Gujarat to develop scenic islands as tourism hotspots

Ahmedabad: The State Government is planning to develop islands along the Gujarat coast as new destination for tourism. Gujarat has a long 1,600 kilometer coastal belt and there are more than 144 islands of them along it, including some 13 islands with possibilities to flourish as tourism destinations.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani chaired a meeting with the officials of the Island Development Authority on Monday as well as the officials concerned of various departments.

Rupani asked officials to explore possibilities of developing islands spread over 50 hectares of land.

Primary study of 13 such islands was conducted by the Coast Guard and Marine Police using Drone technology. Post this, the authority has decided to conduct detail feasibility, safety and security aspects study of Pirotan and Siyal Islands.

The State Government established the Island Development Authority in this August and this was its second meeting. Addressing the officials, the Chief Minister said island development has dual purpose, security and tourism development.

Prospects of other islands including Karubhar, Gandhiyakado, Paanero, Roji, Ajaad, Bhaidal, Nora, Pirum, Valvod and Aliya bet in the Saurashtra and Kutch region. The Coast Guard and the Marine Police have taken up studies of these islands too using Drone Technology.

While preparing development plans of these islands, oceanographic studies will also be carried out to understand sea water levels during high and low tides.

Officials said possibilities of developing the exotic Pirotan Island were very good since it is just 12 nautical miles from the mainland Bedi Port. It also has a light house. The biggest attraction of the Pirotan Island is its close vicinity of the Marine National Park.