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India’s first stone park to come up 08-Feb-2018
India’s first stone park to come up in port city. Visakhapatnam: The City of Destiny is set to have a stone park, a-first-of-its kind venture in India. Stone parks can be found in countries like Taiwan, China and Germany. A stone park is an industrial cluster of stone-based factories. With its port and airport facilities and huge reserves of stones and semi-precious stones such as Indian labradorite, Srikakulam blue granite, Kashmir white granite, blue paradise, white galaxy, flash blue, Deccan brown, cat's eye, tiger black among others, make Visakhapatnam an ideal spot for setting up a stone park. The state government is keen on setting up the park to attract global investors. The project would be undertaken in collaboration with the Coastal AP Stone Park India Limited (CASPIL). On the order of the state government AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) has identified 135 acres of land at Gali Bhimavaram in Chodavaram mandal. Visakhapatnam district collector Pravin Kumar said "There is a proposal to set up a stone park in Visakhapatnam. The land allotment proposal will come in the next cabinet meeting of the state government." Visakhapatnam District Colour Granite Quarry Owners' association president Angara Rajesh said that the stone park will be first-of-its-kind in India and that such parks are quite famous in countries like Taiwan, China and Germany.
 
Vizag artist wins laurels in Greece 06-Feb-2018
He plans to host international exhibition in March. City based artist Ravi Kattakuri has created a niche for himself in the international circuits. Known for his unique style of bright artworks with the characteristic feminine face, Ravi was recently invited for the Lakkos International Art and Culture Exchange Programme in Heraklion, Greece. He was the only artist from the country and among the selected few artists from across the globe for the three weeks art residency programme. I had submitted my application in June last year to Lakkos with attached images of my works and in November I received the invitation. It was a rich confluence of artistic ideas and gave me recognition at the European art circuit,” the artist told The Hindu. Ravi displayed three canvas works, 25 paintings on paper and also made a public art work in the course of the programme last month. It is important to stand out and be different when you are showcasing your works abroad. My style reflects the core of Indian culture with all its rich hues and figures and perhaps that’s what draws the eye to it. Often there are art researchers and students interacting with us and this kind of eloquent exchange of ideas in art makes it all the more exciting for me to exhibit on an international platform,” explained Ravi. He was also invited to make a wall art work in his unique style with bold colours, which drew a lot of appreciation from the art lovers of Greece. Many people came took selfies with...
 
Heli tourism likely to be seasonal 24-Jan-2018
VUDA V-C says patronage is less after tourist season. Heli tourism launched with much fanfare may only be a temporary attraction during the tourist season and not a permanent feature, going by the present trend. Cost effectiveness in running the project, appears to be the bottleneck. According the Vice-Chairman of Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) P. Basanth Kumar, heli tourism will be part of the fixture only during festivals and tourist seasons, as it is difficult to keep the helicopter idle or have fewer number of people using it. To make the project viable, the helicopter needs at least 40 to 60 users on a daily basis and post the tourism season, it dropped to 18 or 20. According to Mr. Basanth Kumar most of the people who had availed the services were tourists from Bengal or Odisha and locals were very few. We have learnt that heli tourism even did not click in Goa and Delhi on a permanent basis.
 
City Wears Festive Look On Day 1 02-Jan-2018
City Wears Festive Look On Day 1 of New Year. The city wore a festive look with scores of revellers celebrating the first of the New Year with a visit to popular tourist places on Monday. The beach road was bustling with people who enjoyed the evening at the entertainment zones and cafes dotting the long coastal stretch. The newly opened TU-142 aircraft museum saw a snaking queue of visitors. There were selfies galore as tourists came out of the one-of-its-kind museum and posted updates on social networking sites. Several photography enthusiasts and short filmmakers captured the first sunrise and sunset of 2018 with their paraphernalia of lenses. Instagram and Facebook were flooded with pictures of the New Year revelry. Malls across the city and multiplexes at Maddilapalem, VIP Road, Dabagardens and Jagadamba areas were decorated with festoons, buntings and lights to usher in the New Year. Meanwhile bakeries and cafes made good business with individuals and corporate orders pouring in. “Apart from bulk orders for hampers, we also had a very encouraging start to the New Year on our special dessert menu which included sweet chocolate dosa, chocolate sandwich, chocolate pani puri and chocolate roll among others, said Radhika Satish of Radisa. Florists saw their business soar with many vendors even setting up make-shift stalls at the city footpaths well beyond Monday midnight. Some decided to ring in the New Year in an eco-friendly way. A team of 10 people went ...
 
City Gears Up to Cheer New Year 01-Jan-2018
Mumbai incident prompts pubs to take fire safety measures. With barely a few hours left for the calendar to flip, the city is soaked in festive revelry. From DJ events at star hotels and brightly lit-up eating-out places to beach side party venues and house parties, the city has lined up a host of events and revellers are geared up to welcome the New Year with a bash. While star hotels like The Park, Novotel, The Gateway and Fairfield by Marriott have a mix of DJ events and have also whipped up elaborate buffets, the cities newest party hubs – the two microbreweries are ready to host their first big event. In view of the latest fire accident at a pub in Mumbai, the event organisers have ensured all safety parameters are in place with required fire safety clearance. At Myz-Uno, the stage is set to welcome the guests with their specially brewed flavours of beer. We have kept the buffet spread at the terrace to avoid crowding in the main restaurant area. Four fire extinguishers are in place and emergency exits are well marked keeping in mind the safety of guests, the microbrewery’s founder Rasagna R. Dharmana told. Spread over 9,000 sft, Myz-Uno will be ushering the New Year with a ‘Belgium Beer Tour’. At Iron hill Brewery, four freshly brewed beer varieties will be the flavour of the New Year’s Eve party. “We had a great response from Visakhapatnam in the past couple of days following the launch of the place. However, for NYE we will be restricting to a gr...
 
All roads lead to Utsav venue 30-Dec-2017
Traditional folk art forms enthral children. All roads seemed to have led to Beach Road on Friday as thousands of people converged to witness a wide variety of events held on the penultimate day of the three-day Visakha Utsav, on Friday. Festive atmosphere A festive atmosphere prevailed on the 2-km stretch of Beach Road from R.K. Beach to VUDA Park as the crowd enjoyed the activities of their choice. The Jathara stage, where traditional art forms were displayed was a treat to watch. Children spent time watching the ‘Butta bommalu’ as they walked through the crowds, standing at around 10 feet. Some girls were scared to see a ‘bull’ (a man in bull attire) pouncing at them as it walked past them. The Butta Bommalu artistes came from Marteru in West Godavari district. The ‘Veera Natyam’ artistes from Amalapuram in East Godavari district and Dhimsa artistes of Araku performing rhythmic movements to the music and tribal artistes with traditional headgear like horns of a bison enthralled the city folk, who have little chance of witnessing such folk arts. The utsav came as a ‘god-send’ opportunity to the artistes as the folk and rural traditions are no longer getting the patronage they used to get in the good old days. “It is only during occasions like these that we are getting an opportunity to display our skills and entertain the public,” said a folk artiste. The utsav coupon stalls were full of visitors filling up coupons to try their luck in the draw. The ...
 
Heli Tourism Attracts Visitors 30-Dec-2017
Heli Tourism Attracts Visitors in Visakhapatnam. The heli tourism project would be run jointly by VUDA, Tourism department and GVMC as a pilot project for three months. Visakhapatnam: The Heli tourism project which was launched by the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu during his visit to the city mid-December was made available to the public on Friday, as part of the Visakha Utsav. HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao who flagged off the event at Rushikonda, said that Visakhapatnam would become a tourism destination in the coming days. The heli tourism project would be run jointly by VUDA, Tourism department and GVMC as a pilot project for three months. The en-minute sortie covering VUDA Park, Thotlakonda and Kailasagiri, costs Rs.2,499 but the price could be brought down a bit depending on public response, he said. Besides tourism, the chopper could be used in any medical emergency, and disaster management needs. Corporate houses could reach MoU for the purpose, he suggested. The minister also said Rs.16.82 crore would be spent on tourism sector, Rs.10 crore on development of Thotlakonda and Bavikonda, Rs.35 lakh for Tadiguda waterfalls, Rs.5 crore for Lambasingi resorts, Rs.2 crore for water sports at Mangamaripeta, Rs.1.5 crore for development of Yarada beach, Rs.3 crore each for development of tourism building and Dallapalli resorts, Rs.12 lakh for Tandava reservoir, Rs.15 lakh for Sarugudu waterfalls and Rs.50 lakh for street lighting in Araku and other w...
 
Visakha Utsav Off To A Grand Start 29-Dec-2017
The three-day extravaganza draws huge crowds on the inaugural day. The three-day Visakha Utsav began on a colourful note with a variety of entertainment programmes, a carnival, opening of the Aircraft Museum to the public, classical and folk performances by artistes and a flower show on Thursday. The entire stretch of the 2-km beach road, from R.K. Beach to VUDA Park, was literally chocked as thousands of students participated in the carnival from the YMCA to the main venue at RK Beach in the evening. Folk artists, dressed in their traditional attire, performing ‘Tappetagullu’, girls in colourful costumes, dancing in the caravan, girls dressed in the form of goddess Durga and artistes performing tiger dance drew the attention of the tourists and visitors on the inaugural day. Stilt artistes, some of them sporting royal attire and folk drummers, were a big draw among children and adults alike. Youngsters were seen taking selfies and pictures with their mobile phone with the traditional folk artistes, who participated in the carnival in colourful costumes. Film stars Akhil and Kalyani and music director Anoop Rubens added glitter to the inaugural function. The tastefully decorated main stage caught the attention of the crowd. The gold-coloured background and huge pillars with intricate carvings gave a majestic look to the stage. Children clapped in excitement as Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao pressed a button to mark the inauguration from the main...
 
Loads Of Fun Likely At VisakhaUtsav 26-Dec-2017
3-day festival will kick off with a folk carnival on Thursday. A treasure hunt on wheels, music, dance, food, water sports, helicopter rides, flower show, temple replicas and a lot more. Tourists and visitors can enjoy all these on the 2-km stretch from Novotel junction to VUDA Park during the 3-day Visakha Utsav, scheduled to begin on Thursday (Dec 28). A special stage with the ‘jatara’ theme is being erected at RK Beach . This will be the main stage for presentation of cultural activities. The festival will kick-off with a folk carnival at 5 p.m. on the opening day. The treasure hunt on wheels (cars) would take the participants through the places of tourist interest in and around the city as they try to find the hidden treasure. The clues to find the treasure would be given on the mobile app. The participant and his family members can travel in the car as they go hunting for the treasure. The maximum permissible speed is 30 km/hr and the vehicle should have the required documents and the driver a valid driving licence. The food stalls, to be set up by various hotels on the beach, would dish out not only local varieties of food items but also tickle the taste buds of people coming from other parts of the country as also international tourists through international cuisines. Vizag unlike other cities in AP is a cosmopolitan city and we are dishing out content, be it food or music, to cater to the tastes of different sections, said Samit Garg CEO of E Fa...
 
Floating Lanterns Light Up Sky 25-Dec-2017
Event organised to promote universal brotherhood and peace. Vizagites witnessed a grand spectacle with over 900 persons releasing floating sky lanterns at Aqua Sports Complex in the city on Sunday. Second edition The second edition of the event hosted by Times of Vizag, a social media group, was aimed at promoting universal brotherhood and peace. When hundreds of lanterns rose into the sky, the weekend revellers greeted with loud cheers and whistles. ‘Message to society’ Rajesh and Lakshmi, who accompanied their toddlers, said the event would send a good message to society. The busy Ramakrishna Beach came to a standstill with the sky magic lasting for 90 minutes. The floating lantern festival was first launched in Thailand. We started the festival to bring people from all faiths and castes to a common platform to spread the message of universal brotherhood,” Harshit Ram one of the organisers of the event said.
 
 
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