Visakhapatnam: The much awaited VUDA City Central Park is set for official inauguration on August 30 by chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
VUDA (Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority) has completed its project share of 18 acres of the total 20.2 acres of the park. Work on the balance 2.2 acres will be executed by private firms in the future once the park becomes operational.
Confirming this to TOI, VUDA chief engineer M Appanna said they spent Rs 32 crore to develop the project.
Works related to the amusement section will be on 2.2 acres. VUDA would not take up the amusement works but award it to private parties which will maintain it on a lease basis, Appanna said.
“Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu will inaugurate it on August 30. The park has several unique features such as a fountain designed by Orient Technologies from China,” Appanna told TOI.
The height of the fountain is 120 feet and the pond length is 20 metres, he said, adding that the fountain will feature 12 songs including Vande Mataram. This apart, there will be a bonsai park with 100 species, open air stage with a 400 seating capacity, he added.
The animal park will exist beside the bonsai area in which models of the animals will be framed with iron mesh and a green cover with creepers will add to their shapes.
The park will also consist of jogging and walking tracks for morning and evening walkers. In fact, the walking track is already open to public. The park is located in the hub of the city at Dwarakanagar near APSRTC main bus station in the city.
The park was proposed in the year 2011 when Kona Sasidhar was vice-chairman of the urban development body. Earlier, VUDA proposed to name it YSR Park to mark the death of late chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy. However, after the TDP government came into power in 2014, the proposal was withdrawn and the park was renamed VUDA Central Park. The works of the project were halted for nearly two years during the bifurcation movement and it did not make much progress during the regime of chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, said a senior VUDA official.