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Int'l - Mystery Deepens: NITI Aayog Says It Has No Vision Document for Great Nicobar

In response to an RTI application, the NITI Aayog has said it has no vision document for the development of Great Nicobar Island, of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Mumbai: In response to an RTI application, the NITI Aayog has said it has no vision document for the development of Great Nicobar Island, of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

The reply is baffling because of the timing.

It comes nine months after the NITI Aayog issued a request for proposals (RfP) for ‘Preparation of Master Plan for Holistic Development of Great Nicobar Island’, two months after Gurgaon-based Aecom India Pvt. Ltd. submitted a 126-page proposal for a Rs-75000-crore plan, and a month after the environment ministry’s Environment Appraisal Committee – Infrastructure I raised serious concerns over it but also recommended the ‘grant of terms of reference’ to undertake environmental impact assessments.

“As far as NRE Vertical [of] NITI Aayog is concerned, no vision document has been prepared for proposed development plans in Great Nicobar Island, A&N Island,” the advisory think-tank said in response to an application (reg. no. PLCOM/R/E/21/00145). The reply is dated May 6, 2021, and is signed by L. Gopinath, senior research officer, NITI Aayog’s environment and forest division. It is in response to a query filed by a private citizen.


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