Cruise service between city, Kakinada planned


Cruise service between city, Kakinada planned

The fun of having vacation in the blue waters of Bay of Bengal watching the panoramic beauty of Konaseema and Eastern Ghats from see-through cruise liner may become a reality with the State government deciding to introduce cruise service between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada. Though the plan was conceived earlier, it was shelved for a variety of reasons mainly for not getting suitable place for anchoring of the cruise liner. Sources told The Hindu that now it might be explored to have a cruise terminal either at Bhimili or at Yarada, where 12-metre draft is required for docking the vessel. Earlier, it was proposed to use the place to be available after shifting of fishing harbour to Mulakuddu near Bhimili for developing a terminal. It was dropped following objections from boat and trawler operators for their relocation.

Presently, Shipping Corporation of India operates a 1100-nautical mile 56-hour passenger service from Visakhapatnam to Port Blair once a month through its agents A.V. Bhanoji Row, Garuda Pattabhiramayya & Sons. “There is heavy demand for going to Port Blair from the city,” Mr. Pattabhiramayya, a veteran in shipping industry, said.

AMET Shipping, which brought its cruise liner AMET Majesty from Chennai for a ‘night-at-sea’ exposure for select group of people in 2011, had experienced a lot of difficulty in first getting clearance to berth it and later attaching gangway (ladder) to it. The ship had docked at the Visakha Container Terminal.

“This time we want to introduce cruise service between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada and later in Krishnapatnam area. Visakhapatnam is on top of our agenda in tourism promotion,” said Neerabh Kumar Prasad, Principal Secretary, Tourism. Abundance of beaches, green-capped hillocks, Buddhist sites, and tribal locations would make Visakhapatnam one of the best tourist destinations in the country, he said.

Visakhapatnam is on top of our agenda in tourism promotion

Neerabh Kumar Prasad

Principal Secretary, Tourism

 

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Visakhapatnam Today


AP Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd: Gandhi Shilp Bazaar, exhibition-cum-sale of handicrafts and artistic textiles, New Rythu Bazaar grounds, MVP Colony, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Visakha Sahiti: Discussion on ‘Matrubhasha dinotsavam – spandana’, Sri Lalitha Peetham, Lalitha Nagar, 6 p.m.

Soundaryalahari: Spiritual discourse on ‘Sri Lalithopakyanam’ by Brahmasri Samavedam Shanmukha Sarma, Kalabharathi, 6 p.m.

Centre for Studies on Bay of Bengal, AU: Inaugural of workshop on ‘Application of spatial technologies in the restoration of wetland ecosystems’ and felicitation to Maj. Gen. R. Siva Kumar, Head of NRDMS & NSDI Division, DST, New Delhi, Platinum Jubilee guest house, AU campus, 2.30 p.m.

SIMS: Inaugural of ‘Virat’, management and legal meet, Alwardas Educational Complex, near International Cricket Stadium, P.M. Palem, 9.30 a.m.

Jubilee English Medium School, Gnanapuram: 12th annual day celebrations, District Collector S. Solomon Arokia Raj chief guest, school premises, 4.30 p.m.

TSR & TBK Degree and PG College: Annual Day celebrations, Chairman of AP Council of Higher Education L. Venu Gopala Reddy chief guest, college premises, Gajuwaka, 6 p.m.

 

 

On the vigil


Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral D.K. Joshi and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra, witnessing flying operations onboard INS Viraat during the ongoing month-long major exercise of the combined Eastern and Western Fleets in the Bay of Bengal in Visakhapatnam on Friday.- Photo: by arrangement
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral D.K. Joshi and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra, witnessing flying operations onboard INS Viraat during the ongoing month-long major exercise of the combined Eastern and Western Fleets in the Bay of Bengal in Visakhapatnam on Friday.- Photo: by arrangement

Tulabaram @ Devotion


Krishna Chaitanya Seva Sangh Korukonda organising ‘Tulabaram’ with milch cows on the banks of river Godavari in Rajahmundry on Saturday.—PHOTO: S. RAMBABU

Krishna Chaitanya Seva Sangh Korukonda organising ‘Tulabaram’ with milch cows on the banks of river Godavari in Rajahmundry on Saturday.—PHOTO: S. RAMBABU.

Note: Tulabaram Means Weighing the object with some sort of things like sweets, gold etc., You can find the Tulabaram in the Mythology of Indian namely MAHABHARATA.

Vizag tourism poised to get a big boost


A tiger jumping into a pool of water at the Animal Rescue Centre in Visakhapatnam.— A FILE PHOTO

A tiger jumping into a pool of water at the Animal Rescue Centre in Visakhapatnam.— A FILE PHOTO

Animal Rescue Centre to be converted into a safari for lions and tigers.

Brand Vizag will get a big boost as a tourist attraction as the Central Zoo Authority has approved the layout to convert the Animal Rescue Centre located opposite the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park into a safari for lions and tigers.

The facilities have been created to make it suitable for a safari once the lions and tigers housed in ARC die a natural death.

The ARC developed in 30 hectares in Kambalakonda Reserve Forest to house 30 lions and an equal number of tigers during 2001, will become a safari once the inmates rescued from circuses on a directive of the Supreme Court die a natural death.

The ARC was designed to give a decent retirement life for the wildcats after they were subjected to cruelty by circus companies. When they were brought, they were traumatised and bruised due to torture and cruelty meted out to them.

The number has dwindled over the years. For instance, the number of 48 lions and 13 tigers in 2007 has come down to 19 lions and 11 tigers.

“Funding for the safari is no constraint. We will get tigers and lions under exchange programmes for display during the safari. We are ready to sanction funds up to Rs.1 crore as we are determined to make Visakhapatnam zoo a destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers,” Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force B.S.S. Reddy told The Hindu during a recent visit to the city.

The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, located amid the scenic Eastern Ghats and surrounded by hills on three sides and the Bay of Bengal on the eastern side, is spread over 625 acres.

It was set up in 1972 and opened to public in 1977 and has at present 80 species numbering 800. It has animals and birds including recently acquired rhino and a pair of giraffes in 63 enclosures and large open moats and aviaries surrounded by reserve forests giving the animals a life close to their natural habitat.

Visitors up

The zoo received 5.67 lakh visitors in 2010-11, which went up to 7.05 lakh in 2011-12 and 7.80 lakh in 2012-13. A cheetah couple will be brought from Czech Republic next month.

“As the zoo has one of the finest locations in the country with such a huge area in natural surroundings, we will be bringing more animals like fishing cat, pygmy hippopotamus, thamin deer, leopard cat and black bear to make it more attractive,” said Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) A.V. Joseph.

 


  • Facilities have been created to make ARC suitable for safari
  • Funding for the safari is no constraint, says forest official

     

Now, mobile apps for fishermen


The Chennai-based M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has provided fishermen-friendly mobile applications to boat operators who venture deep into the Bay of Bengal. The MSSRF, in collaboration with technology-provider Qualcomm Company, distributed some 20 hand-held devices with the app. to select boat operators belonging to Gilakaladindi and Campbellpeta areas in Krishna district. The services provided by the app include tracking potential fishing zones, ocean state forecast such as length of the waves in the sea and weather conditions. The hand-held device would also provide market information, news and government schemes meant for fisher folk. “The beneficiaries all depend on fishing for a livelihood. They were trained in the operation of the application and the mobile,” said Machilipatnam based MSSRF representative D. Srinivasa Rao. The app provides data both in English and Telugu. Plans are afoot to cover more boat operators in Krishna district once the application is proved worthy.

Vizagites unwind to EDM beats


DJ Candice Redding from South Africa playing at the Vizag Music Carnival in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.— Photo: K. R. DEEPAK

DJ Candice Redding from South Africa playing at the Vizag Music Carnival in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.— Photo: K. R. DEEPAK

EDM festivals have become popular across the world.

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festivals have become immensely popular across the world as they create an experience that helps people unwind and groove to the beats. Vizagites had an opportunity to experience an EDM festival on Sunday evening as a number of artists took music lovers on a journey through various subgenres of EDM.

DJs from across the country and abroad have played in the city but never has there been such variety in one evening.

Vihar at Rushikonda proved to be an ideal venue for the festival as it offered people the chance to get away from the city and relax by the sea. People arrived in the afternoon, enjoyed a picturesque sun set and continued dancing until the moon rose over the Bay of Bengal.

The DJ played electro house, electronica, dubstep, trap, psychedelic trance among other styles. There was also a dance performance by professional dancers Ree and Phithvi and visuals by Eyespye.

The artists that played a set were DJ Candice Redding, Sandunes, Tertrabyte, ShamelessMani, Ronnie Bass Roller, MC Colin Terence, DJ Eddie, DJ Sam, Aerodynamik, DJ Rahul, DJ Swarup Verma, Disguyz, and MC Vinay J. The Sunburn festival organised in Goa every year brings lakhs of tourists to the State and it is known across the world for its music culture.

With festivals like these the city can also find a place in the music circuit and attract a number of visitors to enjoy the beauty of the city.

Annual event

‘Bassment’ the event organisers plan to make it an annual event and hope the city authorities and people in the hospitality sector realise the potential of such an event to boost tourism.