It were these factors that drew employees to Sri Laxmi Nagar 11 years ago

The silence in the colony is broken by the noise of the school bus zipping past the lanes to pick up and drop the little ones. Except for this, there is not a sound that invades the privacy of the residents.

It’s this magical silence that charmed diverse employees of the Cooperative Bank, Railways, and Visakhapatnam Port to choose Sri Laxmi Nagar as their home, 11 years ago.

Located near China Mushidiwada, opposite Sujatha Nagar, the place seems to be apt for those who wanted to take a break from the mundane rush of city life.

Apart from eight apartment complexes that came up recently, the colony has 50 independent houses that look almost similar. These attractively structured houses have tiny gardens that nurture a whole bunch of flowering plants in striking hues.

During special occasions, the community hall in the colony draws people together. Women take active role in nurturing their passion like gardening and designing ‘rangoli’. They join hands while celebrating festivals such as ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’.

“Life in the colony is pleasant. With most of us being homemakers, we wish we could utilise our free time involving volunteers in a constructive manner,” says K. Madhavi, one of the residents.

Despite the existence of Sri Laxmi Nagar Residents’ Welfare Association to address pertinent issues, the colony has not seen any development in terms of infrastructure.

“Compared to other areas, the place is undoubtedly free from pollution. However, when it comes to infrastructure, there is hardly any change in the last 11 years,” says Shyam Sundar Rao, who has been living in the colony since inception.

Since there are only a couple of grocery stores existing in the area, the residents visit either China Mushidiwada or Sujatha Nagar to meet their daily requirements.

With no other recreation zone serving the entertainment needs of the residents, who are a mix of younger and older generations, they hope that the space allocated for a park would take shape soon.

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