Better air, sea and communication connectivity, installation
of cyclone warning devices in all the islands, expansion and
modernization of Fire Department, sea shore protection and
setting up of Administrator's Relief Fund forms the
essential component of such a strategy.
The development of dependable transport system between the
mainland and the island and the inter-island sectors is the
key to the socio-economic development of the territory.
The Perspective Plan (2000- 2015) for 15 years on shipping
requirement of the Union Territory is being implemented. The
plan envisages acquisition of 22 new vessels of different
categories including a dedicated tourist ship and a
collector mother vessel for fisheries. Consequent upon the
approval of GOI, one 250 passenger cum 100MT cargo ship, two
150 passenger inter island high speed vessel, one 150 MT oil
barge, two landing barges and a bullard tug are at various
stages of acquisition.
Sea lanes being the connecting arteries between various
islands, PMGSY funds are being utilized to acquire three 50
passenger and one 15 passenger inter island high speed
Lakshadweep was lucky to have escaped from the Tsunami
Disaster. Since 26 Dec, 2004 Disaster Management &
Preparedness Strategy in the islands needs a re-look.