By Accommodation Times Bureau
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Saturday, while reviewing the development progress of holistic development of islands he said, there is a need for developing an integrated tourism-centric ecosystem, in the areas identified for tourism development and called for expeditious pursuit of energy self-sufficiency in the islands, which could be based on solar energy.
The Union Government had constituted the Islands Development Agency on June 1, 2017. Around 26 islands have been listed for holistic development.
NITI Aayog made a presentation on the elements of holistic development, including key infrastructure projects, digital connectivity, green energy, desalination plants, waste management, promotion of fisheries, and tourism-based projects.
The Prime Minister was also briefed on the decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs, to dispense with the requirement of Restricted Area Permit for foreigners visiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Greater connectivity of these islands with South East Asia was also discussed.
Development of vital infrastructure in both Andaman and Nicobar islands, as well as in Lakshadweep was discussed.
The Prime Minister asked the concerned officials to explore the possibility of seaweed cultivation, and other initiatives which could be of help for the agriculture sector.