All along the coast, fishing villages are populated by people dependant directly and indirectly on fishing & other coastal livelihoods and India is gearing up to develop coastal and cruise tourism. The rush to develop the ‘blue economy’ risks harming both the marine environment and local economies and livelihoods.
Seaplanes are being used in tourism in the state of Maharashtra, about to be launched in Goa, and have been proposed in other coastal states as well. The service was introduced, opposed by local communities as well as few NGOs, and stalled in Kerala in 2013. The seaplanes bring along a wide range of social, environmental, and ecological issues and affect nature and local communities and is therefore objectionable.
Coastal tourism in India is not just confined to Goa and Puducherry but almost the entire peninsular coast has become a tourism hub. The coastal states have focused on tourism development and huge infrastructural investments have already been sanctioned which is reflected in their budget plans and policies. One amongst these investments is the seaplane service, which has received a lot of attention in the recent years.