Thursday, December 27, 2018

TMI Editorial: 27/12/2018

Situation demands 31st night policing

One of the challenging night is on the way for police department i.e. 31st night of December 2018. One may do the party arrangements, including storing varieties of narcotics and usual liquor to welcome New Year 2019 will be a priority for them.
The habitual rash driving/riding spree drivers/riders of two, three, four wheelers are mostly use to be at their peak during such these occasions, moreover, the smooth and shiny roads may excite them to fly. Of course everyone who undertaking a road journey, the risk of a fatal accident has been rising steadily, but these times will be on its peak.
This is a public health emergency that requires immediate action. One of the most productive measures to bring down accidents is zero tolerance enforcement. Strong policing reduces the risk for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and two-wheeler riders, who must be compelled to wear helmets.
The recent fatal accidents in the lean season and increasing average deaths @2 per day in the A&N Islands is demands strict vigilance by the police.

ANIIDCO to Setup Petrol Pump at Baratana and Kadamtala

Port Blair, Dec 26: There is a long pending demand of residents of Baratang for opening of Petrol outlet by ANIIDCO at Baratang and the PRI members of Baratang had also taken up the matter with Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands. The A & N Administration and ANIIDCO have decided to set up a Petroleum Retail Outlet of IOCL at Baratang as well as Kadamtala.
The A&N Administration has recently allotted land to ANIIDCO at Baratang for the said purpose. Further, the available land with ANIIDCO at Uttara village shall be used for setting of a Petroleum Retail outlet at Kadamtala.
Keeping in view the convenience of commuters, both the Petroleum Retail Outlet Sites falling on National Highways will be developed with a Petrol Pump and Wayside Amenities like Toilets, Chilled drinking water. Free air filling, Refreshment corner, ATM, First Aid and Parking facility etc.
ANIIDCO has already taken up the matter for award of Retail outlet dealership with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and it is expected that the project will be completed within the Calendar Year 2019, a communication from MD, ANIIDCO said.

RFQ floated for three Tourism projects under PPP mode at Long, Aves and Smith Islands in A&N Islands




Port Blair, Dec 26: The Andaman & Nicobar Administration has floated Request for Qualification (RFQ) inviting proposals from the potential developers for the Tourism Resort Projects at Long Island (Lalaji Bay), Smith Island and at Aves Island. These projects have been steered by the Island Development Agency (IDA) with the support of NITI Aayog.
There will be substantial boost to the economy of these Islands in following way:
1) About 500 crores rupees will be invested in the Islands through these Public Partnership Projects in the Tourism Sector. Investments will be made primarily by the private developers and the A&N Administration will be providing support infrastructure; .
2) There will be paradigm shift in the profile in the hospitality industry in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. There not being even a single Star rated Hotel/Resort in these Islands, within the year 2018, One five Star Resort has already become operational at Havelock. Further RFQ have been issued for two more Five Star and one Four Star resorts in these Islands and contract for the same will be awarded very soon.
3) Minimum 60 % direct employment generation would be available to local youths only. Further manifold indirect employment opportunities will be opened up by way of Water Sports activities linked with these projects, Tour operators, Taxi Services and other allied services.

Police Station Campbell Bay adjudged as the second best Police Station in India


Port Blair, Dec 26: The Police Station Campbell Bay under the Nicobar District has been adjudged as the second best Police Stations in the entire Country and its SHO, Inspr Vishal Ram has been awarded with the shield by the Hon'ble Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh during the DPGs/IGPs conference held at Kevadiya, Gujarat on 20/12/2018.
The award is the result of continuous endeavor and planned efforts of Ms Shalini Singh, IGP under the resolute leadership of the present Director General of Police, Shri Depender Pathak. The Police Station is located far away from the Headquarters and continuously confronting various challenges associated therein. In spite of these challenges the PS & its staff has been dedicating best of their services to the local population which also includes Shompen Tribes. Various proactive actions and special community oriented policing efforts in addition to welfare measures for the staff by the Police department for the last one year in a planned approach has led to this award of being adjudged one of the top three police stations in India. This award is a matter of great pride for the entire Andaman & Nicobar Police and the citizens of these Islands.
All this has been possible because of the sincere efforts of Inspr Vishal Ram, SHO PS Campbell Bay under the supervision & guidance of Shri Manoj C, Superintendent of Police, Nicobar District. They have been instrumental in achieving this rare foot which is first such instance of any Police Station in our Islands being adjudged among one of the best in the Country.

MoRT&H & MoE&FC takes action on MP's pursue for Repair & Up gradation of NH-4 and construction of Middle Strait Creek Bridge

Port Blair, Dec 26: Upon efforts of MP Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, the Ministry of Environment & Forest has accorded CRZA clearance of Middle Strait Creek Bridge. Consequent upon that the NHIDCL is now ready to give appointment to M/s Vasista Mantena (JV) on 28.12.2018 to start the work for construction of Middle Strait Creek Bridge between 106.590 KMs to 107.762 KMs awarded to at a cost Rs.170.40 Crores.
In pursuant to another demand of M.P. for up-gradation of NH-4 for the stretch of 181.00 kms to 206.00kms between Rangat and Kadamtala for total 25 kilometers length, the NHIDCL, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has issued the Letter of Award (LOA) of the work to M/s Garg Sons Estate Promotors Pvt. Ltd, Chandigarh at a cost of Rs.54.00 Crores on 28.11.2018. The Contractor, now in process of mobilization of heavy machineries at work site for under taking the construction work which to be completed within one year from the date of award of work.
In the matter of repair of existing dilapidated roads of NH-4 particularly the stretch of road from Farrargunj to Jirkatang, Baratang area, Kadamtala area, Kausalyanagar area and Diglipur Stadium area, the NHIDCL has taken the issue seriously and earmarked an amount of Rs.10.00 Crores to make above area of NH-4 for trafficable/ vehicle worthy by the local contractors within 30.12.2018, a press release from MP Office said here today.

MP Calls on LG to apprise the grievances related to PST/ Craft Instructor recruitment


Port Blair, Dec 26: The Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray along with applicants for recruitment to post of Primary School Teacher (PSTs) / Craft Instructor under Directorate of Education, A&N Administration called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency on Dec 24, 2018 at Raj Niwas.
Hon'ble Lt Governor assured about commitment of Administration towards early filling up of vacancies in the Administration after thorough examination of all aspects in conformity with extant rules. He emphasised that the CTET exams were conducted and age-relaxation to applicants was considered. Also, 2 members have been included in the Directorate of Education Committee which will look into all the grievances and no such post will be filled up in Education Department till decision on Committee's recommendations.