Yanam: The Government of Puducherry is getting a replica of the
world-famous Eiffel tower constructed here to attract tourists. The
structure will be a 100-metre tall obelisk being built by Nagarjuna
Construction Company (NCC) on a 14 acre-site at Guriampet overlooking
the Bay of Bengal.
The Rs. 27-crore project is funded by Reliance Industries Limited
(RIL) which sources over ‘dimensional cargo’ for its offshore terminal
at Gadimoga from the local jetty.
The Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) has also contributed
more than Rs. 5 crore for sand dredging and filling, according to
The tower will have a circular-shaped restaurant above and the
actual structure will be mounted with RIL engineers from Mumbai lending
their expertise to the NCC teams. The project is scheduled to be
completed by the end of 2010.
The project was actively pursued by Yanam MLA Malladi Krishna Rao
who is also the Revenue and Tourism Minister of Puducherry and Member
of Parliament V Narayana Swamy. They have successfully roped in RIL and
GSPC to build their own model of Eiffel tower for the promotion of
The tower will provide a panoramic view of the Bay of Bengal but
entry will be restricted to the restaurant (at a height of about 40
metres) for safety reasons.
Some 300 tonnes of structural steel and 330 tonnes of construction
steel is required for erecting the tower and 15,000 bags of cement for
concrete works including for the pile-cap foundation.
The tower will have rich landscaping around it for tourists to enjoy their visit.
The text and the photo has taken from "The Hindu" newspaper: