India is soon to have its own share of tourism quotient. Although our nation does not lag far behind many other tourist destinations across the world, still there are miles to cover when it comes to dedicated civic and tourist projects. It seems India’s newest state capital, Amaravati, has decided to mark itself well on the national map. The capital is soon planned to be graced with India's first underwater tunnel through river Krishna. This tunnel is planned to be about three-km long cutting across the waves of the river Krishna. If the masterplan comes true, then we shall soon have a transparent road tunnel from beneath the river connecting Amaravati with Vijayawada, the commercial hub of Andhra Pradesh.
Although there are 200 such tunnels around the world, this underwater tunnel would be first of its own kind in India. A lot of credit would be given to the designers from Singapore who have included the under-river tunnel in the detailed master plan for Amaravati which was released late on Saturday night.
Apart from offering convenience to vehicular traffic, this tunnel will also be a major attraction for national as well as international tourist. Imagine the sheer beauty of it when the motorists using this tunnel would be able to see aquatic life.
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"The underwater tunnel will be an instant hit with tourists. Even if the project costs a little more, we will go ahead with it. The state will earn considerable revenue from tourists," says a senior planner in the AP Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA).
The cherry on the cake will be that this proposed project plans to include a 'gigantic' giant wheel on the riverbank to give the capital city a `distinct identity'. Moreover, the giant wheel will function for 24 hours to attract tourists.
Let us hope that things fall into place and we should be able to have an amazing underwater experience!