A final detailed project report (DPR) on the master plan for the redevelopment of Kailasagiri Hilltop Park would be submitted soon by the project consultant, VMRDA Metropolitan Commissioner P. Basanth Kumar expressed.
The report would be approved by the VMRDA after which it would be sent to the world bank for final approval, Mr Basanth Kuma expressed.
The process of approvals leading to calling for tenders may take 2 to 3 months, the final report is expected from the consultant in a fortnight. The project had been sanctioned in 2016 as part of a beachfront restoration drive with a cost of Rs. 240 crore under Andhra Pradesh Disaster Recovery Project after Cyclone Hudhud wrought havoc in October 2014. For the restoration and development of Kailasagiri cost is Rs.40 crore.
Doubts over the scope of the work and nature of funding persisted but finally, the Commissioner of Disaster Management cleared them, leading to the VMRDA entering into an agreement with the consultant SAI Consulting Engineers of Ahmedabad in July 2017.
After a stakeholders’ meeting, it was felt that instead of restricting the work to 58 acres, the plan should have been expanded up to the World Telugu Museum, which would increase tourists footsteps to the area between the museum and the hilltop park. Additional suggestions for improvement included solar fencing, demarcation of amusement and food zones, safeguards to prevent battery car accidents, creating shelters for tourists in case of rain, among other things.
However, for including these components under the master plan, a Total Station Survey (TSS) has to be carried out for all the 358 acres. Since in the original project TSS was not a component, the World Bank’s approval was sought again, Mr Basanth Kumar said. After the World Bank gave its nod, the survey was carried out again and it took another four to five months. After that, a second stakeholders’ meeting was held and the final DPR would include suggestions made in that too.
“The process of the project is being regularly reviewed, stakeholders meetings are being held, and any delay caused is only in the interests of the project and due to improvements being made,” the Metropolitan Commissioner said.
amenities for tourists, parking, Infrastructure, landscaping, safety and environmental aspects will be taken up by VMRDA in the project.