The ministry of shipping has shortlisted 15 of 180 lighthouses in the country to be developed as tourist destinations,said minister for tourism K Chiranjeevi on Saturday. Of these,Kanhoji Angre lighthouse,located 23 km off the Gateway of India,will be the first to be developed.
Chiranjeevi was addressing a joint press conference with minister of state for shipping Milind Deora in the city.
Deora said three lighthouses,including Kanhoji Angre,would be developed on a pilot basis. The other two are Dolphins Nose on Yarrada Hills around 20 km south of Vishakapatnam and Mahabilipuram Lighthouse,40 km south of Chennai.
The construction of a jetty and a passenger terminal at Kanhoji Angre would be completed in the next 10 months.
Apart from a jetty for two catamarans to ferry tourists,facilities for lodging and boarding with restaurants and food courts will also be built. The total cost of developing Kanhoji Angre is estimated to be Rs 47.25 crore. The ministry of tourism has sanctioned Rs 14.17 crore. Work on lighthouse has already cost Rs 82 lakh.
The ministry of shipping has engaged IL&FS through DGLL to prepare a conceptual master plan to develop Kanhoji Angre Lighthouse as a tourist destination. The project will offer an leisure tourism alternative for residents of Mumbai, said Deora.