VISAKHAPATNAM: At a time when the tourism department is planning a number of projects to boost footfalls, a new rope way is being planned to add to the list of tourism attractions.
Stakeholders like the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda), Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) and AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) have preliminarily identified two stretches -Kailasagiri to Simhachalam hills and Kailasagiri to Dolphin’s Nose -to set up the rope way.
The rope way from Kailasagiri to Dolphin’s Nose may pass over the entire RK Beach Road stretch covering nearly 12 km, while the one between Kailasagiri and Simhachalam will be less than 2 km.
The project is a part of renovation or re-development of Kailasagiri tourism spot which will to be funded by the World Bank.
An Ahmedabad-based consulting agency has been asked to study the viabilities of the two stretches and prepare a detailed project report (DPR). The agency would charge `4 crore to do the work and likely to hand over the DPR in next three months.
Once the project report is prepared, the stakehol ders will hold a review meeting before confirming the model suggested by the agency .
“We are planning to build only one rope way. The rope way from Kailasagiri to Dolphin’s Nose is the one we are looking forward to,” a senior Vuda official told TOI.
APTDC divisional manager TV Sudarshana Rao said that if the project is con firmed for the stretch between Kailasagiri and Dolphin’s Nose, it will be a cynosure of the city.
“Tourists can have a panoramic view of the sea on one side and lush green hills on the other while travelling in the glass-domed cable cars. We have earned `8.60 crore by serving 2.55 lakh tourists from April to July this year,” he said.
Source credit: TOI