Environment Minister inaugurates Atal Paryavaran Bhavan

The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, inaugurated the Atal Paryavaran Bhavan at Lakshadweep on February 19, 2021.


  • While inaugurating the Atal Paryavaran Bhavan, the minister said that, Lakshadweep will undergo a comprehensive development that too without compromising the UT’s commitment to nature.
  • The minister attended high level meetings with the Secretaries of various departments in UT’s administration.
  • He will also attend programmes at Suheli, Kadmat and Bangaram islands and evaluate major innovative initiatives of the Forest and Environment Department of the Union Territory.

Suheli Par

It is a coral atoll in Lakshadweep. This atoll is an oval-shaped and 17 km long. It is surrounded by a zone of rich marine fauna. It is located South-West of Kavaratti and 76 km to south of Agatti. It is located 139 km to west of Kalpeni and 205 km to NNW of Minicoy island. The Nine Degree Channel runs between these islands. It has an area of 87.76 km2.

Nine Degree Channel

It is a channel in the Indian Ocean located between the Islands of Kalpeni and Suheli Par, and Maliku Atoll. This channel is around 200 km wide and is having a depth of 2597 metres.

Kadmat Island

It is also known as Cardamom Island. It is a coral island that belongs to Amindivi subgroup of islands. It is 9.3 kilometres in length. Coral reef with seagrass and marine turtles which nestle are the marine features of this island.


This group of islands is located 200 to 440 km off the southwestern coast of India. It is administered as a union territory and a district of India. It has a total surface area of 32 km2. It comprises of 10 subdivisions. The capital of the island is Kavaratti. This region comes under jurisdiction of Kerala High Court.


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