66 lighthouses to be developed as Tourist spots

Friday, Jul 31, 2015,21:43 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Director General of Lighthouse & Lightships (DGLL) has identified 66 lighthouses to be developed as tourist spots, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
In a written reply, Minister of Shipping Nitin Gadkari stated that techno-economic feasibility study had been conducted for 15 lighthouses.  Out of which five would be developed in the PPP mode.
According to the Minister, eight lighthouses each in Gujarat and Kerala, five each in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, 14 in Maharashtra, seven in Lakshadweep, nine in Tamil Nadu, four in Karnataka, three in Andaman & Nicobar and one each in West Bengal, Puducherry and Goa would be developed as tourist spots.
The corridor proposed between India and Central Asia and Russia is expected to substantially reduce cargo transportation time.
Replying to another question, Mr Gadkari said the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) is a proposed multimodal transportation system connecting the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf to the Caspian Sea via Islamic Republic of Iran, from where it connects St. Petersburg and North Europe.
It is expected that cargo by this route would reach Russia in about 25-30 days as against the present route through Suez which takes about 45-60 days. India alongwith 12 other members are parties in the agreement of INSTC, he informed.