Visakhapatnam: Bheemunipatnam, which has been popular as Bheemili, the second oldest municipality in the country after Surat in Gujarat and the first municipality in Andhra Pradesh, gained much importance as Bheemili will be the Executive Capital of Andhra Pradesh.
The sleepy Coastal Town Bheemili in Vizag city has a rich history in India. But, Bheemili appears to be the silent witness of utter negligence when it comes to the development.
Bheemili is the second municipality in the country, formed as it was in 1861, which was once known for its heritage structures such as Dutch fort complex, clock tower, 116-door mansion, Cemetery along with St Peter’s Chapel and few others.
Recently YSR Congress Party general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP, V Vijayasai Reddy said that they are chalking out plans to set up the Executive Capital at Bheemili in Vizag city.
Since Bheemili area in Vizag city has a huge chunk of government lands, the ruling YSR Congress is of the opinion that Bheemili has a great past and bright future so that placing the Executive Capital at Bheemili is the ideal decision.
Vizag District Collector V Vinay Chand said that at least 3,000 acres of land are required for the proposed Executive Capital in Vizag city as the Executive Capital will house the Chief Minister’s office, Head-Quarters of all departments, residential quarters and few others.
The revenue officials said that larger pockets of land are available in Bheemili, Anandapuram, Padmanabham and Gambheram areas under Bheemili Assembly segment.
Visualizing Bheemili and Vizag as another Mumbai, Tourism Minister M Srinivasa Rao, who is also MLA of Bheemili, said that Vizag will be developed as Mumbai in the next ten years once the Executive Capital set up in the city.
The residents of the Bheemili expressed that the services and infrastructure will be improved in Bheemili, which was neglected for decades.
Few old residents in Bheemili, who remembers Bheemili of the 80’s claim that after Bollywood movie Ek Duje Keliye was shot, Bheemili had become most popular tourism destination. Bheemili has clean beaches and historic temples, we are hoping that Bheemili will bounce back as the top destination in the coming days, the residents opined. EOM