Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today inaugurated the renovated Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) Children's Theatre in the Siripuram Junction of the smart city.
Speaking after the inauguration here, he said the two-floor VUDA Children's Arena doubles up as a venue for various activities with a multi-purpose hall as well as auditorium for cultural programmes and film screening facility with ultra-modern sound and light systems.the Children arena cost Rs 22.16-crore.
With a striking front elevation the entrance is imposing with a height of 70 feet, much higher compared to 23 feet earlier, and composite aluminium panel cladding.
The multi-purpose hall on the ground floor with a capacity of 400 has been left without fixed chairs to suit makeshift seating. The space used for holding activities like painting competitions.
It has a projector and sound system to make presentations and screen documentaries or children's films. On either side is open space that can accommodate gaming zones and food court and provision for library.
The first floor has a capacity of 600 and used to stage cultural programmes or screen films as it has a Dolby sound system.
Children play equipment and relocated "mini zoo" with ducks and rabbits are attractions for kids. Granite benches, landscaping and ornamental lighting add to the ambiance.
He complemented the VUDA for its completion of the Central Park, Telugu Heritage Centre atop Kailasagiri, and Health Arena providing various amenities to North Costal Andhra Pradesh people.
With the completion of the Children Theatre, the focus would now shift to the Kalatarangini Auditorium, now under construction at MVP Colony.
The VIP lounge and aluminium standing seam roofing that withstand wind with Speed of 200 kmph, opted in the light of Severe Cyclonic Storm Hudhud experience.
Demolition of the old theatre had begun in 2012 and construction of the new one began in 2013. At first the project was proposed to be taken up on engineering, procurement, construction basis.
However, there was a delay for about one and a half years as the EPC proposal was dropped and work taken up involving 12 individual contractors.UNI BSR SHS SNU 1500
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