Visakhapatnam: As part of the smart city initiative, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is planning to provide a service road on RK Beach stretch to give more space to tourists.
According to sources, the 2 km stretch of the beach road (from NTR statue to Alluri Seetaramaraju statue) will have a service road in the next three to four months. “The beach road has a service road in isolated places. Now, the GVMC wishes to make it a continuous stretch from Kalimata temple area to Park Hotel junction where the Alluri Seetaramarju statue is located,” a higher official of the GVMC said.
According to GVMC authorities, to pave the service road the corporation would have to acquire land from the Andhra University and a small portion from individuals. The civic authorities have to construct culverts in some areas to provide connectivity to the service road stretch.
At present, around 200 to 400 cars and 1,000 motorbikes are parked on the RK Beach Road on weekdays with the number increasing triplefold on week-ends.
“The small portion of land at RK Beach is not sufficient for parking vehicles. From 6 pm to 9 pm, the beach stretch becomes congested. After considering all these, the GVMC is preparing to talk to the Andhra University authorities for land,” GVMC commissioner Pravin Kumar told TOI. He said if they connect the small portions at a few places, the service road plan would become a reality. According to a senior official in the town planning wing of the GVMC, majority of land on the beach stretch belongs to AU Yoga village. The proposed service road will take a half circle at the police mess area.
The stretch from YMCA to Victory at Sea and Pandurangapuram down to sewage treatment plant have a service road each. The proposed service road would come from behind the Matyadarsini near Kalimata temple to Pandurangpuram down. It would then connect with the service road along sewage plant at Pandurangapuram down through cyclone warning centre residential quarters, GVMC swimming pool, Yoga Village, Police Mess, Rajiv Smurthi Bhavan and , Victory at Sea, sources said.