Ramakrishna Beach, the most popular haunt of tourists in the city, will soon have four CC cameras, six Community Guards, and life-saving equipment to ensure safety of visitors.
Technicians and workers are seen wiring and connecting the cameras and the work is expected to be completed in the next few days.
It may be recalled that four CC cameras and a CCTV, installed at Rushikonda Beach, were inaugurated by the then Police Commissioner J. Purnachandra Rao in the presence of VUDA Vice-Chairman Kona Sashidhar and GVMC Additional Commissioner Krishna Murthy on November 22.
The death of six engineering students at Rushikonda Beach in October had underlined the importance of ensuring the safety of tourists and visitors to beaches in the city, which have virtually turned out to be death traps for revellers venturing out into the water unmindful of the lurking danger.
Though there have been frequent deaths of tourists, students, and others over the years, and efforts were made to contain them using the police to caution revellers and swimmers to save persons from drowning, they had not produced the desired results in the past.
The death of six students had pressed the panic button and the district administration, the police, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, and other departments got cracking to put some concrete steps in place.
Studies made by scientists of the National Institute of Oceanography and Andhra University had revealed the presence of rip currents in most of the beaches. District Collector V. Seshadri had held a meeting with Mr. Purnachandra Rao, GVMC Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana, and other officials and it was decided to install CC cameras at Rushikonda, R.K. Beach, and Yarada, and to appoint six Community Guards at each of these three places.One cannot stop revellers from getting into the water, as the waves are “fatal attraction” for tourists from landlocked States, who seem to be unaware of the danger.
Demarcation of safe zone, use of public address systems, positioning of swimmers (Community Guards) are expected to go a long way in ensuring safety at the beaches.