Gangavaram, Visakhapatnam

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Gangavaram
Neighbourhood
Gangavaram beach
Gangavaram beach
Gangavaram is located in Andhra Pradesh
Gangavaram
Gangavaram
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Gangavaram is located in India
Gangavaram
Gangavaram
Gangavaram (India)
Coordinates: 17°37′43″N 83°14′10″E / 17.62861°N 83.23611°E / 17.62861; 83.23611Coordinates: 17°37′43″N 83°14′10″E / 17.62861°N 83.23611°E / 17.62861; 83.23611
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Visakhapatnam
Government
 • Body Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Nearest city Visakhapatnam

Gangavaram is a suburban area in Visakhapatnam.

Geography[edit]

Gangavaram is located at 17°37′43″N 83°14′10″E / 17.62861°N 83.23611°E / 17.62861; 83.23611. This village comes under the Greater Visakhapatnam Corporation in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Beach[edit]

The beach in Gangavaram is called Gangavaram Beach. It was named after the town which existed before the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant was constructed.

Transport[edit]

APSRTC routes
Route Number Start End Via
63 Gangavaram Port RK Beach Pedagantyada, New Gajuwaka, Malkapuram, Scindia, Convent, Town Kotharoad, Jagadamba Centre
65F Gangavaram Port Fishing Harbour Pedagantyada, New Gajuwaka, Malkapuram, Scindia, Convent, Town Kotharoad, Jagadamba Centre, Collectorate

Festivals[edit]

All of the Hindu festivals are celebrated in the village. The Maaghapournami is celebrated in February through March, the people from surrounding villages bathe in the sea. There is even a small fair on this day. The Paidithalamma Ammavaari Panduga festival is celebrated every other year in mid-June.

Village demolished[edit]

The village was removed from the area and all the families are shifted to two places. Most of the people working at Visakhapatnam Steel plant are shifter near Srinagar and the people who have their living from fishing are located near peda gantyada. During this, there was a lot of tension which went on for several months leading to strikes and police firing. While 1,270 families accepted the compensation package and agreed to vacate their houses, 350 owing allegiance to the Vedika refused to leave the village, demanding categorical assurance from the management of the private port to provide permanent jobs to at least one member of the project-affected family.[1]

Gangavaram Port[edit]

The whole village is vacated and Construction of the port began in December 2005, and commercial operations commenced in August 2008. The port was formally inaugurated in July 2009, by the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. The port is called Gangavaram Port after the name of the beach. This is the deepest port in India.[2] Fishermen in the Gangavaram and Dibbapalem villages, who were directly affected by the construction of the port, demanded construction of an alternative jetty and a relief and rehabilitation package.[3]

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