Heritage sites in Visakhapatnam take a beating

Heritage sites in Visakhapatnam are under threat due to rising construction activity | Image - Eunice Dhivya

Several heritage buildings and sites in and around Visakhapatnam, which stand as sentinels of a glorious past dating back to 3rd and 4th century BC, are under threat due to massive rise in construction activity.

The port city in the north coastal region of Andhra Pradesh is the new executive capital of the state under the three-capital plan of the Jagan Mohan Reddy government. Amaravati, the dream capital of the previous Telugu Desam Party regime, has now been reduced to being Legislative capital while Kurnool is to be the judicial capital.

The edifices standing testimony to the bustling Buddhist activity all along Visakhapatnam coast under the Kalinga era now lie in ruins due to negligence and least priority accorded by the powers-that-be.

Visakhapatnam popularly known as the City of Destiny can boast of having several Buddhist sites like Thotlakonda on the city outskirts, Pavuralakonda and Bavikonda at 17th century Dutch township of Bheemunipatnam-all within a distance of 20 km overlooking the picturesque Bay of Bengal. The city also has British era remnants on the beach road including the Town Hall conservation of which has been taken up last year under the Smart City project by the urban civic body.

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