Vijayawada: The Amaravati Development Corporation (ADC) has come out with green action plan to beat the sizzling temperatures in Blazewada. The ADC invited plans from the urban designers for improvement of greenery as part of the endeavor to promote vegetation in the city which is fast turning into a concrete jungle with dwindling lung space.
The canal bunds and the other hotspots in eastern and western parts of the city were identifies for green belt promotion. Gannavaram on the east and Ibrahimpatnam in west are considered as gateways to the city. The roads leading to the city from both the directions are proposed to be beautified with greenery on either side. The project will be executed in collaboration with Vijayawada Municipal Corporation. The ADC chairperson, D. Lakshmi Parthasaradhi, at a meeting invited blueprints for the greenery project from private agencies on Saturday.
She inspected main centres in the city, along with VMC Commissioner Veerapandian. ADC urban planning officials, and the representatives of the private agency entrusted with preparation of the blueprint for the green project on Saturday and identified locations for the green spots. The focus remains to be on Gannavaram airport, Ibrahimpatnam and the Prakasam Barrage for the beautification project, along with the bunds of three canals – Bandar, Eluru and Ryves. The canals criss-crossing through the city add its aesthetic beauty. The main bathing ghats such as Padmavati ghat, Kinnerasani ghat, Krishnaveni ghat, Punnami Ghat and Pavitra Sangamam located on the Krishna river banks will also turn into beauty spots with greenery around.
Devoid of greenery on the canal bunds in view of encroachments, the city’s tryst with the canal network is deprived of its natural beauty. A long stretch of hill ranges showcases the city’s beauty. But emergence of mushrooming habitations of the hilltops rob hills of their natural greenery while all make lige miserable with the mercury soaring high during the summer.
Dotted with skyscrapers, the city seemingly lives up its nickname of Blazewada as was called by the Britishers with after it has acquired metro status. Felling of trees to pave the way for widening of roads in the run up to the Krishna Pushkaralu raised the hackles of green activists, raising the concern over the city turning into a boiling hotspot.