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71 light houses identified in India to promote tourism, says PM in Mann Ki Baat programme

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat programme today spoke about the significance of Lighthouse in boosting tourism of the country. Prime Minister recalled his virtual address at the Maritime India Summit which was held earlier this month.

In the Summit the Prime Minister had mentioned that the tall structure of the Lighthouse is a source of attraction to people. As the government plans to boost the tourism around the lighthouse, 71 lighthouses have been identified in India which will be developed as tourist spots.

The Prime Minister also spoke about the Lighthouse in Chennai and paid tribute to the 14 Lighthouse workers who lost their life in the 2004 Tsunami. In the Mann Ki Baat programme today the Prime Minister informed that in all 71 lighthouses, depending on their capacities, museums, amphi-theatres, open air theatres, cafeterias, children’s parks, eco friendly cottages and landscaping will be built.

PM also spoke about the Light house in Chennai. The magnificent Lighthouse in Chennai started functioning on 10th January 1977. The lighthouse has a range of 28 nautical miles which is 52 kms. The focal height of the lighthouse is 57 meters above the sea level.

It is unique to note that it is the only active lighthouse in India which is within the city. It is also the only lighthouse in India to have an electric elevator. The lighthouse was opened to the public in 2013.

The lighthouse has a museum too which depicts the marine navigation. One of the major characteristics of the lighthouse is two white flashes every 10 seconds. The lighthouse faces the Bay of Bengal on the East Coast of the Indian Sub-Continent. The light house at the Marina Beach stands opposite the office of Director General of Tamil Nadu Police and the Chennai Station of All India Radio.

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