Located in between the beach and the picturesque Kailasagiri hills, Lumbini Park, one of the first-generation public parks in the port city, has now turned into a no-man’s land.
Spread across an area of 3.52 acres, the park was inaugurated by Rajana Ramani, former mayor of Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (now Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation) on June 6, 2001. in the presence of former Lok Sabha MP MVVS Murthy, former Rajya Sabha MP Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, and then Vizag-II MLA Pinninti Varalakshmi. The 1992-IAS batch officer Sanjay Jaju was then commissioner of the corporation.
In the first few years after inauguration, Lumbini park was active and attracted a lot of people. However, apathy of the subsequent ruling body of the corporation and officials led to poor maintenance of the park. This apart, cyclone Hudhud also caused immense damage to the park in October 2014.
GVMC planned to redevelop the park for the International Fleet Review (IFR) that was held in February this year, but could not able to do so.