The administrator said that before finalizing the projects, the administration conducted meaningful consultations with all the stakeholders.
As many as 193 temporary employees of the department were retrenched, saying tourists had left the islands by the onset of the monsoon.
The administration had given notices to all those building owners who had buildings within 20 metres from the coast to demolish their structures.
The Lakshadweep Administrator, Praful Khoda Patel, currently on a week-long visit to the island, inspected the places where land would be acquired.
Protesters urged islanders to bang pots and pans, raise ‘Go Patel Go’ slogan.
Patel, a former minister of state for home from Gujarat and a close confidante of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, denies there is any “saffron agenda” in his decisions.
A source in NCP said that Patel has kept a low profile because of the investigation to avoid wrath of the current dispensation.
Initial investigations by the ED indicate that the proceeds of the land deal were laundered by Mirchi's aide Haroun Yusuf to buy a five-star hotel in Dubai.
The Rajya Sabha MP is expected to appear again on Tuesday as the questioning and recording of his statement has to continue.
A total of five candidates, including Patel, were elected in addition to the AFC president, and one female member for the term 2019 to 2023.