Thiruvananthapuram: It is engaged in the development of high-end eco-tourism projects in Kadmatt, Suheli and Minicoy Islands, a statement from the Lakshadweep administration said. The administration said it has proposed high-end eco-tourism projects to establish a strong foundation for maritime economic development along with tourism development. It has proposed high-end eco-tourism projects to establish a strong foundation for maritime economic development along with tourism development.
The projects are to be implemented under the aegis of NITI Aayog and keeping in mind the conservation of the fragile coral ecosystem. The three water villa projects will come up in Minicoy at a cost of Rs 319 crore, Suheli Islands at Rs 247 crore and Kadmatt at Rs 240 crore. National Center for Sustainable Social Management (NCSCM), MoEF&CC and NITI Aayog has conducted a joint survey during November 2018 for site evaluation and confirmation.
Lakshadweep said that before finalizing the projects, the administration has held fruitful consultations with all concerned stakeholders including public representatives of the respective panchayats of Kadmatt, Kavaratti and Minicoy and the concerned panchayats. The concerned local panchayats have also issued NOC for the proposed eco-tourism projects in Kadmatt, Minicoy and Suheli islands for bar license in the project. The Administrator said that global tenders have been floated for the three projects and the same can be downloaded from August 1, 2021.