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Govt Plans To Open Up Uninhabited Islands In Andaman & Lakshadweep For Tourism
To streamline procedures to attract cruise liners to Indian ports

28 July 2016
New Delhi: The Union government on the reference of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has set up a Committee to look into possibilities of opening up uninhabited islands in Andamans as well as Lakshadweep waters for “hi-value” tourism. The plan is to develop such islands for hi-value tourism in the model of Maldives with private partnership. This was informed by Suman Billa, Joint Secretary-Tourism, Government of India during his address at the inaugural of the two-day Tourism Investors Meet by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) in Delhi today. Later speaking to TravelBiz Monitor, Billa said that the consultations are in “fairly advanced” stage and NITI Ayog of the government is also involved in it.
Billa said that the government is also in the process of “overhauling” the CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) guidelines and Ministry of Tourism has recommended creation of “special zones” for Tourism development. It will provide new impetus to tourism and tourism investments in the country, he said.
Similarly, a Task Force under the Chairmanship of Secretary – Tourism, Government of India is working on easing the processes and procedures related to Cruise Tourism to make it easy for big cruise ships to bring their ships to India. “We want to make cruise tourism to happen in India and big cruise liners to make India their home port,” he said. The processes and procedures related to customs, immigration, etc, at Indian ports which creates bottlenecks for cruise liners are being revisited by the Task Force. The idea is to create new SoPs so that harassment meted out by cruise ships are reduced.