Lakshadweep Tourism: In a First, Maldives Style Water Villas Soon in Lakshadweep For Tourists

In a first of its kind initiative in the country, India’s popular island destination Lakshadweep will soon have three premium Maldives-style water villas. Excited much?Also Read – BREAKING: Aisha Sultana Given Anticipatory Bail in Sedition Case Filed by Lakshadweep Police

The three premium projects will come up in Minicoy, Kadmat and Suheli islands at a cost of Rs 800 crore, for which the administration floated global tenders on Saturday. Also Read – Lakshadweep Protest: Aisha Sultana Moves Kerala High Court Seeking Anticipatory Bail Against Sedition Charges.

With a vision to establish a robust base for maritime economic growth with tourism development at its core, the administration said it is engaged in developing high end eco-tourism projects at these islands as anchor projects under the aegis of NITI Aayog. Also Read – Who is Aisha Sultana, Actor-Filmmaker Facing Sedition Charges in Lakshadweep?

What is the new initiative about?

The scientific approach adopted in each stage of the projects finalisation ensures that it strikes a balance between protection of the fragile corals’ ecosystem and the need to improve livelihood opportunities of the islanders, the administration claimed in a statement.

“In a first of its kind initiative in the country, three premium water villa projects are identified in Minicoy (150 keys, project cost of Rs 319 crore), Suheli (110 keys, Rs 247 crore) and Kadmat (110 keys, Rs 240 crore) islands, based on comprehensive location suitability analysis, technical and financial feasibility and project structuring”, it said. A joint survey, comprising representatives from National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM), MoEF and CC and NITI Aayog, visited Lakshadweep during November 2018 for site assessment and confirmation