VIJAYAWADA: Vijayawada citizens on Thursday flocked Punnami ghat to watch the first-ever aerobatic show in the city. A team of UK-based Global Stars gripped the audience with its classy formations and smoke stunts over the banks of the Krishna.
Four jets led by pilot Mark Jefferies put up a spectacular show. Formation leader Tom Cassells and other pilots Chris Burkett and Steve Carver smooth sailed several stunning manoeuvres and synchronised smoke acts with panache.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Union Minister for Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Chowdhary, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad and others attended the event.
The Chief Minister’s speech after the programme, however, didn’t elicit much response, with people leaving the venue in large numbers soon after the aerobatic performance.
The ghats that teemed with people for the 17-minute show was reduced to a few motley groups after the event, with Naidu struggling to hold the crowd with his words.
Naidu on the occasion said that air show had elevated the image of Amaravati and the government was trying to enhance the charm of city with unique programmes such as the one that clearly outstaged the Chief Minister.
The cultural and recreational programmes being organised by the government are getting positive responses and this in turn is giving the government the push to outperform itself, the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister announced that the State government would organise Amaravati Global Music Festival in February here in Vijayawada.