Mains Paper 2: Governance | Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors
From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:
Prelims level: Holistic Development of Islands
Mains level: Enhancing Tourism Potential of the Islands of India
NITI Aayog Strategy to boost Tourism
- NITI Aayog through its plan for “holistic development of the islands” is set to boost eco tourism in Lakshadweep lagoons.
- It is planning to set up island water villas which in turn will be a popular alternative to leading destinations such as Mauritius and Maldives.
- The apex planning body, along with other stakeholders, including the Island Development Agency (IDA) is conducting a technical feasibility study for the project.
Details of the Plan
- The panel is identifying an island where a film city can be built.
- The new idea will not only attract tourists but also relieve some of the pressure on Mumbai as a filming hub.
- As part of the plan, the government will issue tenders for four tourism-based hospitality projects – three in Andaman & Nicobar, and one in Lakshadweep.
- These will mainly be eco-cottages for which private players can bid to build. The projects will add about 700 rooms.
- Ecological concerns and tribal-related issues are fully taken care of.
Foreign Tourists on Decline
- The arrival of domestic tourists in Andaman and Nicobar islands rose from over 2.02 lakh in 2011 to over 3.84 lakh in 2016.
- However the inflow of foreign tourists was stagnant at around 15,000.
- This is in spite of the fact that globally, there is a high demand for eco-tourism, adventure tourism (sea sports, game fishing) and cruise tourism.
Better Island Connectivity in A&N
- The Diglipur Airport (in the Andamans) is expected to be operational for civilian aircraft by December, 2018.
- Better connectivity to Diglipur, Port Blair, Car Nicobar and Campbell Bay through smaller aircraft, supplemented with more helicopter services will boost inter-island connectivity in Andaman and Nicobar.