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Visakhapatnam - The "City of Destiny" Aerial view of Visakhapatnam
portVisakhapatnam (Vizag) is second largest city in Andhra Pradesh
with an area of 550 km. It is primarily an industrial city, apart
from being a port city. It is also home to the Eastern Naval
Command. Visakhapatnam has seen rapid development in the past
decade. The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) will
get a new master plan consequent to the increase in its purview
from 1700 km to 5500 km. The earlier master plan was approved by
the government in 2006. VUDAs jurisdiction has been expanded in
mid-2008. The city sometimes goes by its now mostly defunct
colonial British name, Waltair. During the colonial era, the city's
hub was the Waltair railway station, and that part of the city
still is still called Waltair. It is sometimes referred to as the
"City of Destiny". Visakhapatnam is home to several state-owned
heavy industries, one of the most advanced steel plants and has one
of the country's largest ports and its oldest shipyard. It has the
only natural harbour on the eastern coast of India. 3rd century BC
Buddhist ruins of ThotlakondaVisakhapatnam or the place of Visakha,
is named after the deity of valour, the second son of Lord Shiva.
The other story is that the beauty of the place was compared to the
beauty of Sakhi Visakha. The legend is that Radha and Visakha were
born on the same day and equally beautiful. The city people believe
that an Andhra king, impressed by the beauty, built a temple to pay
obeisance to his family deity, Visakha. The city has been mentioned
in the Indian epics Rmyana and Mahbhrata, as well as the forests of
the Eastern Ghats where the two brothers Rama and ...More:
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