Govt plans to develop around 194 lighthouses to boost tourism in India

A lighthouse in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.

New Delhi (NVI): Union Minister of State for Shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya, today held a high level meeting, for developing around 194 existing lighthouses across India as major tourist attractions.

Mandaviya said it will boost the tourism activities in lighthouses surrounding areas and give an opportunity to know about the enriched history of these lighthouses.

A detailed action plan to develop lighthouses as tourism spots was presented. Mandaviya advised officials to identify the lighthouses which are more than a 100 years old.

He put impetus on creating museums to showcase the history and working of lighthouses, equipment used in lighthouse operations etc.

As per the master development plan of lighthouses, some key attractions are museums, aquarium, children play area and gardens, along with water bodies.

The minister also took stock of the progress for developing tourist activities at Gopnath, Dwarka and Veraval lighthouses of Gujarat.

The Union Minister further instructed the official to prepare a detailed presentation on the project at the earliest.

The meeting was attended by the Secretary, Shipping Ministry and Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships along with the other stakeholders.

-CHK