Integrated museum complex at Vizag beach

Integrated museum complex at Vizag beach
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Highlights

Pepped up by the increase in footfall of tourists this year, which registered 33 per cent growth, the district administration is speeding up all the projects on a war-footing and devised a tourist calendar for the year end.

Visakhapatnam: Pepped up by the increase in footfall of tourists this year, which registered 33 per cent growth, the district administration is speeding up all the projects on a war-footing and devised a tourist calendar for the year end.

Highlights:

  • VUDA has proposed an Integrated Museum Complex comprising INS Kursura Submarine Museum, TU 142, Rajiv
    Smrithi Bhavan and Andhra University Auditorium
  • Chief Minister will inaugurate the museum in the first week of October

After completing the first phase of TU 142, the decommissioned Indian Airforce Aircraft into a museum, the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority has proposed an Integrated Museum Complex comprising INS Kursura Submarine Museum, TU 142, Rajiv Smrithi Bhavan and Andhra University Auditorium.

The idea is to showcase the people all these places having variety of entertainments on a single ticket of global standards. The complex will have multi-storeyed parking lot and convert the area into no-parking street.

“The complex will be first of its kind in the country and it is estimated at a cost of Rs 80 to Rs 100 crore,’’ said Chief Urban Planner of Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority V Bhavanishankar.

Talking to The Hans India here on Friday, Bhavanishankar said the plan is made ready and two agencies are vying for the project for architectural design. AICOM and Archen Design are in the race, and one would be finalised soon.

Probably, the project will begin from next financial year and hope to be completed by next year end, he added.Meanwhile, the TU 142 aircraft museum is getting ready for inauguration by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in the first week of October. The Collector already asked the VUDA to speed up the works to complete them by this month end.

Bhavanishankar said the aircraft has been completely assembled, internal refurbishment, granite platform and audio-visual system and front façade have been completed.

Initially, a ramp will be used for visitors to enter the aircraft and later aerobridge would be added.“With the submarine which is being redone for President’s visit and the aircraft and TU142, the area would brim with activities,’’ Bhavanishankar added.

By KMP Patnaik

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