PM unveils projects worth Rs 1,150 cr in Lakshadweep: Page:

Syllabus: GS-II

Subject: Governance

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors

Issue: Development Projects in Lakshadweep.

Context: PM Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep signifies BJP’s strategic focus on the UT amid rising Chinese interest, proximity to Kerala, and symbolism for ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, despite local controversies.


Visits Strategic Significance

  • Lakshadweep gains importance due to increased Chinese engagement in neighboring Sri Lanka and Maldives.
  • Considered strategically vital, plans for an Air Force station and airport for defense purposes are in discussion and focus on ‘Strong Borders’.
  • PM Modi emphasizes prioritizing border areas and sea edges.
  • Lakshadweep is seen as a crucial gateway to Kerala, BJP’s electoral target.
  • Close social and cultural links with Kerala; Malayalam is the most common language spoken.

Key Projects Announced

  • Inauguration of Kochi-Lakshadweep Submarine Optical Fibre Project to provide high-speed internet.
  • PM inaugurates projects worth Rs 1,150 crore, including optical fiber project, Jal Jeevan Mission, and more.
  • Plans for a Low Temperature Thermal Desalination plant at Kadmat to produce clean drinking water.

Lakshadweep Island

  • India’s smallest Union Territory, Lakshadweep is an archipelago consisting of 36 islands with an area of 32 sq km.
  • There are three main group of islands:
    • Amindivi Islands
    • Laccadive Islands
    • Minicoy Island.

All are tiny islands of coral origin (Atoll) and are surrounded by fringing reefs.


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