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The Biobrio 8(1 & 2), 2021

Proposed megacity in A & N Islands: An ecological perspective

Uma Shanker Singh, Ashok Chaudhary and Jyoti Kumar


Proposed as a 'sustainable' and 'holistic' developmental project, the NITI Aayog's Sustainable
Development of Little Andaman Island project will be one of the largest development projects
to be undertaken in these islands. The project spans over 680 and is aimed at harnessing
the strategic location of these islands for trade, tourism, and defence. In addition to these
zones, the document also emphasized plans to develop the transportation sectors to make
these islands more accessible by air, land, and sea. The plans included the creation of a) A
'Global Airport' deemed vital for growth, equipped to deal with all types of planes b) An
expansion of the existing jetty on the island c) A 100 km ring highway and d) A mass fast transit
community with stations at common intervals. As ambitious and attractive a project this may
seem, the concerns it raises environmentally, ecologically, socio-culturally and financially, from
its initial phase of planning itself are numerous.

Keywords:    Semi Evergreen forest, fragile biodiversity, indigenous tribes, carbon sequestration

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