India, June 25 -- A group of 60 scientists and researchers has requested President Ram Nath Kovind to withdraw the draft Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation (LDAR) 2021 that seeks to develop the islands as a major tourist destination, underlining that the region's unique geography, ecology, and long human history places natural limits on the kinds of development the archipelago can support.

In a letter sent to President Kovind on Wednesday, the group sought "a serious re-evaluation" of the developmental paradigms being promoted for the archipelago and underlined that Lakshadweep, an archipelago consisting of 36 islands with an area of 32 sq km, was already among the worst affected places due to the climate crisis.

The 60 signat...