State Affairs

Govt planning to open up 5 Andaman & Nicobar islands to tourists


The Centre is considering a proposal to open up five islands of Andaman and Nicobar to tourists to promote them as eco-tourism destinations, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said today.

The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago comprises more than 500 islands, many of which are uninhabited and restricted, reports PTI.

Javadekar said during his recent trip to Andaman and Nicobar he explored the potential for developing five islands from tourism perspective.

“I went to the place recently to meet people. It is 94 per cent forest and rest is Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ). The place is so beautiful it can easily beat Thailand and Phuket… But due to our policies we could not open it for public.


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