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Expo showcases the best of Vizag’s infrastrucure projects

A mini cityscape of some of most iconic places of Visakhapatnam and a glimpse of the upcoming grandiose infrastructure projects await visitors at this unique exhibition on the Beach Road, opposite Hotel Novotel.

Giving people a three-dimensional perspective of the city’s glory, the Visakha Smart City Exhibition that was inaugurated here recently has on display around 70 miniature models showcasing the best of the city. The various miniature sections include models of health city, education city, IT sector, proposed infrastructure projects, tourism spots, industrial belt and district administration offices of the city.

Iconic structures such as KGH, educational institutions like Andhra University and St.Joseph’s Convent, tourism spots of the region and upcoming projects like the new look of the airport post expansion, the new golf course and some proposed infrastructural projects are displayed at the exhibition, giving a re-imagined cityscape of Vizag.

The exhibition included miniature models of proposed major projects in the city such as the much-hyped three-level flyover at NAD Junction.

The miniature model of the proposed flyover showcases six-lane vehicle underpass and flyovers at two different levels.

“The main idea behind the exhibition was to showcase different projects, major monuments and structures and beauty of the city through miniature models. Tourists will be able to see what to look out for in Vizag,” said N. Gopinath, the man behind the Smart City Miniature Exhibition. It took nearly two months to prepare the models, some of which had been sourced from the Internet and a few others were developed with the support of GVMC.

“I first discussed the idea with the Collector, who found it unique and encouraged me to go ahead. We have put in about Rs. 30 lakh to make the entire set,” said Mr Gopinath.

The exhibition which was inaugurated on Monday has been drawing a steady stream of visitors.

“There are many places which we have never seen, but only read in newspapers. For instance, we never saw the health city or the Vizag Steel Plant till now. The models give a three-dimensional perspective that we don’t get to feel in pictures. This is almost as good as visiting the places,” said V. Ravi, visitor to the exhibition.

The Visakha Smart City Exhibition will be on for the next one month and will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Source: thehindu
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