Lighthouse Tourism to Commence in India as Kanhoji Angre Island set for Development
BY Tiya Chatterji December 5, 2019
The Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari recently laid the foundation stone for construction of a passenger jetty at Kanhoji Angre Island in the presence of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Minister Anant Geete and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The project is being implemented by the Mumbai Port Trust (Mbpt) and was initiated by the former union minister of state for shipping; Milind Deora. "The Mumbai Port Trust will invest Rs 47 crore to develop the Kanhoji Angre Lighthouse as a tourist destination," Gadkari said. He added that, Rs 17 crore will be spent for building a jetty, while the balance will go towards tourist facilities on the island, which will include restaurants, camp sites, accommodation rooms and up gradation of the fort.
The island is spread across an area of 198 acres and is located 23 kilometers from Bombay and 9 kilometers from Alibaug. The India navy houses its radar units at the location and hence initially rejected the project. Mbpt chairperson Sanjay Bhatia said: ''We have received the environment clearance for Phase 1 and we are having a meeting on December 9 for the development of Phase 2". The ferry services will be started from the Gateway of India to take the people to the island which is around 10 nautical miles away from Mumbai.
Development of Kanhoji Angre Island as a tourist destination by Mumbai Port Trust in concomitance with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is an attempt to boost tourism in the state .The union minister had said a few days ago that his ministry plans to throw open over 300 lighthouses across the country for tourism. The island houses a fort built by the Portuguese, and an over 100 years old lighthouse, now named for Kanhoji Angre who headed King Shivaji's navy.