Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA)Visakhapatnam, often referred as the “City of Destiny” is one amongst the 20 most fast developing cities in the world as per the survey of United Nations. This city is the epitome of growth in terms of industrialization and is the commercial capital of Coastal Andhra Pradesh. The two major planning commissions in Visakhapatnam are Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) and Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) ensuring the betterment of the city with respect to all aspects.
Introduction to VUDAVUDA came into existence on 17th of June 1978, when the former planning commission named Town Planning Trust (TPT) was upgraded to the latter name. After VUDA being constituted, the development of Visakhapatnam along with Vizianagaram, Bheemunipatnam, Gajuwaka and Anakapalli were added to its jurisdiction as opposed to TPT which had the jurisdiction of Visakhapatnam only. This zone is called as the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region (VMR).
Sri. R.Karikal Valaven, I.A.S (As on 17/06/2016)
& Principal Secretary, MA & UD Dept,
Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
Dr.T.Babu Rao Naidu, I.A.S (As on 17/06/2016)
& Vice-Chairman,VKPCPIR Visakhapatnam
Objectives:The major objective of VUDA is to propose a master plan for all the development activities and initiatives and to adhere to it within the stipulated time and cost. Development activities include providing infrastructural facilities and taking care of various projects in respective sectors.
Various functions undertaken by VUDA are:
- Preparing the Zonal Development Plan for VMR by undertaking the land acquisition and development.
- Development of planned satellite townships, sites and services along with housing projects.
- Roads and Transports
- Development of commercial complexes and shopping malls
- House and Plot allotments by defining areas, colonies and layouts.
Different Wings under VUDA:VUDA has following wings under wider jurisdiction
- Urban Forestry
- Estate Management
Projects and Initiatives:
Society:Keeping all the habitats with various age groups in mind, VUDA ensures that necessary steps are taken for the healthcare and well-being of the society by undertaking a lot of work through NGO’s and Charitable Trusts and bringing up Orphanages and Old Age homes.
Environment:VUDA initiated various plans and programs for a healthy environment and lifestyle by safeguarding the green Eco-system in the city, all the natural resources, plantation activities and educational awareness amongst many others.
Tourism:One of major industries that has benefitted through VUDA is the Tourism Industry. With all the major initiatives with respect to Tourism, VUDA has transformed the city as the one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Major projects with respect to Tourism are:
- Ramakrishna Beach
- Kursura Submarine Museum
- Sandram Lahiri
- VUDA Park
- Vaisakhi Jala Udyanavanam
- Mahatma Gandhi Park (Vizianagaram)
- VUDA Children World
- VUDA Kids Pride-the Adventure Park
Online Services:With one of the major initiatives of reaching out to people with their day to day life, VUDA has taken necessary steps to go viral through online services. The services are not on full swing however should be available with all the basic features by the end of 2014.
Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority
3rd Floor, Udyog Bhavan, Siripuram Jn.,
VUDA is doing a great job in keeping the beauty of VMR to its best. With all the output in terms of industrial growth and commercial revenue, one can’t deny VUDA’s role being any less significant.