|Location||Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Owner||R. J. Rao|
|General Manager||N. V. Rama Raju|
|Opened||20 May 2007|
|Operating season||All year|
|Area||12.5 acres (5.1 ha)|
Jalavihar is an waterpark located in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (India) within an area of about 12.5 acres (5.1 ha). Located beside Sanjeevaiah Park and along the Hussain Sagar lake, the park was inaugurated on 20 May 2007.
R. J. Rao, a non-resident Indian, and a group of individuals funded the 220 million (US$3.5 million) in a public-private partnership model with the local tourism department. The department sanctioned a land of 12.5 acres (5.1 ha) on the Necklace Road abutting the Hussain Sagar lake for this project. While the land was provided with a 33-year lease for an annual cost of 3.4 million (US$54,000) and 5% of the gross earnings from the park; this arrangement was to be revised once in five years.
Although the land was allotted by the local government headed by N. Chandrababu Naidu in 2000, the work was stalled because of problems with land encroachment and ownership. Further to this, a probe was initiated by the local government on the method of allocation of projects. India's apex court gave the go ahead to the project in mid-2006 on the basis of sanction of the local pollution control board and the regional high court.
Because of the profitability of public-private partnership model such as this one, the local government proposed to continued the trend in 2010.
Recently in July 2013 Jalavihar employed adinfinitum a social marketing and on-line development company to take up its website redevelopment, online marketing and social marketing. This transaction occurred with a five year agreement between both the parties.
The 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) wave pool, the largest in the country, can accommodate about 1,000 people at a time. The constructed area comprised only 10% of the total area of the park. Proper fencing was provided along the park to prevent littering around the Hussain Sagar lake. The park consists of two main zones – entertainment and party. The entertainment zone has water sports, wave pool, dry rides, mini train and food courts. The party zone contains open lawns that can accommodate about 2,000 people.
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- "Imax row: More to it than meets the eye". The Times of India. 6 June 2006. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
- "Court's nod for Jalavihar project". The Hindu. 20 July 2006. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
- "AP Tourism to rope in more private parties". The Hindu Business Line. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
- Jalavihar pictures, 2013