New Delhi, Aug 10 () The government looks to open up to 100 islands in Andaman Nicobar and Lakshadweep for the development of eco-tourism on public private partnership (PPP) basis, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said today.
“A detailed study has been done on the carrying capacity of these Incredible Islands Of India. We are not looking at mass tourism that will burden the environment, sustainable development is the goal,” Kant added.
The Niti Aayog CEO said key approvals will be provided upfront to reduce risk for investors involved.
Island Development Agency (IDA) an apex body, under the chairmanship of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, was constituted in June 2017, while NITI Aayog has been mandated to steer the Holistic Development of Islands program, along with the respective UT administration/ State Governments.
According to an official statement issued yesterday 11 anchor tourism projects Andaman Nicobar and Lakshadweep are proposed to be implemented with private sector participation under suitable risk-sharing model and through open-competitive bidding.
“The said anchor tourism projects have been identified on government-owned land in Smith, Aves, Long, Neil Little Andaman Islands of Andaman Nicobar, and in Kadmat, Suheli and Minicoy islands of Lakshadweep,” it had said.
The statement had also said detailed land survey and demarcation of project sites, carrying capacity assessment of the project islands, coastal regulation zone (CRZ) application and pre-feasibility study have been undertaken. BKS MR MR