - ..devil.., in 28 years
  • Motorists’ nightmare civic scene (

    Staff Reporter

    A manhole jutting out at Pedawaltair Junction.

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Manholes jutting out of a few inches above road level are proving nightmarish to road-users making people wonder why they are not level with the road. One comes across a few glaring instances at the posh MVP Colony. On the road from Ushodaya Junction to MVP Colony a divider sticks out and is almost dome-shaped. Two-wheeler drivers are facing a tough time driving at night owing to its proximity to the road-divider. The glare of the vehicles coming in the opposite direction makes it difficult to the two-wheeler driver to see what lay ahead of him. Another glaringly jutting manhole is seen on the road leading to Peda Waltair near Ramalakshmi apartments. Picture shows it projecting a few inches above the road and any mistake on the part of the driver to make way for any other vehicle may prove costly.
    - bobbie501, in 28 years
  • 24x7 operation at airport sought (

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Air Travellers Association – India (ATAI) has urged naval chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta to allow 24x7 flight operation in Visakhapatnam airport immediately which has already been provided with the new runway, night landing facilities and ILS.

    ATAI president D. Varada Reddy, in a letter to him, said if that was not possible at least commercial flights could be allowed from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. on the next day by redeploying and training the navy personnel for extended hours.

    The Navy’s INS Dega which operates the air traffic control in the airport, presently allows commercial flights between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    He said there was a lot of demand from passengers for allowing night operations as it would enable domestic passengers to travel to various destinations in the country during the day and return to the city in the night.

    Some of the domestic carriers like Air India, Jet Airways, Spicejet, Air Deccan and Kingfisher have indicated their readiness to start operations early in the morning from Vizag and return in the night and park their flights here.

    Similarly international airlines like Silk Air and Air Lanka are keen to start their operations from January 2008, he said.
    - bobbie501, in 28 years
  • Total identifies 3 new projects for investments (

    The French oil major Total has identified three new projects for investments. The company, which recently aligned itself with a five-member consortia comprising Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, Gas Authority of India Ltd, Oil India and Mittal Energy Investments of Arecelor-Mittal Group, to study the feasibility of setting up a greenfield refinery project near Visakhapatnam, was looking at India as a growth market.

    The consortia propose to set up a 15 million tonnes per annum plant.

    On ongoing projects of Total, Mr Chammas said an underground cavern at the Vishakapatnam port capable of storing 60,000 tonnes will be commissioned by year end by Elf Gas India Ltd (EGIL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Total. It is a joint venture with HPCL, he said.
    - bobbie501, in 28 years
  • HPCL plans to inject $4.5 billion over 5 years (

    India's second largest refining and oil marketing company Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) plans to inject $4.5 billion over a period of five years in fields of exploration, gas marketing and petrochemicals.

    Quoting HPCL Finance Director C. Ramulu, Reuters reported that the state-run refiner hopes to invest about $1 billion for exploration and production by 2012.

    HPCL has also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with France's Total, Mittal Energy Investments, state-run explorer Oil India Ltd and GAIL for a new refinery-cum-petrochemicals unit in Visakhapatnam on India's east coast.
    - bobbie501, in 28 years
  • US-acquired landing ship Jalashwa steals show as Indian navy displays firepower (

    Visakhapatnam, Nov 22: US-acquired landing ship Jalashwa stole the show as Indian navy displayed its firepower off southern Visakahpatnam, as part of the Navy-Week celebrations.

    'INS Jalashwa,' an amphibious assault ship was inducted into the fleet in September and is India's first big defence purchase from the US.

    Jalashwa (a Sanskrit name fro Hippopotamus), formerly the USS Trenton was commissioned at US port of Norfolk in June this year.

    The second largest ship in the Navy's inventory, the INS Jalashwa is equipped with a Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM-8), along with sea-king helicopters, radars and rapid firing guns to undertake amphibious operations among other features.

    Missile corvette INS Nirbhik, a missile boat, submarine and four other ships of the eastern naval command, - INS Rajput, a Kashmir Class Destroyer,NS Karmu and INS Khanjar also participated in the exercises.

    "In the last one year, the eastern fleet has operated at prolonged distances from our own country to the blue waters. The fleet has made a visit to south China sea and northern, specific with the aim to carry out the diplomatic mission of the navy to show the flag as well as to carry out the exercises with other navies of the world," said Rear Admiral R. K. Dhawan, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet.

    Lets Hope So There's Good Mutual Co-Existence Between India & The U.S Forever.
    - bobbie501, in 28 years
  • Working panels formed on BRTS (

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Pending formation of Special Purpose Vehicles for the proposed Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam, the State Government has constituted working committees. The formation of SPVs which needs Cabinet approval is likely to take another two months, according to sources.

    The SPV is to be called the Visakhapatnam Urban Transport Company Ltd. While the Commissioner will be the Chairman of the committee, the RTC executive director of the region will be the Managing Director and the Vice-Chairman of the Urban Development Authority will be the Vice-Chairman. The pattern will hold for the working committee too.

    High-level meet

    A high-level meeting at Hyderabad during the week had decided to involve the RTC at all stages in the ongoing surveys for BRTS by consultancies appointed for the purpose.

    The RTC will the agency that operates the rolling stock i.e., buses. It will have 51 per cent share in the company while the municipal corporation and the UDA will have 25 per cent and 24 per cent respectively. The consultants will also give their view on who should operate the buses. The RTC itself may run the buses or enter into an agreement with some private agencies.

    The ongoing survey covers road width, soil conditions and the positioning of the BRTS- whether the dedicated lanes should be in the centre of the road or on either side- and signalling system that decides the flow of traffic for BRTS and other vehicles etc.

    Another problem that needs to be addressed is finding space for parking lots for vehicles once the road width is decided.
    - bobbie501, in 28 years
  • Nalco to set up 2 plants, invest Rs 20,000 cr (

    HYDERABAD: The National Aluminium Corporation (Nalco) will invest around Rs 20,000 crore to set up two new greenfield projects, an alumina refinery in Andhra Pradesh and an integrated aluminium complex in Orissa.

    Nalco plans to invest over Rs 6,000 crore for its proposed bauxite mining and a new alumina refinery in Andhra Pradesh. “The company has signed an MoU with Andhra Pradesh to access bauxite deposits, estimated at around 100 million tonnes. We have asked the Mineral Exploration Corporation to give the exact estimate after drilling. A formal proposal for a mining lease will be submitted to the state government next week,” he said.

    Nalco’s production capacity now is around 3,45,000 tonnes. This will go up to 4,60,000 tonnes with the brown-field expansion. The company is investing around Rs 5,000 crore in the brownfield expansion, said officials. If the two new greenfield projects are commissioned, it will lift capacity by another 5,00,000 tonnes, taking the total capacity to over 9,00,000 tonnes.
    - bobbie501, in 28 years
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  • Project that spins ‘real’ boom (

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The ‘Integrated Vizag Knowledge City’ project, if cleared by the judiciary, is bound to give a quantum jump to real estate prices in and around the city.

    At present, two petitions, one challenging the tender process and another opposing the sale of hillocks threatening the eco-system, are pending before the Andhra Pradesh High Court.

    “The latest trend is that the government itself has become a land broker for the corporates. For the Pharma City project, land was acquired by the APIIC for Rs.4 lakhs to Rs.5 lakhs a few years ago and now the promoter, Ramky, is selling land by obtaining permission for Special Economic Zone at Rs.75 lakhs per acre,” CPI State secretary K. Narayana said.

    The Knowledge City project, awarded by the APIIC to Unitech Ltd. of Delhi, is considered the single largest land deal anywhere in the country in the recent past. In one stroke, the APIIC has awarded the project to Unitech Ltd. for purchase of 1,750 acres on payment of Rs. 3,288 crores over a period of 10 years.

    Market price

    The market price was fixed at Rs.20 lakhs amid criticism that land at the nearby area had fetched VUDA somewhere around Rs.1 crore to Rs.2 crores per acre. Of 18 bid documents sold, five firms took part in bidding. Unitech was declared successful after Al Hamara Rea Estates Development LLC of Dubai backed out.

    Sources said the company, which bought 340 acres in Noida for Rs.1,560 crores sometime ago for a township, wants to have a built-up area of 100 million square feet. The firm wants to invest around Rs. 20,000 crores to Rs.30,000 crores and earn a revenue of Rs.75,000 crores in 10 years.

    An APIIC official said the firm would build eco-friendly villas, apartments, malls, helipad, entertainment and leisure tourism facilities and a world-class golf course.

    “It’s nothing but a largest ever single land deal in the country to facilitate mega business by a corporate realtor,” Bhujanga Rao, a right to information activist, said.
    - bobbie501, in 28 years
  • Paryatak Bhavan, Silparamam to come up in Vizag (

    Centre sanctions Rs.4.7 crores for Dutch village near Bheemunipatnam


    Government firm on approved projects being launched, says Minister

    Steps to be taken for proposed development of film city


    VISAKHAPATNAM: The State Government is firm on developing coastal tourism with the city as hub and taking up several projects to make Visakhapatnam second most important tourist destination after Hyderabad, Minister for Tourism, Information and Cinematography Anam Ramnarayan Reddy has said. Among the projects that are okayed are a Paryatak Bhavan, the second in the State, and Silparamam, on the lines of the one in Hyderabad, to promote traditional arts and crafts.

    Addressing a press conference after holding a review meeting with Commercial Taxes Minister Konathala Ramakrishna here on Friday, Mr. Ramnarayan Reddy said the Paryatak Bhavan would come up in a 4.5 acre land next to the Circuit House.

    It will have a convention centre too. Plans and designs will be finalised soon. The present “Jatara” near Madhurawada will be converted into ‘Silparamam.” At Tirupati, Silaparamam was being developed and till now Rs. 3 crores had been spent. The Chief Minister had laid stone for one at Kadapa recently, he added.

    The Tourism Department had a total of 560 acres of land in the district of which some extent had been handed over for projects. Parts of the land were at Yendada, Madhurawada, Rushikonda, Mangamaripeta , Tunglam, Kapuluppada and Nerellavalasa. Besides, a film city was proposed in 300 acres but had not taken off yet. Steps would be taken for its development through the Film Development Corporation.

    The Minister said the Union Government had sanctioned Rs.4.7 crores for a Dutch village near Bhimunipatnam of which Rs.2.5 crores had been released.

    The Thotlakonda Buddhist site had been approved for the Buddhist circuit. Answering questions, he said the department would assist VUDA for development of tourism if the latter asked for it. Mr.Ramnarayan Reddy said with the government’s emphasis on development of tourism so far Rs.1,500 crores of private investment had been attracted. The Government was offering incentives like ST exemption, power tariff reimbursement etc.

    Huge investments

    However, the Government was firm on approved projects being started. Even projects that had been given approval as early as in 2000 and 2001 did not take off. While there were 29 such projects all over the State, six were in Visakhapatnam district. On the request for another train to Araku, he said the State was requesting the Railways to attach two vista dome (air-conditioned and see through) compartments to the existing train so that the passengers could enjoy a complete view of the beautiful valleys and hills on both sides of railway track.

    On the Southern Splendour train sanctioned by the Union Government for which a budgetary allocation of Rs.40 crores had been made, he said the Railways wanted a lump sum amount to be paid instead of the earlier revenue sharing arrangement. The Chief Ministers of the States concerned had taken up the issue as the Railways’ proposal was not viable, he added. District Collector A.K. Singhal was present.

    Resort opened

    Mr. Ramanarayana Reddy inaugurated new block of Haritha Beach Resort of the AP Tourism Development Corporation at Rushikonda.

    The block consists of 24 luxury rooms with sea view and is constructed at a cost of Rs.2.35 crores. This is in addition to the 33 existing cottages. Commercial Taxes Minister Konathala Ramakrishna, Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao and VUDA Chairman PSN Raju participated.

    Dream Health Resort

    Mr.Ramanarayana Reddy laid the foundation stone for Dream Health Resorts, the ‘first health tourism’ project in joint venture with the Tourism Department, at Yendada . With the first phase expected to be completed by March, the entire project is scheduled for completion by Nov. 2008.
    - bobbie501, in 28 years
  • ECoR coaching complex getting ready (

    Massive effort: A view of the new railway coaching complex at Marripalem in Visakhapatnam. The five pit complex will be the biggest in the entire East Coast Railway zone.

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The city railway station will have another recognition soon of having the biggest coaching complex in the entire East Coast Railway (ECoR) as the third phase of construction of the mega coach maintenance complex on the 15-acre SAIL siding (Marripalem) is in the fast phase and expected to be ready in a few months.

    This can cater to the railway’s requirement for another 20 years as rakes of up to 30 trains could be cleaned and maintained per day here. As many as 400 persons of Railways Mechanical Department would be working on three shifts in this complex.

    This might be the second major development in the Visakhapatnam railway network which is already having the highest number of platforms (in city station) in the entire ECoR zone (construction of two new platforms almost complete). Sources said though the Rs.23.83-crore coaching complex project, mainly to take care of washing, cleaning and attending to small repairs of rakes of trains that originate from Visakhapatnam, began as early as 2001 during the period of the then Minister of State for Railways Bandaru Dattatareya, it moved at a snail’s pace due to various problems.

    With the completion of first two phases, the third phase was taken up this year. The Rs.6.18-crore first phase consisted of two pits and the second phase (Rs.7.2 crores) one pit. In the ongoing third phase two pits (taking the total to five) would come up besides an exclusive shed for undertaking major mechanical and electrical repairs. The shed will have huge cranes with the capacity of 120 tonnes to lift the rakes. Presently such defective rakes are being transported to Chennai or Kharagpur for repair.

    Each of the concrete pits will be 620 metres long to accommodate 26 rakes, and 2.5 metres wide with the provision 3.6-metre-broad washing area. The pits have been put up with the depth of 2 metres so that the maintenance staff easily walk beneath the rakes to check for any defects in the mechanical and electrical system in the undercarriage. Another feature of the phase-III is the construction of another overhead water tank with a capacity of 2.25 lakh litres for storing recycled water, and a 4-lakh-litres-per-day-capacity water recycling plant.

    Sources in the zonal headquarters said the coaching complex would be a boon to Vizag as hitherto the coaches had been washed on the sides of the existing station (now platform no.6) and moreover long trains could not be washed at once as the pit was not long enough. The rakes would be divided into two or three parts and then washed which was time-consuming and due to this there had been instances of delayed departure of trains like Godavari, Janmabhoomi, Ratnachal, Link and Tirumala Express trains.
    - bobbie501, in 28 years
  • VSP bags award (

    The Visakhapatnam Steel Plant won the national sustainability award for 2006-07 for its outstanding quality control aspects in steel sector, among the integrated steel plants category.
    - bobbie501, in 28 years
  • Budget hotel likely in city (

    VISAKHAPATNAM: One of the 30 budget hotels the Tourism Department is planning to build along the National Highway in the State is being proposed in Visakhapatnam, Minister for Tourism and Information Anam Rama Narayana Reddy said at Araku Valley, 100 km from here on Saturday. The process of technical tenders was completed for the 120-room hotel, Mr. Rama Narayana Reddy said while talking to reporters after inaugurating tourism projects at Araku Valley and Anantagiri. Budget hotels were also proposed in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts, each having 60 rooms.

    The Minister also informed that ancient temples would be renovated by the Tourism Department. Work was under way on the Thousand-pillar temple near Warangal and Rs. 25 lakhs had been spent to renovate the Punyagiri Sivalayam near S. Kota.
    - bobbie501, in 28 years
  • Working panels formed on BRTS (

    another step forward for BRTS.
    a win-win deal for APSRTC!
    - Babji, in 28 years
  • Vizag touted as a global hotspot (


    Dennis J. Meseroll, Director of Tractus Asia Limited, says foreign direct investment (FDI) has been pouring into Asia at an increasing pace for the last few years. China captured 16% of all the FDI in emerging markets worldwide in 2006. Singapore, India and Thailand were additional hot spots for Asia.

    The Asia market has some drawbacks, including less currency and political stability, but wages are low and English-speaking capability is high. Specific concerns to explore include availability and reliability of infrastructure, regulatory burdens and stability, intellectual property rights protection, supply chain efficiency and equity ownership rights.

    Meseroll, who is a prominent Asia expert, directs attention to second- and third-tier cities in today’s popular countries as the future best bets throughout Asia. These include:

    Chengdu, Xi’an and Chongqing, all in China.
    Kolkata, Orissa, Nagpur and Vizag, all in India.
    Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
    Kuala Lumpur and Iskandar D.R. in Malaysia..........

    this is a new york newspaper. glad that vizag is getting internation attention. (although the guy confused orrisa for a city).
    as the best city in south asia for IT/tourism related activities. keep up the good work fellas, with proper planning the city could turn out into a word class hub and not be a infrastructural mess like mumbai/delhi/blore/hyd etc etc
    - ..devil.., in 29 years
  • Vizag touted as a global hotspot (

    this is a new york newspaper. glad that vizag is getting internation attention. (although the guy confused orrisa for a city).
    as the best city in south asia for IT/tourism related activities. keep up the good work fellas, with proper planning the city could turn out into a word class hub and not be a infrastructural mess like mumbai/delhi/blore/hyd etc etc

    ^^I'm Glad That Vizag Is A Great City With A good Promising Future.It Has Got Best Road Infrastructure & If the Trend Seems To Continue Vizag Will Lead The Best City In Asia.It's Official Now One Of the Ten Fastest Growing Cities Of The World Placed At Number 4.
    - bobbie501, in 29 years
  • Cabinet nod for revival of sick unit in Vizag (

    NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Monday approved a plan to revive the Vishakapatnam-based Bharat Heavy Plate and Vessels Limited (BHPVL). The revival plan includes taking over of the sick PSU by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited as its subsidiary.

    Announcing the decision, the Union Minister and Cabinet spokesperson, Priyaranjan Dasmunsi, said the BHEL would initially invest Rs. 275 crore for upgrading it.

    The authorised capital of BHPVL would also be increased to Rs. 70 crore, of which Rs. 34 crore would be subscribed by BHEL. In addition, the Centre would write off loans and interests amounting to Rs. 415 crore and settle outstanding liabilities for Rs. 264 crore
    - bobbie501, in 29 years
  • HPCL to invest $2.5 bn in expanding Visakhapatnam refinery (

    NEW DELHI: Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd plans to invest 2.5 billion dollars (over Rs 9,961 crore) in expanding its Visakhapatnam refinery capacity to 16 million tons, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

    HPCL plans to debottleneck units at Visakhapatnam refinery to augment the throughput to 10 million tons from current 7.5 million tons, by the end of XIth Plan (2012), Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dinsha Patel said in a written reply to a question.

    The company would then raise the capacity to 16 million tons by the end of XII Plan (2017).

    "HPCL has undertaken a preliminary feasibility study to set up a petrochemical complex at Visakhapatnam in consortium with a partner, after which, the capacity and costs can be firmed up," he said.
    - bobbie501, in 29 years
  • ^^ Bobbie, you are doing an excellent job buddy. Keep it up! :cheers:
    - vamsireddy, in 29 years