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Visakhapatnam:  The city of destiny will be adding one more feather to its cap when India’s tallest musical fountain opens in the Central Park in less than a week. Touted to be one its kind in the country, the musical fountain along with the park will be inaugurated by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on August 30.

With commissioning of the fountain and heli-tourism, the city would be attracting a good number of tourists, both domestic and foreign for Dasara and winter vacation. Designed, developed and installed by Orient Fountains of China at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore, the fountain jets to a height of 40 to 50 meters.

Oscillating vertically at 360 degrees, the fountain dances to the tune of digital music in different colours. Built in an area of 800 square meters, the fountain in all will showcase 64 events and will last for 45 minutes.

The fountain beats the Gujarat Science City musical fountain, which goes up to a height of 30 meters only.Initially, theme songs and patriotic numbers would be played and the show can be watched by 500 to 600 people sitting in the gallery.Vuda is planning to organise four such shows in the first phase charging a modest price of Rs 25,’’ said Vuda secretary A Srinivas. 

The entry is fixed at Rs 20. Among the other works, landscaping, which has been completed between the tracks, gives a beautiful look to the park. Cycling track, over bridge, children play area, and event lawns are also ready. Ticket plaza, bonsai garden, bamboo garden, and floral garden are getting finishing touches.

 External jogging track and parking, completed two years ago, is under use now.The entire park, which was once well known central jail, spread in an area of 20.2 acres. The work on Central Park with an estimated cost of Rs 35 crore started in April 2010.