Government prepares master development plan for Lighthouses as tourism spots in India. In a major boost to enhance the tourists’ footprint in the country, the Shipping ministry has determined to develop around 194 existing lighthouses across the country, PTI reported. The ministry will also step up efforts to identify lighthouses which are more than 100 years old.
1. A high level meeting was called up by Union Minister of Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya to take stock of the preparations to develop the lighthouses.
2. The move to develop the selected lighthouses will not only boost tourism in these areas but will also provide people an opportunity to learn about the history of these lighthouses, the minister was quoted as saying by PTI.
3. The minister advised officials to identify the lighthouses which are more than 100 years old.
4. He put impetus on creating museums to showcase the history and working of lighthouses, equipment used in lighthouse operation, etc.
5. The shipping ministry has chalked out a plan to develop around half of 194 existing lighthouses, located across the country, into tourist destinations with an estimated investment of Rs 1,500 crore.
6. Sources said around 85-90 lighthouses will be developed in the first phase while others where there is a high tourism potential would be taken up later. Depending upon the land-holding by these lighthouses, anything between Rs 15-20 crore would be spent on each of the lighthouse.
7. As per the master development plan of lighthouses, some key attractions that are likely to be built in and around lighthouses are museums, aquarium, children’s play area and gardens, along with water bodies etc.
8. Lighthouses were used to aid the movement of sailors and traders in the waterways. Apart from illuminating the sea to aid the sailors, lighthouses also proved useful in the field of navigation as it provided sounds and signals to the ships.
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