Little Andaman Megacity – UPSC Prelims

Challenges for Mega-City
There are certain factors that could prevent the sustainable development of Little Andaman namely:
  • Lack of good connectivity with Indian mainland and global cities
  • Fragile biodiversity and natural ecosystems
  • Certain Supreme Court notifications can pose an impediment to its development.
  • Presence of indigenous tribes and concerns for their welfare
  • 95% of Little Andaman is covered in forest, a large part of it is the pristine evergreen type.
  • Some 640 sq km of the island is Reserve Forest under the Indian Forest Act.
  • Nearly 450 sq km is protected as the Onge Tribal Reserve, creating a unique and rare socio-ecological-historical complex of high importance.

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