Lighthouses are one of those structures which serve multi-purposes. Making them a tourist attraction is one of the most prudent ways to commercially exploit these lighthouses. India has a long coastline and there are many lighthouses built on these coastlines to smoothen marine navigation. At the same time these are the structures which provide amazing 360 degree view which can make them favourite tourist destination.
The government has realised the tourism potential of lighthouses and is now thinking of undertaking beautification of some of the lighthouses to make them tourist-worthy. The government has identified eight lighthouses, three on eastern coastline and five on western coastline, for beautification. Beautification will be done under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode for promotion of tourism.
Commercialisation of these lighthouses will also save the government the cost of their maintenance. These lighthouses are currently under the supervision of Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships.