The Andaman Nicobar Islands is all set to see major revolutionary developments as part of the master plan 2030 where in a large no of infrastructure, shipping, tourism projects are in pipeline.
Being allocated a budget of 10,000 crores in 2015 by the government for the holistic development of the Islands of which 1/3rd has already been allocated and spent on the infrastructure, acquiring of new vessels for Inter Island travel.
A new airport terminal in line with international standards keeping in mind the increasing no of domestic as well as international tourist is being planned and executed by contractor M/s Shapoorji Pallonji. Tenders for building of new bridges connecting the middle Andaman & North Andaman with south Andaman have been awarded are being executed by contracting companies. This will decrease the travel time to Diglipur, Mayabunder by half and more and more tourists will be able to visit the unexplored beaches and territories.
The shipping ministry under the leadership of Union Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said that there will be a “revolution” in the country in development of inland waterways and cruise service between Mumbai and the Andaman and Nicobar islands. He announced that 14 new ships will be added in A & N islands by 2020. The Minister further stated that under Sagarmala Project around Rs 4 lakh crores have been earmarked for port-road connectivity
The construction of additional approach jetty and extension of existing jetty at Neil Island would help in accommodating more than one ship, which was not possible earlier and the project for extension of wharf in Hope Town will allow berthing of bigger vessels than is possible at the moment. The extension of Dry Dock –II at Port Blair will help augment the available ship building and ship repair facilities. The project is expected to be complete by September 2019.
Taj Group has opened the brand new Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans on the white, sandy shores of Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island.