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Thotlakonda beach awaits inauguration in Visakhapatnam

Thotlakonda beach awaits inauguration in Visakhapatnam
Vuda City Central Park decked up with lights for inauguration by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. (Photo: DC)

Visakhapatnam: Vizagties are disappointed once again as Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has been delaying to inaugurate the newly developed Thotlakonda beach, which is added in Vizag nearly two decades after the the existing beaches.

The beach visitors in Vizag city have been waiting for the inauguration of the beach as the Rushikona beach suffered heavy damage due to swell waves.

The tourism department has developed the Thotlakonda beach with around Rs 2.5 crore and it has a park with sprawling lawns and landscape, four food courts with spacious dinning space, washrooms for men and women, toilets apart from a beautifully laid park and a sit-out.

Recently, district collector Pravin Kumar visited the Thotlakonda beach and said that it can be opened anytime. Sources said that the officials have planned to get it inaugurated by the Chief Minister. But, the fresh visit of Mr Naidu to Vizag city on Wednesday has not fulfilled the beach visitors’ desire as he was confined to BRICS summit.

Expressing displeasure over the delay in inauguration of the Thotlako-nda beach, Ganesh G, a software engineer, says that if the Chief Minister has no time to inaugurate it, the officials have to invite another VIP to do it. The Rushikonda beach was closed for tourists due to erosion. Though the tourism officials have planned to promote Vizag as a city of beaches and hills, it failed to attract visitors due to delay in the projects, he pointed out.

Mr Naidu inaugurated the VUDA Central Park, but he has no time to inaugurate the beach. It clearly reflects that the TD leaders in Vizag city have been misleading Mr Naidu, says Kalyan Kumar, a resident of Sagarnagar area in the city.

Sources in the tourism department said that Mr Naidu may inaugurate the beach in his next visit to Vizag.