Lighthouses to be upgraded for tourism

February 12th, 2011 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Feb 12 (IANS) The Indian government plans to upgrade 13 lighthouses around the country to turn them into tourist attractions as they are located in picturesque locations, Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan said here Saturday.Inaugurating the Rs.300-crore project at a function in Chennai Port, Vasan said: “A new chapter has begun. Three more lighthouses each at a cost of Rs.2.5 crore will be built at Marakkanam, Venbar and Koothangudi in Tamil Nadu.”

He said there are around 180 lighthouses in the country.

According to the minister, upgrading the lighthouses and making them tourist spots would generate new employment opportunities.

He said a National Heritage Maritime Museum at Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu will be set up at an outlay of Rs.50 crore and a lighthouse museum at Marina Beach here will be built at a cost of Rs.5 crore.

The lighthouses covered under the programme are located in Rameswaram, Chennai, Kanyakumari and Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, Dolphin Nose Lighthouse in Andhra Pradesh, Kadalur Point in Kerala, Aguada in Goa, Minicoy Island in Lakshadweep, Dwarka and Veraval in Gujarat, and Chandrabhag, False Point and Gopalpur in Orissa.

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