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Parks and recreation: Rs 116cr facelift for RK beachfront | Visakhapatnam News

Visakhapatnam: The city’s famous RK Beach stretch is getting ready for a makeover. Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has finalised tenders to redevelop the beach front at a cost of Rs 116crore. The beachfront redevelopment project will stretch approximately 3.5 kilometres in length and will be divided into four zones, according to the detailed project report (DPR).
Major components of the project include a 3km-long retaining wall, three parks, a 3km-long cycling track, walking track, increased parking facilities, plazas, beach access, upgrade of existing shops, public toilets, drinking water etc.
The beach redevelopment project has been so conceptualised that the development blends into the natural landscape. Further, increasing connectivity along the beachfront and improving the streetscape are also part of the agenda. The master plan was prepared keeping site context, ecology, landform, traffic flow, biodiversity and traditional livelihood activities in mind.
GVMC chief engineer M Venkateswara Rao said that the bids were finalised around two weeks ago. “The bidder has to complete the project in 18 months. A single continuous service road will be laid to close the discontinuity between existing service roads,” said the chief engineer.
“The project will give a complete makeover to the RK Beach stretch right from adding a cycling track, a walking track, more parks, increasing greenery and provisioning better public amenities,” Venkateswara Rao added.
The 2014 Cyclone Hudhud had devastated several districts of Andhra Pradesh, including Visakhapatnam. Following the cyclone, World Bank approved credit of US$250 million towards the Andhra Pradesh Disaster Recovery Project (APDRP). Counterpart funding of US$120 million will be done by the state government in the ratio of 68:32.
Of the six components of APDRP, protection and restoration of the beachfront is the third.
The project seeks to restore damages due to disasters while increasing resilience of infrastructure and communities from future impacts of natural disasters and climate change. The three major components of APDRP are: safety and disaster resilience, community resilience and education and awareness related components to protect natural assets.

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