Modi Govt invites global investors for the development of beautiful islands-Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep. The central govt calls it for social and infrastructural development programme in the islands.
A pre-bid meeting with the potential global investors will be held on 10 August before forwarding formal bids. The pre-bid organised by govt will clear the terms and sectors to be focused on the formal bids.
Andaman and Nicobar islands are of great maritime importance to India as it has the incomparable potential for trade and surveillance. It is even abode of the one and only tri-service command of India and it has a military base too.
Campbell Bay of great Nicobar has been selected for one of the key project i.e for transhipment terminals.
Biswajit Dhar, Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University shared his words on the same and said, “A large port facility at Campbell Bay could offer a better opportunity for India to trade with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, which is in the vicinity. The project may also have a strategic dimension considering the way China is influencing the dynamics around the region.”
The NITI Ayoga has prepared the “island development plan” which includes 10 key projects. The projects under island development plan will focus on areas such as the roads, clean energy, sea and air connectivity , digital connectivity, development of resorts, healthcare and education. The transhipment terminal is also part of the major projects. The Ayog has also focused on the development of revenue model to build sea connectivity projects in the public-private partnership mode.
The Andaman consist of 576 islands, of which only few are occupied by humans. Campbell Bay of Great Nicobar is 90km away from Malacca Strait which is a connecting sea route between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. The naval appreciated the initiative and said that Campbell suits for transhipment facility as it resides between the international trade route.
Construction of resorts at islands of Suheli, Minicoy and Kadmat are the inclusive part of the plan. NITI Ayog has also included the development of water desalination plants and waste management in its island development scheme.
The plan developed by the think-tank of India will also grant opportunities to businesses in the north-eastern region under the scheme.