Maldives style water villas to be built in India soon, as Niti Aayog the government think-tank has prepared an INR 1500 crore water and land villa project in the lagoons of Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) Islands as a part of developing the islands as a high-value tourist destination. 

The Aayog has proposed to build 125 rooms in the style of the famous Maldives water villas on Minicoy, Suheli and Kadmat islands of Lakshadweep. Around 460 rooms to be constructed in Long, Aves, Smith and Shaheed Dweep Islands in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. With the UT administration and Niti Aayog issued for Rest for Qualification (RFQ) documents for the development of water villas in Lakshwadeep and A&N Islands, as well as ecotourism resorts on the islands, the partnership model for the project is said to follow a Public-Private synergy.

Contracts will be awarded to builders by the end of 2019 as environmental approvals have already been obtained.

Along with villas and ecotourism resorts, Infrastructure like new airports, Introduction of seaplanes, helicopter services and floating jetties are all to be developed. Besides, with the model concession agreement finalised, an official stated that they “hope to kickstart work on these projects in the current financial year itself”, as projected returns are about 30-40 per cent.  

Just after the announcement made on 13 November 2019 at the Pre-application Conference for Eco-tourism Resorts for Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Niti Aayog’s Cheif Executive Officer, Amitabh Kant expressed the need for foreign direct investment as sites on the “Islands are ready for eco-tourism partners” to help develop the archipelago as a significant tourist attraction just like Maldives or Mauritius. 

Scenic Havelock Island sea beach Andaman and Nicobar islands India at sunset.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a travellers paradise has about 86 per cent of forest area that constitutes an important wing of the natural resources of the island and houses many sanctuaries and nine national parks. Around 1400 km away from the east coast of India, the islands have Asia’s best beach according to Time Magazine

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