ETW STAFF – New Delhi
K Chiranjeevi, union minister for tourism after holding discussions with GKWasan, minister for shipping and Milind Deora, minister of state for shipping, communication and information technology has agreed to provide central financial assistance for the development of heritage lighthouses as tourist destinations.
Out of fifteen heritage lighthouses having historical importance, in the first phase, Konhoji Angere lighthouse in Maharashtra will be taken up for development. The ministry of tourism plans to support construction of a boat jetty and passenger terminal at Konhoji Angere lighthouse.
The Konhoji Angere island is situated nine nautical miles away from the Gateway of India, Mumbai. Once the jetty is built, Mumbaikars and the domestic as well as international tourists will get a new day-trip destination.
Development of heritage lighthouses will not only protect our national heritage but also help in developing new tourism destinations. It will lead to new interest among the youth about maritime history and development. This will also give a new impetus to the development of cruise tourism in the country.
The two ministries will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the subject very soon. Various stakeholders in the tourism and maritime industry have appreciated this decision of the government.