Kakinada has many pluses and some striking failings. The project, it hopes, will fix its faults.
This erstwhile Dutch colony, once known as Cocanada, is a pastoral pensioner’s paradise, given the laid-back languor it exudes and the quality of life it affords its three lakh-plus residents.
Kakinada is in many ways a well-planned city with a grid-like network, with excellent road, rail, air and port connectivity. It is also the starting point of the 796-km-long Buckingham Canal, which runs all the way to Villipuram in Tamil Nadu and served as a major transport channel.