What tourism looks like as beaches and valleys in Visakhapatnam reopen

With obligatory use of face-mask, social distancing norms and temperature checks in place, the favored spots in the area have a distinct really feel

The beaches, valleys and different vacationer spots in and round Visakhapatnam lastly re-opened this week after almost six months, following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. With obligatory use of face-mask, social distancing norms, and journey restrictions from neighbouring States in impact, the once-packed vacationer spots in Visakhapatnam look somewhat totally different.

The first few days after reopening of Rushikonda seashore noticed a sluggish trickle of tourists. Temperature checks have been accomplished at varied factors and guards alerted folks to put on masks always.

“We have resumed the boating activities with two jet skis and two speed boats at present. Spraying of hypochlorite solution is being done at the seating areas at Rushikonda,” says T G Prasada Reddy Divisional Manager of Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC).

According to him, APTDC incurred losses of greater than ₹12 crore throughout the previous six months of pandemic. “The rail and air connectivity with neighbouring States of Odisha and West Bengal is yet to be fully operational. At present, the local visitors are coming in. We are expecting the visitor inflow from other States to pick up by October,” says Prasada Reddy.

Borra Caves at Araku Valley
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Borra Caves

Borra Caves that opened to vacationers on Sunday now has a restriction of as much as 300 guests per hour. In the height season, the place would see a circulate of as many as 5,000 guests per hour. “Now every visitor will be given santisers, disposable masks and gloves with temperature checks done before entry. We have marked circles throughout the caves to maintain social distancing,” he provides. Plans are afoot to gear up for the height vacationer season ranging from October by extending the timings from eight a.m. to 7.30 p.m. at Borra Caves. At current, the entry allowed from 10 a.m. to five p.m.

Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) is be opening fashionable spots like Kailasagiri, Dr.Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy Central Park and Thotlakonda this week. However, like different locations the expertise of visiting these locations will likely be totally different as individuals are anticipated to put on masks on a regular basis; a number of signboards will likely be put up prompting folks to take care of six toes distance and sanitise their palms.

“These steps have been implemented on the recommendation of committees that were set up a few weeks ago to survey each of the tourist spots. Separate dustbins have been added in the parks for people to dispose of their soiled masks and gloves. However, no person without a mask will be allowed on the premises,” says P Koteswara Rao, Commissioner of VMDRA.

Longer look forward to museums

People should wait somewhat longer to go to the INS Kursura Submarine Museum and TU 142 Aircraft Museum on the Beach Road. Both the museums which noticed a file of over six lakh guests in 2018-2019 are a significant vacationer attraction in the town. “The submarine and the aircraft museum are extremely narrow and enclosed spaces, so we are taking a little more time to understand and implement precautionary measures before reopening these places to the public. Once they reopen, every visitor’s temperature will be checked. The museums will be closed for a few minutes every two hours for sanitising and disinfecting the place. Apart from that, we will also facilitate online payments at the ticket counter to ensure cashless transactions.People will not be allowed to touch anything inside the museum. Each group, of not more than six people,will be accompanied by a guide to ensure they follow safety measure,” provides Koteswara Rao.

Aerial view of T142 Aircraft Museum and INS Kursura Museum

Aerial view of T142 Aircraft Museum and INS Kursura Museum
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As per the journey actions like the rope-way cable automotive and the toy trains at Kailasagiri VMRDA will likely be operating a trial part for per week earlier than opening it to the general public. “These places have been closed for more than five months, so to ensure safety, we will be opening it only after testing their working for a week or two,” he provides.

For the guests stepping out to those locations after an extended break, the expertise has been combined. S J Siddhanth visited Rushikonda Beach on Monday after virtually 5 months regardless of residing simply three kilometres away from the ocean. “Though the number of tourists was less compared to pre-COVID times, people did not maintain six feet distance on the beach. The authorities were doing their bit of checking temperature and asking people to wear their masks. If you visit any of the beaches, you would know that people barely follow any precautionary measures, many of them roam around without a mask. While it is good to step out once in a while for a breath of fresh air, staying indoors as much as possible seems the right thing to do,” says the 29-year-old resident of Sagar Nagar.

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