Government to develop 700 islands for tourism, Bollywood

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    Government to develop 700 islands for tourism, Bollywood

    NEW DELHI: Many of the over 700 uninhabited islands across India will be developed for tourism, filmmaking, entertainment activities, as honeymoon destinations, maritime security and also for generating non-conventional energy - both wind and solar.

    This scheme will be part of the ambitious Sagarmala project. The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the concept note and institutional framework to implement this massive project that Narendra Modi government has revived. The Sagarmala concept was first mooted by Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his last tenure.

    "We have a total of 1,208 islands including the uninhabited ones and there are 185 lighthouses. These will be developed as hub of tourist activity. We will carry out a feasibility study," shipping minister Nitin Gadkari said.

    However, sources said that before coming out with any such plan, the government would have to consider the environmental impact, rich and fragile ecology of those islands and in some cases the adverse impact on the vulnerable tribal populations living in the nearby islands.

    Shipping ministry officials said the plan to develop these islands, particularly the uninhabited ones, came up keeping in mind the need to protect these islands from any unauthorized occupation and for security reasons. In fact, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had suggested the shipping ministry to look into the concept of such "out islands" when he was taking a review meeting on infrastructure projects on December 19.

    On Friday, Gadkari also said that at least 12 smart cities and several coastal economic zones (CEZs) will come up under the ambitious Sagarmala project. The smart cities will have affordable housing, wind and solar power and green industry. He added a national perspective plan (NPP) for the entire coastline will be prepared within six months to identify potential CEZs. Fund required in 2015-16 for implementation of projects in the initial phase of Sagarmala is pegged at Rs 692 crore.

    While preparing the NPP, synergy and integration with planned industrial corridors, dedicated freight corridors, National Highway Development Programme, industrial clusters and SEZs would be ensured, Gadkari said.

    Government to develop 700 islands for tourism, Bollywood - The Times of India
     
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    also put some icbm's and missile defence on those islands,yeah :shoot::gun:
     
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    It feels great to hear these things. Usually we see no such improvement in these graphs because of not having a special impact on these things but when we see certainly a lot can be gained through it and it work .
     
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    Green vultures are waiting to jump on the bandwagon and sabotage the whole effort. India needs new avenues to attract International tourists and these Island development will attract tourists who prefer going Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles. Good move.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    It is important to make a presence on these uninhabited islands so that an adversary cannot stealthily occupy it, temporarily or permanently or use it as a forwarding base for illegal activities.

    The idea is stellar.

    However, one has to ensure that the ecological balance is not disturbed. One can have conducted tours through the jungle on predetermined paths like they have in Malaysia.

    As far as the disturbing of tribal people, the same as what is happening on the Andaman Highway (NH 223) on which there was a tamasha organised over the Jarawa people has been stopped. Movement will be in time slots and with no stops and in convoys.
     
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    It is more of , "Strategic" , project , rather than an , "Economic" boost.
     
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    It might become an "economic boost", if executed well.
     
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    That would be an amazing thing, the reason behind that is the growth that we can see and because it has an impact surely it will help things to grow in a good way.
     

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