The continued development of a high-rise resort in Rushikonda Hills, adjoining to the favored Rushikonda seaside on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam metropolis, has led to many environmentalists accusing them of ‘destroying the realm for business functions’.
On Friday, former Andhra Pradesh chief secretary LV Subrahmanyam wrote to Raj Bhavan secretary RP Sisodia looking for Governor Vishwabhushan Harichandan’s intervention within the state authorities’s destruction of hills within the title of tourism improvement.
Subrahmanyam, who served because the chief secretary to the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led authorities between June and November 2019, took word of a collection of social media posts on the indiscriminate excavation of hills to construct a multi-storeyed vacationer attraction on the Raj Bhavan. contacted. resort.
He mentioned, ‘How can this (destruction) be allowed to go on? Do we now have any considerations about conservation? I want the governor would query this motion. We can’t be silent spectators. An harmless tribal will not be allowed this freedom in his residence the place choices are few. However messing with ecology with all of the choices right here is unforgivable. We must always cease this as soon as (sic),” Subrahmanyam mentioned within the letter.
Till just lately, the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Improvement Company (APTDC) was working a vacationer resort which consisted of a cluster of cottages on the Rushikonda hills for the vacationers to benefit from the view of the picturesque seaside adjoining the hill.
Nevertheless, in February this yr, the state authorities determined to demolish the present resort and construct a brand new multi-storey five-star hotel-cum-resort on the spot. 190 crores.
State Tourism Minister Muttamsetty Srinivasa Rao had earlier mentioned, “The brand new lodge will certainly put the port metropolis of Visakhapatnam on the worldwide tourism map.”
Development work for the brand new resort started in August, whilst many environmentalists, native NGOs and opposition events condemned the plan.
“Barricading has been carried out in the whole space in order that nobody goes close to the realm to know what is occurring inside,” Subramaniam mentioned.
Retired IAS officer and former Union Vitality Secretary EAS Sarma mentioned that the state authorities had obtained setting clearance from the Middle for development on Rushikonda hill and mentioned that it was solely reworking the present resort and as such, the hill could be renovated. There might be no injury or vegetation. However what is occurring there may be simply the other.
Sarma, who has fought environmental points similar to industrial air pollution in Vizag and unlawful mining in forest areas, informed HT, “The development exercise has extensively broken the in any other case stunning Rashikonda hill space, leaving ugly scars and there may be intensive vegetation cowl. is being eroded.” ,
Sarma claimed that the continued development at Rushikonda has additionally violated the grasp plan of the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Area Improvement Authority (VMRDA).,
“Additionally it is a violation of the Coastal Zone Zone (CRZ) regulation, as no elevated construction must be allowed adjoining to the ocean,” mentioned the retired bureaucrat.
Senior Telugu Desam Social gathering chief Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy mentioned the Jagan authorities has determined to demolish the present resort and construct a five-star lodge to earn more money in favor of the contractors.
“From the very starting, the federal government has been bent on demolition. By projecting Visakhapatnam because the working capital and beginning such tasks, the federal government is hoping to extend the land worth,” he mentioned.
When contacted, APTDC Chairman A Varaprasad Reddy mentioned that the multi-storey vacationer resort was arising on two ranges on the hills instead of the sooner small cottages, and no main destruction was going down.
“We now have not violated any environmental legislation. We are going to restore the traditional glory of Rushikonda. As soon as it’s accomplished, it will turn into a serious vacationer vacation spot in Visakhapatnam,” Reddy mentioned.