The Union Shipping Ministry has taken steps to develop lighthouses as tourism centres. The Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships under the Ministry is implementing a scheme to restore and maintain old lighthouses.

While addressing a session at the Emerging Kerala meet, Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan said the Kadalur Point Lighthouse and Vizhinjam Lighthouse in Kerala have been selected for development as tourist centres. He said old lighthouses that have heritage value are major tourist attractions across the world. In India, also, such lighthouses have been identified for promotion as tourist destinations.

(This article was published on September 16, 2012)
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