Keen to realise the tourism potential of islands in Bay of Bengal as well as the Arabian Sea and improve inter-island connectivity, the government has identified seven islands – four in Andaman & Nicobar and three in Lakshadweep — for seaplane operation.
At a meeting of the Island Development Authority chaired by home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday, the progress of key infrastructure projects such as operationalisation of Diglipur airport in North Andaman island and construction of a new airport at Minicoy Island, Lakshadweep was also reviewed. The meeting — attended by Lt Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, administrator of Lakshadweep, Cabinet secretary and senior officials of NITI Aayog and ministries of home, commerce, tribal affairs, environment, telecom, shipping, water resources etc — was informed that CRZ clearance had been accorded for ‘Middle Strait Bridge’ on Andaman Trunk Road.
A home ministry release issued after the meeting said seaplanes will be operated in Swaraj Dweep, Shaheed Dweep, Hutbay and Long islands in Andaman & Nicobar and Kavaratti, Agatti and Minicoy island in Lakshadweep. Read more