VISAKHAPATNAM: The Port City, which was once known for its temperate climate, is gradually losing its glory thanks to the unplanned and haphazard building plans that leave no room for natural elements.
K M Sastry, a senior civil engineer who worked with the Indian Railways, said, “The entire industrial belt is located along the hills which today not only radiates natural heat absorbed from the sun but also the heat generated due to extensive industrial activity and existence of several concrete buildings in the vicinity.”
KS Narayanan, a civil engineering consultant and former alumnus of HCU, said, “Right from town planning to developing industrial estates, our entire efforts seem to be flawed. Even the most primitive of human tribes have understood the importance of blending in with their environment. But we are going the other way. Any properly planned township, town or city would take the wind and heat factors into consideration before embarking on a development plan. This is not the case with any of the cities in Andhra Pradesh.”
Meanwhile, sources in the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) said though they are aware of the basic rules and regulations concerning town planning, their hands are usually tied as most of the colonies either have to be regularised or sanctioned depending on who the petitioners were.
A senior engineer in the GVMC said, “We are all aware of the number of hill encroachments in the city that has led to deforestation and other problems. However, we cannot take stern action against such culprits due to their political influence.”
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