The Union ministry of Tourism has agreed to provide Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for the development of heritage lighthouses as tourist destinations. The decision was made after a meeting between Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with independent charge for tourism, G K Vasan, Minister for Shipping and Milind Deora, Minister of State for shipping, communication & IT. The two Ministries will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the subject.
Of 15 heritage lighthouses having historical importance, in the first phase, Kanhoji Angre lighthouse in Maharashtra will be taken up for development. Mot Plants to support construction of a boat jetty and passenger terminal at Kanhoji Angre lighthouse.
The Kanhoji Angre island is located at about 9 nautical miles off Gateway of India. Once the jetty is built, locals, and domestic and international tourists will have a new option for a day-trip.
The three ministers were of the opinion that the idea of development of heritage lighthouses will not only protect national heritage but also help develop new tourist destinations. The development of lighthouses will evince interest among the youth in maritime history and development. The effort of developing heritage lighthouses into tourist destinations will also give an impetus to development of cruise tourism in India.
Courtesy : PTI