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By T. Madhusudana Rao
Rising to a height of about 28 metres, it was built in 1878 on an area of 2.4 hectares donated by the Maharaja of Pithapuram. The construction started in 1874. It was completed in 1878 and commissioned a year later. The structure, which has stone block masonry up to a height of 3 m followed by brickwork in lime mortar, has withstood several cyclones. It is still strong and stands as a reminder of the maritime trade that existed ever since the period of Kakatiya kings. The need to preserve it has been expressed.
Earlier, a proposal was made to develop the coastal stretch between Kakinada and Uppada Kothapalli, 20 km away, as a picnic spot and a tourist centre. The ancient lighthouse also forms part of the area.
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