Amravathi, Andhra Pradesh’s new capital, is going to have India’s first Underwater tunnel in river Krishna. The Length of the underwater tunnel will be around three Kms and it might also be open for the vehicles if state government allows so. The detailed master plan for the upcoming capital of Andhra Pradesh also focuses on a transparent road tunnel beneath the river Krishna connecting the commercial hub of Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada, with the administrative capital, Amravathi.
Once completed, Amravathi will have the first ever underwater road tunnel in India. Currently, there are around 200 underwater tunnels in the world. City master plan is being designed by the designers from Singapore who also have included the under-river tunnel in the detailed master plan for Amaravathi.
Amravathi is currently situated to the North-West side of Vijaywada across river Krishna. Amravathi, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, is about 35 Kms from the city of Vijayawada.
The proposed underwater tunnel will be a major tourist attraction and it will open up near Ibrahimpatnam on the outskirts of Vijayawada. Ibrahipatnam is around 20 Kms north of Vijaywada beside river Krishna on the same side as Vijaywada. The backwaters of the Prakasam barrage in Vijayawada extend up to Ferry village near Ibrahimpatnam.
Since the proposed underwater tunnel is transparent, motorists using it can see aquatic life. The detailed master plan for Amravathi also proposes a `gigantic’ giant wheel on the riverbank of Krishna to give the capital city a `distinct identity’. The giant wheel will function round the clock to attract tourists.
Current chief minister of Andhra Pradesh had also proposed making Gandikota a new tourist hub recently. Apart from Amravathi and Gandikota, there are also many places in Andhra Pradesh which are on the list of new tourist places in Andhra Pradesh.