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.
      Tourist Centres
            Tourism is developing into an important industry. Important tourist places are Agatti,
      Bangaram, Kalpeni, Kadmat, Kavaratti and Minicoy, etc.
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       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
                                                                                   and French
      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