Citizens of Vijayawada began their Sankranti celebrations on a colourful note, with Krishna district witnessing boat races – a major draw – in which over 200 persons took part, on Saturday at Nagayalanka.

Speaking to KhabarLive, V Ramulu, a participant in the boat race, who came from Palavelli in West Godavari district said, “Every year, I come here to take part in the boat race festival. I along with my 10-member team have come here. Last year I won a cash prize of Rs 10,000. I want to win this year too.”

People thronged the bank of Krishna at Nagayalanka to take home memories of the first day of the gripping boat races that saw over 27 teams vying for the top slot.

ALSO READ:  How India’s 'Tata Tea' Ended Up In 'British Homes'?

Inaugurating the boat race event, Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare, Kollu Ravindra said that the State government was concerned about the development of sports in the State and was giving huge importance to it.

The Minister said, “The state has a large coastline and we want to make best use of it. We are starting an academy, exclusively for water sports, soon and we will train all the interested people there. There are 58 medals in Olympics, exclusively for water sports. With best coaching to the candidates, we are sure to get a few more Olympic medals in the long run. Today, I feel very happy to celebrate Sankranti festival on a large scale here in Nagayalanka.”

ALSO READ:  Red Alert Sounded Over Green Algea Cover At Frothing Hussainsagar Lake In Hyderabad, Algal Bloom Turns Lake Into Watery Grave

Mandali Buddha Prasad, Deputy Speaker of AP Legislative Assembly, who was present on the occasion said, “Boat race culture is more prevalent in Kerala. But here in Nagayalanka, boat races have as much prominence as they have in Kerala. Soon tourism department of AP would develop this place as the most sought after tourist destination in the coastal corridor by introducing houseboats, developing the lighting in the area and by erecting AC tents in the nearby islands.”

Later the Minister, along with the Deputy Speaker, laid the foundation stone of a water sports academy to be built at an estimated cost of `3 crore. Apart from the boat races the celebrations featured rangoli competition and a few games, such as lemon and spoon, kabaddi, etc for women.

ALSO READ:  'Ravindra Bharathi' - A Dream Destination Of Every Artiste In Hyderabad

The celebrations: Along side boat races there were events and games, especially for women

AP Tourism dept’s plan Nagayalanka to be developed as the most sought after tourist destination in the coastal corridor; there would be houseboats; the lighting in the area would be developed; AC tents would be erected in the nearby islands.

Infra development Foundation stone of a water sports academy, to be built at an estimated cost of J3 crore, laid. #KhabarLive Protection Status


  1. MetroClick specializes in building completely interactive products like Photo Booth for rental or sale, Touch Screen Kiosks, Large Touch Screen Displays , Monitors, Digital Signages and experiences. With our own hardware production facility and in-house software development teams, we are able to achieve the highest level of customization and versatility for Photo Booths, Touch Screen Kiosks, Touch Screen Monitors and Digital Signage. Visit MetroClick at or , 121 Varick St, New York, NY 10013, +1 646-843-0888

  2. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is needed to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web smart so I’m not 100% certain. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks

  3. hey there and thank you for your info – I’ve definitely picked up something new from right here. I did however expertise several technical points using this website, since I experienced to reload the web site many times previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that I’m complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will sometimes affect your placement in google and can damage your high-quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I am adding this RSS to my email and can look out for much more of your respective exciting content. Ensure that you update this again very soon..

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.