Vizag, popularly called ‘the city of destiny’ is eagerly waiting for the inauguration of much-needed major projects. Among them is the NAD flyover, a Waste-to-Energy recycling plant at Kapuluppada, and a Multi-Level Car Parking Project (MLCP). The concerned officials of the VMRDA and GVMC said that all the projects are in the final phase of construction. Minister for MAUD Botcha Satyanarayana said that the Waste-to-Energy plant will be inaugurated in April. But due to the Urban Local Body (ULB) elections, it got delayed.
Denizens of Vizag still remember that in February 2016, GVMC had entered into an agreement with JIFT Urban Infrastructure Limited for the project and allotted 17.08 acres of land at Kapuluppada on lease for a period of 25 years in December 2018. An official of the GVMC said that they will supply 900 to 1,000 tonnes of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) gathered from the households on a daily basis to the plant and will also bear the transportation costs. Accordingly, the company would generate 15 MW of power from the waste collected and the same will be procured by the Discoms.
In the meantime, the other prestigious MLCP project was also initiated two years ago as part of the Smart City project to provide parking space near Jagadamba Junction. This G+5 MLCP project is being taken up by a Pune-based private company to accommodate around 100 cars at a cost of Rs. 9.7 crore. As a matter of fact, the officials of the GVMC have carried out a trial run of the project in February.
The completion of the waste-to-energy plant was hampered due to covid-19 and lack of labour. Yet another deadline of December 2020 was also missed due to the delay in the project. Also, the same situation with the MLCP, which too was delayed due to financial issues in 2019 and again due to COVID-19 in 2020. Waste-to-energy plant and MLCP projects will be completed at the earliest,” told to Hello Vizag by a senior official from GVMC.
For the time being, the much anticipated and most sought-after NAD flyover is in the final stages of completion. Almost all the work on the flyover is complete, except for one rotary from Marripalem to NAD Junction. At present, only the lower rotary, beautification, and electrification works are being carried out. Once the project completes in full form, VMRDA officials are planning to invite Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to inaugurate the project.