A new attraction in Vizag: City to get Mega Wheel like London Eye soon

The wheel will have 44 air-conditioned cabins of 54 sft each and carry 440 persons at full capacity. The cabins will have automatic photography equipment and tourists can take their pictures.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  12 Dec 2021 9:29 AM GMT
A new attraction in Vizag: City to get Mega Wheel like London Eye soon

Visakhapatnam: The ball has been set rolling for the Mega Wheel, one similar to London Eye, that is being proposed to come up on the Visakhapatnam Beach Road, close to D. Ramanaidu Studio. The first-of-its-kind in India and among the 10 giant wheels in the world, the project is being discussed at the chief secretary-level and soon an expression of interest might be called before the end of this year, said chairman of APTDC Vara Prasad Reddy.

"It is the pet project of the Chief Minister and we have suggested that the proposed sky tower be built at the same venue so that common facilities like parking could be used for both," Mr. Vara Prasad added.

This attraction will become a new landmark in the 'City of Destiny' and the designated executive capital of Andhra Pradesh. This is the first Mega Wheel project in India and will put Visakhapatnam in the company of major cities of the world. The proposed height of the Mega Wheel is 125 meters making it among the top 10 Mega Wheels in the world, the APTDC chairman said.

Bringing a London Eye-type project to Visakhapatnam would be a major achievement, the Chief Minister had told his ministers at the Cabinet meeting held on 27 October.

The wheel will have 44 air-conditioned cabins of 54 sft each and carry 440 persons at full capacity. The cabins will have automatic photography equipment and tourists can take their pictures after alighting from the wheel.

The wheel, illuminated after sunset, would be visible from a long distance, the chairman said.

Other special features of the proposed Mega Wheel in Vizag include the ability to withstand hurricanes, cyclones, and earthquakes of up to 8.3 magnitude; special cabins with lift facility for physically challenged persons; dynamic illumination of the wheel at nights; and 20 minutes for one rotation with a capacity of 1,320 persons/hour.

Ain Dubai at 250 meters high at UAE Bluewater Island is the tallest wheel in the world, followed by High Roller (167.6 meters) in the US, Singapore Flyer (165 meters), China's Star of Nanchang (160 meters), and the London Eye (135 meters).

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