The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach), an organisation dedicated to the conservation of heritage sites, will be undertaking the documentation and listing of heritage and historical structures of Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh. In this exercise, Intach will be supported/assisted by various government departments like Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA), Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), Indian Railways and archaeology department. Further, the architecture students from Gitam Institute too will give a helping hand in the execution of the project. The work is supposed to commence from mid-June 2019.
Architects from Intach have also been sent to Delhi for training in research, tracing heritage structures and documenting their detailed history. It’s believed that in the course of documentation, many hitherto unknown and abandoned historic structures might be discovered.
Visakhapatnam district is known to have several monuments and heritage sites which are of historical significance. For example, Erra Matti Dibbalu (Red sand dunes) situated between Visakhapatnam and Bheemunipatnam, are one of the geo-heritage sites in the country. Recent archaeological excavations of Buddhist shrines revealed Buddhist dominance in this area and these are recognised as heritage sites that include Boudharamam, Saligudam, Sankaram and Devipuram etc. Gopalapatnam, on the Tandava River, is a village surrounded by brick stupas, viharas, pottery and other Buddhist artefacts