Port Blair, Nov 08: An unsigned press release was issued on behalf of Andaman and Nicobar Administration from Deputy Commissioner’s office this evening claimed that ‘All Is Well’ in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Despite claims of public that the local infrastructure has totally collapsed and there is a huge gap between public and local Administration, the press release claimed that the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in recent past has embarked on a road towards exponential development in all sectors of governance. The Central Sponsored Schemes has been major focus of the UT Administration.
To begin with, the press release said, a number of development schemes have garnered tremendous progress in recent past. Andaman and Nicobar Islands was already Open Defecation Free much before the target date on 2nd October, 2017 in municipal area and was declared ODF on 31st January, 2018 for entire Islands.
However in reality during visit to North and Middle Andaman one can see hundreds of people urinating in Public at Jirkatang Check Post many even respond to nature’s call in open due to lack of sufficient Toilet Blocks in the area. Local media reported about this issue several times in past but this problem has not been addressed yet.
The press release claimed that Under UJALA scheme, 4 lakh LED bulbs have been distributed and PBMC is 13th Smart city Municipality to totally replace all street lights bulbs with LED bulbs in India. Further, in November end this year entire Islands will be covered with LED streetlights.
“All household have been electrified under Pradhan Mantri Bijili Har Ghar Sahej Yojana (Saubhagya) Scheme and only two cases in Shoalbay have come up, which will be electrified by end of this week. Under PMAY land allotment is being done to about 2000 landless beneficiaries at the rate of 50 sq. mtrs. which is historic in UT Administrations developmental graph. Number of development projects such as 50 MW LNG based power plant where Power Purchasing Agreement has been already signed on 26th October, 2018 is on anvil. The plant will be completed and start functioning with in record 24 months,” the press release added.
The release further added that in addition, 37 MW Solar power plant in Port Blair and 1 MW each in Neil & Havelock are in final stages and will be completed by December end. In this regard 5 MW & 10 MW DG power plant has already been commissioned which makes the total capacity of A&N Islands stand at 43 MW to handle peak demand of 38 MW which makes A&N Islands power surplus for the first time in the history. Moreover the focus of Administration is to move away from fossil fuel power to green and clean energy.