The Ministry of Shipping along with the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) on 13 October 2015 launched an ambitious programme to develop 78 lighthouses in the country as centres of tourism in the first phase under Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The identified lighthouses are in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The land adjacent to these lighthouses will have hotels, resorts, viewing galleries, maritime museums and heritage museums, adventure sports facilities, thematic restaurants, souvenir shops, LASER shows, spa & rejuvenation centers, amphitheaters and allied tourism facilities to attract the tourists.
Objectives of Lighthouse as tourism destination
The Ministry of Shipping and DGLL intend to promote lighthouses across India as tourism destinations with the following key objectives:
• To enhance and develop the existing Lighthouses and their surrounding areas into unique tourism destinations and Maritime Landmarks.
• To identify and develop possible tourism infrastructure components to facilitate promotion of tourism at Lighthouse premises.
• To explore the possibilities of developing these projects under PPP by integrating commercially viable interventions at the feasible locations in order to make the project viable.
The DGLL has already invited Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from prospective and potential developers for eight Lighthouses at Aguada (Goa), Chandrabhaga (Odisha), Mahabalipuram, Kanya Kumari and Muttom (Tamil Nadu), Kadalur Point (Thikkodi, Kerala), Kanhoji Angre and Sunk Rock (Maharashtra) and Minicoy (Lakshadweep).
Lighthouse Tourism in India
Traditionally, lighthouses have been beacons of navigation for mariners for centuries, but in the 21st century, lighthouses are going through a major transformation as tourist destinations. Lighthouses enthral tourists with their scenic and serene surroundings and rich maritime heritage all over the world.
Realizing this immense potential of lighthouses as attractive tourism destinations, the Ministry of Shipping has decided to tap into the opportunities to promote tourism at these sites.
India has 189 lighthouses dotting its vast coast line of 7517 Km, including the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal and Lakshadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea. Steeped in rich maritime heritage, each lighthouse has its own story to tell to the wayfarers.
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Who: Ministry of Shipping
When: 13 October 2015