The city will soon have a riverfront comprehensive recreation facility near Bhavanipuram, spread over one-km along the River Krishna. The project, to be taken up by Vijayawada Guntur Tenali Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTMUDA), will have the entire stretch divided into five zones -- beach, recreation, water sports, eatery and green.

The VGMUDA Vice-Chairman G.S.R.K.R. Vijay Kumar told reporters that it will developing Vijaya Siri river-front project with an estimated cost of Rs.36.5 crore. The project would be implemented in three phases. The first phase – landscaping -- is expected to be completed in next six months.

A seven-storey recreation tower would be constructed with a cost of Rs.12 crore in phase-II and a parking tower in phase-III spending Rs.6 crore. The UDA, this apart, is also planning to float a club on the premises. The State Government, however, is yet to give administrative sanction to the project.

The landowners on Monday agreed to gift their lands to the UDA for taking up the project. The UDA would give TDRs for 50 per cent of their land cost and remaining was free of cost. A gift deed agreement would be entered into with the land owners shortly, he said. The UDA would develop the project on its own and no private agency would be involved. However, the maintenance would be outsourced, he added.

A floating musical fountain, open air theatre, an aquarium, gaming zone, water sports, boating, bowling alley would be some of the attractions at the Vijaya Siri. The Beach Zone was aimed at creating interest on the water front by giving it a beach look.

Many attractions

Bamboo shacks, speed boating would be some of the attractions. Rain dance, water sports, bumping cars, multi-level water slides would be provided at the water zone, he said. In the seven-storeyed recreation tower, each floor with 3,000 sq. feet space, will be constructed in such a way that people could literally walk into the aquarium built in one of the floors of the tower. The UDA is intending to seek Union Ministry of Tourism's financial assistance under product/ infrastructure development for destination and circuits, he added.

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