Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Coming soon! Airport at Lakshadweep's Minicoy Island

New Delhi: The Island Development Agency (IDA) decided today to develop an airport at Minicoy Island to boost tourism and promote tuna fishing industry for improving livelihoods in Lakshadweep.
The IDA was set up on June 1 this year, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's review meeting for the holistic development of islands.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the second meeting of the IDA here today.
It was noted that site development potential reports have clearly mapped and delineated environmentally-sensitive zones in the project islands, and considering the unique maritime and territorial bio-diversity of the islands, enhanced connectivity has been recommended as one of the key priorities, according to a press release issued by the home ministry.
Accordingly, it was decided that the Naval Air Station at Shibpur near Diglipur in northern Andaman and Nicobar Islands would be co-used as joint user airport, it said.
"During the meeting, it was also decided to develop a public-private partnership (PPP) package including a airport (joint user airport) at Minicoy Island, to unlock the tourism potential," the release said.
It was agreed to promote tuna fishing industry for improving livelihoods in Lakshadweep, it said.
The home minister directed all concerned to expedite implementation of ongoing key infrastructure projects in the islands and develop community-based tourism in consultation with local stakeholders, the release said.
08/11/17 Times of India