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Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
08-December-2010 18:00 IST
Four Lakh Tourists at Andaman –Nicobar Islands in Two Years


More than 4 lakh tourists visited the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands  during last two years. The total number of tourists during the year 2008 and 2009 were 1,83,466 and 2,21,900 respectively. The Eco-Tourism sites visited by the tourists are:


                 i.   Chatham Saw Mill

               ii.   Wandoor Beach

             iii.   Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

             iv.   Chidiyatupu

               v.   Mount Harriet

             vi.   Limestone Caves

           vii.   Mud Volcano

         viii.   Yerrata

             ix.   Amkunj Beach

               x.   Curt Burt Bay Beach

             xi.   Karmatang Beach

           xii.   Ross and Smith Islands

         xiii.   Ramnagar Beach

         xiv.   Radhanagar Beach


As per the information received from the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, there was Plan Allocation to the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Forest Department for promotion of Eco-tourism during 10th and 11th Five Year Plan. However, there was no allotment during 8th and 9th Five Year Plan for Eco-tourism. Further, there was no plan allocation for promotion of medicinal plants to the Forest Department in the Union Territory during 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th Five Year Plan periods. No amount has been surrendered during this period.

This information was given by the Minister of State for the Ministry of environment and Forests(I/C) Shri Jairam Ramesh in a written reply to a question by Shri Bishnu Pada Ray   in Lok Sabha today.