Visakhapatnam: The AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) has ambitious plans of revamping Yarada Beach located close to the city’s iconic Dolphin’s Nose hills.
Hoping to start works by September, the department is currently looking for administrative sanctions from the state government.
APTDC plans to construct four rainshadow shelters for tourists, cafeteria, modern toilets and lawns among others.
D Sandeep, a merchant navy employee and a resident of MVP Colony in the city, said, “Yarada beach is beautiful but lacks basic requirements. Road connectivity is also very poor. It doesn’t have a good restaurant or even a cafeteria.”
Sirisha Patnaik, a software firm employee, said, “The road needs to be developed immediately.”
Speaking to TOI, APTDC executive director for Visakhapatnam region R Sreeramulu Naidu said the cost of developing Yarada would be Rs 1.5 crore. The department selected Yarada beach to develop this financial year as it is one of the busiest beaches in the city attracting a lot of tourists.
“Tenders were floated for development works. We are expecting to begin after September 15. However, it will be helpful for the department as well as tourists if the approach road on the Dolphin’s Nose hills is revamped simultaneously,” Sreeramulu Naidu added.
APSRTC regional manager G Sudesh Kumar said they would increase the number of buses if the beach is developed. “The development of Yarada beach will be a welcome decision for all of us. If demand soars, we will run more buses,” Sudesh Kumar said.
The beach is nearly 15 kms away from the city. Located amid rocky hills, it is covered with banana and coconut plantations. As it is not crowded like RK beach, it can be used for cinema shootings and gatherings of small groups for entire day outing. However, here too, the sea water and current is very rough as it is at Rushikonda and RK Beach. This apart, the sea water is polluted with industrial waste as it is close to the industries including the Gangavaram Port.