connectivity between inter-island sectors. Moreover three 150 Passenger HSCs also connect
island and mainland depending upon the requirements. The cargo transportation from mainland
to islands are handled with four cargo barges, MV Ubaidulla, M.V. Thinnakara, MV. Laccadives
and M.V. Cheriyam.
The administration operates two Pawan Hans helicopters on charter for the inter-Island
service and evacuation of patients from Islands to Kavaratti/Agatti and mainland. Besides
connectivity is maintained by Indian Airlines between Agatti and Kochi except on Sundays.
Tourism is developing into an important industry. Important tourist places are Agatti,
Bangaram, Kalpeni, Kadmat, Kavaratti and Minicoy, etc.
Relevant Website: www.lakshadweep.gov.in
Administrator : Farooq Khan
Collector and Development Commissioner
Jurisdiction of High Court : Falls under Jurisdiction of Kerala High Court
Area : 490 sq km Population : 12.47, 953 (2011
Capital : Puducherry Principal : Tamil, Telugu,
Languages Malayalam, English
History and Geography
The Union Territory of Puducherry, an ex-French enclave, comprises four isolated region of
Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. Puducherry, the capital of the territory was once the
original headquarters of the French Government in India. The French Government handed over
the administration of their territories in November 1954. The territories thus handed over were
constituted into the Union Territory of Puducherry. Puducherry region is bounded on the east by
the Bay of Bengal and on the three sides by Tamil Nadu as a conclave of Cuddalore and
Villupuram districts of Tamil Nadu.
In order to enhance the area under pandal cultivation and to improve the production
potential the formers are encouraged for cultivation of gourd vegetables by providing monetary
assistance for erecting permanent pandal structures which remained as a constraint for the
farmers due to high initial investment cost. Assistance of 50 per cent subsidy to a maximum of 1
lakh per acre is being provided. It offers viable option for the vegetable growers to get increased