Lakshadweep eco-tourism development plan gets thumbs-up from hoteliers

Successful bidders will get three years for construction and 72 years for the operation and maintenance of the projects.

Published: 05th September 2021 05:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th September 2021 05:03 AM   |  A+A-


Lakshadweep islands

By Express News Service

KOCHI: Amid protests by various political parties against the reforms introduced by administrator Praful Khoda Patel, the Lakshadweep administration has some good news. Its plan to transform the archipelago into a global tourism destination got a big boost with leading hospitality groups responding overwhelmingly to the Investors' Conference in New Delhi.

Though green activists have raised concerns that the plan to follow the Maldivian model of development would adversely affect the islands’ fragile ecosystem, the administration vows to maintain eco-balance. The plan is to develop water villas and beach villas on the Kadmat, Suheli and Minicoy islands.

The bid for the eco-tourism projects is due on September 17. Successful bidders will get three years for construction and 72 years for the operation and maintenance of the projects.

According to Lakshadweep Collector S Asker Ali, 16 leading groups including The Taj Hotels, Radisson, Oberoi, ITC Hotels and CGH Earth attended the Investors’ Conference held on Thursday and evinced interest in the project.

"The eco-tourism projects are implemented under the aegis of NITI Aayog with a vision to establish a robust base for maritime economic growth through tourism development," he said.

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said a scientific approach has been adopted to ensure that the eco-tourism projects strike a balance between protection of the fragile coral ecosystem and the need to improve the islanders' livelihood opportunities. He said clearances required for the projects will be given upfront to ease 'high end, low volume tourism' on the islands.

Action plan

  • Minicoy: 150 rooms

  • Kadmat: 110 rooms

  • Suheli: 110 rooms

The projects to be developed under public-private partnership on design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis 


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp