Coastal Development Strategy
Context in Region
The regional growth framework aims to maximize the potential of one of Vizag’s “unique selling points:” its coastline. The coastal development strategy covers the entire oceanfront, from the port in the south to Bheemilipatnam in the north. As context for the planning framework for Rushikonda, the diagram below and associated text identify the future positioning and character of the different segments that make up the coastline. The contract among the different segments is intentional, and is central to the successful development of the coastline. The Coastal Development Strategy aims to facilitate the delivery of public and private sector investments along the oceanfront, and support integrated development opportunities.
A coastal system that integrates component sites is critical to increasing tourism along the regional coast per the Andhra Pradesh Department of Tourism’s planning agenda. Physical and programmatic infrastructures link the sites and reinforce the coast as a continuous set of livelihood, recreation, ecological and cultural experiences.
Local Development Strategy
The Coastal Development Strategy suggests integration of the following:
Modernization of the fishing harbour with enhanced amenities and harbour parks
Fishing communities will benefit from enhanced cold storage monitoring and inventory management, maintenance and operations facilities, and data generation, analysis, and communication on catch quality and quantity, climate, and safety. Residents and tourists will enjoy improved harbour parks.
Corniche with hospitality and cultural destinations, event venues along R.K. Beachfront
A wide signature public realm along the R.K. Beachfront will provide residents and tourists with continuous pedestrian experiences, infrastructural support for festivals and events, and integrate the numerous cultural heritage assets along the beach.
IT industry offices, leisure and hospitality destinations along Rushikonda Beachfront
Infill growth in the Rushikonda area will build on the tourism potential of the oceanfront, and the development potential of the nascent IT sector, to create an integrated, high-quality “live, work, play” environment.
Natural heritage preservation along the Kapuluppada and Thimmapuram coast
Preservation of sand dunes, grass habitats, wetlands and beaches will provide high value natural heritage experiences for residents and tourists along the coast.
Hospitality destinations and natural asset conservation at Bheemilipatnam
Activities would include: small-scale hotels, restaurants, coastal parks and trails will support a range of experiences around the coast, lifestyle amenities, and coastal habitats.
Observation points, recreation, and natural asset conservation at Dolphin’s Nose, Kailasgiri
Residents and tourists will trek, picnic, and enjoy dramatic views of the Visakhapatnam’s coastline at Dolphin’s Nose and Kailasgiri hills through a network of low-impact walking trails, seating areas, and scenic overlooks.
One advantage that Visakhapatnam has over competing “knowledge industry” cities in India is that housing in Vizag is generally more affordable. In Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi and other Indian cities with vibrant knowledge industries, housing is expensive, and the financial burden of housing is particularly onerous for young professional families at the beginning of their careers. Market prices for upper-middle and upper income housing in Vizag are comparatively affordable. The purpose of this housing component, as set out in the Smart City Framework Plan Terms of Reference, is to propose strategies and approaches to enable Vizag to maintain its comparative advantage in housing affordability as the local economy – and in particular the local knowledge industries – develop.