Thursday, December 13, 2018

Transport Department issues its Zero Tolerance note after fatal road accident in city

Port Blair, Dec 12: A fatal accident took place on 11.12.2018 involving the Stage Carriage Bus bearing registration No. AN 01A 2112 which resulted in the death of an innocent road user Imam Abdul Rashid (54), resident of Phoenix Bay, while coming on his scooter from Dairy Farm with his wife pillion riding when a private bus 'Dinesh Transport' hit them from behind. Imam was crushed under the wheels and died on the spot at Junglighat.
The Deputy Director (Admn.), Transport in its press note, said, “such incidents not only result in the loss of life but inflict an unforgettable grief to the family of the deceased. It is high time that stringent actions are taken against the irresponsible Bus Operators and crew members. Transport Department is committed towards zero tolerance towards such accidents due to rash & negligent driving and violation of traffic rules & norms. In order to give a clear and firm message to the irresponsible Bus Operators/ crew members & the violators of traffic norms/ rules, the following immediate actions have been taken by the Transport Department:
1. The Drivers has been disqualified from holding a driving license and driving the motor vehicles of any class for a period of one year w.e.f 12.12.2018.
2. The Stage Carriage Permit of the Bus bearing registration No. AN 01 A 2112 has been suspended for a period of one year.
3.  Action has been initiated for cancellation of the permit of the Stage Carriage Bus bearing registration No. AN 01A 2112.
4. The Department is examining the possibility to cancel all the route permits of the concerned owner.
All the Owners/ Operators of the Motor Vehicles especially the Stage Carriage Buses are hereby advised to show a sense of responsibility towards the other road users. Strict actions shall be taken by the Administration for any such kind of violations”.

CITIZENS’ CORNER : 13/12/2018

➤Shocking election results in states. Due to lack of understanding Modi vision or lack of patience among public or may be other reasons, the Congress leads BJP in maximum states. But, in our Islands in a view, instead of genuine islanders', recent foreign immigrants' are seen more blessed with various schemes and islanders' pleas left pending. So, it becomes a necessity to changeover in parliamentarian chair of A&N Islands this time, whatever!

➤We observe, here are two never changing things in these Islands, one mobile networks and other is Electricity Power. Despite of many launchings and mechanism installations in both sectors, don't know whether it is seasonal effect or engineering defect, but people still far from the satisfactory amenity.

Admn. to implement RCS-Udan in isles; bidding in progress

Port Blair, Dec 12: In a major initiative to provide affordable air- connectivity in the Inter-Island Sector, the A&N Administration has decided to provide additional incentives to the airline operators, under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) - UDAN to encourage them to introduce flights on the Inter-Island Sector. The additional incentives include 30% extra Viability Gap Funding for the flights under RCS Scheme. Further, the Administration has also agreed to take responsibility for all the seats in fixed wing aircraft (including Sea Plane) upto 20 seats, while the original scheme provide only for 50% seats.
Presently the bidding process for the selection of airline operator under the RCS- UDAN scheme is going on and it is expected that the additional incentives offered by the A&N Administration will attract the Airlines to provide air-connectivity between various Islands very soon. After finalisation of the bidding process, the proposed fare under the RCS-UDAN Scheme will be less than the existing fare of the helicopter services and will be equal for both Islanders and non-Islanders.  The comparison of the fares is as under:-

Administration to reimburse the VAT component on Aviation Turbine Fuel

Port Blair, Dec.12: In an another initiative to increase frequency of flights and have more competitive/ lower air-fare on the Island-Mainland Sector, the A&N Administration has decided to reimburse the VAT component on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) paid on those incremental flights (over and above existing number of flights), which are introduced on Port Blair Sector during the period upto 31st March 2019. This will be applicable from prospective effect. The re-imbursement of VAT component on the incremental flights will encourage the Airlines to introduce additional flights on the Island-Mainland Sector which will facilitate more competitive/ low air-fare on the sector.
A suitable mechanism for reimbursement of the VAT component to the airline operator is being devised by the Commissioner, VAT, A&N Administration.

CITIZENS' CORNER : 06/12/2018

➤PM's visit to Islands alters the specific routes and spots with shine. Islanders wish him to visit different spots in the A&N Islands ones in a month for 4 hours, in an average, within 2 years the A&N Islands will be developed fully infrastructurally in automatic mode.

➤Shady spots in city turning ‘Addas’ for drug addicts and anti-social elements. Police PCR vehicles found deployed at some spots in broad day light but disappears in the dark nights. Is it hints 'Let them enjoy'?

➤There are still potholed roads in city, waiting for repair or maintenance. But, departments are busy in over-shining the shiny roads in VVIP’s route.