Thursday, January 30, 2020

Remarkable reduction in the number of AIDS patients in Islands ; Awareness is prevention: Dr. M. Joy

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Jan 29: The Andaman & Nicobar AIDS Control Society in coordination with various departments and education institutions in the A&N Islands have achieved a decrease in number of AIDS cases in A&N Islands. Last year i.e. in 2018-19, 28 patients and during this financial year 2019-20, 19 cases so far were reported, which is a remarkable decrease in number of cases in the A&N Islands.
During an interaction with Dr. M. Joy, Project Director, ANACS and Director, A&N State Blood Transfusion Council, have revealed about the current status of HIV/ AIDS in the A&N Islands.
Dr. M. Joy said that, "the world medical science did not find any antidote for complete cure of the HIV/ AIDS till now, but made advancement in medicines which can give more life to patients, currently. Accordingly, when the virus "Human Immunodeficiency Viruses (HIV)" was first detected in persons, their life expectation was 5 years, then. But, now the patients can live upto 30 years, if medicines are taken strictly as per advice of the doctors/ counselors without fail".
"In our experience, we have observed that, the affected persons are seen neglecting to take medicines as they don't face any a difficulty during medicinal course, but consequently the virus will weak the immune system of the body and silently claps the health internally. Hence, the patients should strictly follow the advice of counselors", Dr. M. Joy added.
Dr. M. Joy further said that, "we are having about 13 counselors in A&N Islands and continuously conducting awareness camps under Adolescent Education Programme in schools, and from the past 3 years in coordination with Red Ribbon Club (RRC) we are also made a platform in all the colleges to discuss freely to create more awareness among generations. Since, there is no other alternative solution is available to prevent the disease i.e. 'AIDS'. And as per our survey, the age groups between 25 to 45 years are affected mostly. The HIV virus can only be spread through blood and body flood related transmission. The ANACS have also arranged camps for free distribution of condoms at various sites. Awareness is the only solution to prevent or control HIV/ AIDS".
However, beside the efforts of ANACS, the citizens opine that, about 80% of adolescents / youngsters are attracted towards drugs (alcohol, ganja and other substitutes), sexual abuse and profanity, etc. Hence, in our education system there should be append a moral class in all schools in India as well as A&N Islands for students of primary to secondary level to mold their mind in the right direction for a better scope of our future generation.

State level workshop on ParikshaParv 2.0 by UTCPC held

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Jan 29: The Andaman and Nicobar State UT Committee for Protection of Child Right in association with the National Commission held a State level workshop on Jan 24, 2020. Smt. Rubina Siddique was the chief on the occasion, while Mr. Tarang Kumar Dhali, Chairman of the State Committee graced the occasion as the guest of honor. Dr. Nitlesh, Psychiatrist, Dr. Kavita Sanmugam, Psychiatrist and Swami Shudhananda Saraswati of Chinmaya Mission were present on the occasion, and spoke in detail about the mentality of students before exams and how to control their stress.
In the workshop, speakers highlighted about how the teachers' role is important to mould the children after their parents. The coordination between parents and teachers will make our children tomorrow's good citizens.
The seminar was organized for Principals and teachers of various schools across the island. Speakers on the occasion spoke about the need to motivate students to pursue studies as also sports, but not to get depressed in case of failure. "An environmentally friendly atmosphere needs to be developed for students to enable them learn and grow as responsible citizens of this country. Stress-free atmosphere should be made available for students in our schools," they said. 

School Leadership Development Prog. (SLDP) for Principal/ Vice Principal/ Head Master (S)

Port Blair, Jan 29: In order to build leadership capacity for transformation of schools into effective centres of delivering quality education, a capacity building programme for Principal / Vice Principal / Head Master (S) under School Leadership Development Programme (SLDP) is being conducted by the Department of Education under Samagra Shiksha in the conference hall of State Library through the Resource persons of Tamil Nadu State Council for Educational Research and Training (TNSCERT).
The training programme was inaugurated by Smt. Kriti Garg, Secretary (Edn) today, in which altogether 50 heads of Secondary/Sr. Secondary level schools across the Islands are participating. Shri Kamlesh Kumar, Director (Edn), Deputy Director Education, State Project Officer and Principal SIE were present on the occasion.
Addressing the function, the Secretary emphasized the importance of capacity building for efficient management and administration of schools. She stated that learning is a continuing process and the processes of change make it necessary for every head of institution to acquire new skills and update oneself knowledge as per the need of hour. She conveyed her heartfelt thanks to the key resource persons, Dr. Shameem, Deputy Director TNSCERT Chennai, Dr. Selvam, Principal DIET, Salem and Dr. Srinivasan, Principal DIET, Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu for coming to the Islands and imparting valuable training programme to the Heads of Institutions of these Islands.
Speaking on the occasion, the Director of Education requested the participants to utilize the programme and equip themselves with efficient methods of school management, leadership quality and innovative teaching techniques. He also urged them to undergo exhaustive training sessions on CCS rules, powers and functions of DDO and Samagra Shiksha for improving their efficiency and work output.

LG, others pay tributes to Netaji on his birth anniversary

Port Blair, Jan 29: Rich tributes were paid to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary on Jan 23. The Lt. Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) led the Islanders in paying tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, by offering flower petals at his statue at Marina Park here this morning. The Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Chetan B. Sanghi, Adhyaksh ZPSA, Shri Subir Chander, Chairperson PBMC, Shri NK Udhaya Kumar, DGP, Shri Dependra Pathak other senior officers of the Administration, eminent citizens and general public also paid floral tributes to Netaji on the occasion.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Is anybody cares for how vegetable grows in isles'? Citizens fears of slow poison

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Jan 22: Farmers use pesticides to keep pests from ruining their fruits and vegetables. The goal is to harm only the targeted pest including insects, rodents, weeds, bacteria, mold and fungus, but pesticides can also harm the environment and the people who are exposed to them and who consume the produce as well. But, business is business with modern quote "everything is fair in war and business". The pesticides spray or injections used to make vegetables growth faster in the islands has became a cause of concern among citizens.
Some gardening lovers who are somehow frequently visits vast vegetable gardens allege that, "We have observed the surrounding plants were died and soil became lifeless at the vast gardens by uncontrolled application of pesticides which can also contaminate soil and may kill other non-target organisms. Pesticides can damage soil biomass and microorganism such as bacteria, fungi, and earthworms".
However, several studies have examined the link between pesticides and various health issues, including:
Cancer: Numerous studies have investigated links between pesticides and types of cancer. Research has found links between some pesticide exposure and childhood leukemia, brain cancer, and lymphoma, as well as associations with breast cancer. Studies have investigated links between pesticides and prostate, pancreas and liver cancer, as well as increased risk of melanoma.
Neurodevelopmental issues: Pesticide exposure prenatally and in children has been investigated as a source of behavioral problems, neurodevelopmental delays and impaired motor skills.
Hormone disruption: Some chemicals in pesticides can disrupt chemicals such as estrogens, thyroid and androgens, which may impact reproduction and fertility.
Neurological: Farmers exposed to certain pesticides have a 70 percent higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease.
Skin, eye and lung issues: Like other chemicals, pesticides can result in irritation for some people depending on how much they are exposed.
"The Agriculture department in the A&N Islands is required to check and keep on track of pesticides being used by farmers in our islands to makes sure that all pesticides used on food meet strict safety standards and limits for the amount of pesticides that can remain on food by taking into account a number of factors including each pesticide's level of toxicity, how much of it is applied and how often. This way, not only the consumers, but farmers can also break away from health hazards by the pesticides", says citizens.

Missing child found safely

Port Blair, Jan 22: On Jan 21, 2020 at 01 pm, information was received at PS Aberdeen through PCR that a two year old child is missing from Prem Nagar near Uma Bakery. Immediately, a Police team swung into action. After extensive search & efforts of the team, the minor boy was recovered from a drain opposite to Hotel TSG Emerald, Phoenix Bay and immediately evacuated to GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair.
On enquiry, it was revealed that the father had dropped his kid and wife to his brother's house at Prem Nagar. The minor boy while playing in front of his house, entered in a drain which led towards Phoenix Bay but nobody noticed the same. Meanwhile, a large number of people gathered with presumption about the rumors of child lifter in the town but the swift action of police once again proved that no such incident is apparently occurring in the city and quelled the rumors.
The general public is  requested to not indulge themselves in such rumors and further requested to pass on information with Police in case of any suspicious activities to 100 / 112 & 03192-233077.

3rd edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha watched live

Admiral D K Joshi, Hon’ble Lt. Governor, A & N Islands and Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, and students of the Islands watched on live link the 3rd edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha interaction programme by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi ji for school children held at Talkatora stadium today (20.01.2020) on how they can beat exam stress.
The Education Department, A&N Administration also organized the live screening of the programme at TGCE auditorium, Middle Point. The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice Chairman Islands Development Agency, Admiral DK Joshi, the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Chetan B. Sanghi, Secretary (Education & Sports), Ms. Kriti Garg, senior officers of the Administration and large number of students witnessed the programme.

Hon’ble Vice President of India during four day visit to A&N Islands


Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu and his spouse Smti. Usha Naidu during a visit to A&N Islands were extended a very warm welcome by Admiral D K Joshi, Hon’ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency and Smt. Chitra Joshi, Hon’ble First Lady of the Islands at Raj Niwas on 16.01.2020. Mementos were exchanged.


The Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu visited the historic location at South Point here. In a Face book Post, Shri Naidu wrote.
“Visited the historic location at South Point in Port Blair where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose hoisted the Tricolor on 30th December 1943 for the first time and declared the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as the first Indian Territory to be freed from British Raj.
I am delighted that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had commemorated the 75th year of the first hoisting of the Tricolour on the Indian soil by Netaji and had unfurled the Tricolour on a 150-feet high Flag mast.
I appreciate the UT Administration for developing a beautiful Sea Promenade, which has a wall depicting ‘Jai Hind’, granite pillars paying tributes to unknown soldiers and depicting ‘Jai Hind!’ in 14 Indian languages, a wall depicting its history and  a huge depiction of the year ‘1943’. I am happy that the project was undertaken under the Smart City mission. I also compliment the Port Blair Municipal Council for having facilitated its completion in a record time of 45 days.”

Port Blair, Jan 17: The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu flagged off 10 Air Conditioned buses for the benefit of the city dwellers. The newly flagged off 21-seater high quality Air Conditioned buses have been procured by the Transport Department, A&N Administration, to increase the comfort and ambience of public transport buses for the people of these Islands.
With this service, the commuters get an upgraded public transport at a reasonable fare. These buses are equipped with GPS based vehicle tracking, passenger information system, which announces and displays all the stations from the inside panel. Moreover, these buses have security cameras and panic button inside the saloon for the safety of passengers.

He also visited the Veer Savarkar Cell and Central Tower of the Cellular Jail. This was followed by a visit to the Gallery, depicting old photographs of Andamans. The Vice President also visited Photo Gallery & Exhibition Gallery, where he witnessed the photographs of the freedom fighters.
In the visitor’s book, the Vice President wrote “M. Venkaiah Naidu visited Cellular Jail along with children and grand children. The History is preserved here and it is worth visiting for every Indian child (Youth). You get so much inspiration. Well maintained and need to preserve it for future”.
Thereafter, the Vice President witnessed the Sound & Light show in the Cellular Jail and also visited the Veer Savarkar Park adjacent to the Cellular Jail.

Port Blair, Jan 17: The Vice-President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the Nature Park and Interpretation Centre (NPIC) at Haddo. He was accompanied by Admiral D K Joshi, Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency. The Vice President unveiled a plaque to inaugurate the NPIC. The Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Chetan B. Sanghi, DGP, Shri Dependra Pathak, PCCF (E&F), Shri Tarun Coomar, PCCF (WL) Shri D M Shukla and other senior officers of the Administration were present on the occasion.
The Vice President visited the Butterfly Conservatory and released some butterflies in the Conservatory. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have around 300 species of butterflies, out of which 207 are endemic to the region. Water bodies with inter-connecting channels have been added in the conservatory to provide the much required moist and airy micro climate for the butterflies to thrive.
Shri Naidu also visited the Orchids and Ferns House in the Nature Park and Interpretation Centre, which showcases the habitat of the tropical orchids. So far about 140 species of orchids and an equal number of ferns have been reported from the Andaman Islands. They include tree-ferns, whose origin can be traced back to the Jurassic era. Vanilla, used in confectionaries is also sourced from an orchid species found in these Islands. The Vice President also planted a Rudraaksh sapling there.
At the Nature Park, the Vice President also appreciated a wooden sculpture of a mother and child, made out of the trunk of a single Andaman Padauk tree. The sculpture represents nature as a mother, who lovingly nurtures all her creation. A tribal woman has been depicted as the mother, as a mark of deep respect to the tribal people of Andaman, who are revered as the protectors of the Islands.
The Vice President also visited the Tree Top Cafeteria, where he was briefed about the Nature Park and Interpretation Centre and its objective by the PCCF (WL).

Port Blair, Jan 22: The Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu on Jan 17, 2020 suggested the inclusion of the life stories of Veer Savarkar and other heroes of the freedom struggle from different parts of the country, in school textbooks. Participating in a Civic Reception hosted in his honor by the Port Blair Municipal Council (PBMC), he said that the historical role of the Cellular Jail in Andaman in the freedom movement should also form part of History textbooks. He also urged all Members of Parliament, MLAs and MLCs from across the country to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Cellular Jail.
Recalling his visit to the Cellular Jail the previous day, Shri Naidu described it as a pilgrimage to a sacred temple. Decrying the attempts to create divisive tendencies among the people, he said that unity is the need of the hour. Pointing out that our freedom was hard won, he urged all citizens to draw inspiration from the story of India's struggle for independence and from the countless sacrifices made by our freedom fighters and strive to reinforce the unity and integrity of this nation.
Earlier in the day, the Vice President inaugurated the Nature Park and Interpretation Centre at Haddo in Port Blair. He released butterflies and went around the butterfly conservatory at the Park.
He also flagged off AC buses. The Vice President complimented the Andaman & Nicobar Administration for the initiative and said that it would provide sustainable mobility solutions and help in keeping the Islands clean and green.
Praising the Administration for banning the use of single-use-plastics and for implementing the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in letter and spirit, Shri Naidu said that these initiatives including the increase in renewable energy capacity would promote sustainable development in the Islands.
Expressing his concern about the vulnerability of the Islands to climate change, the Vice President said that India was playing a leadership role in promoting renewable energy, especially solar energy through initiatives like the International Solar Alliance.
Highlighting the role of connectivity in development, the Vice President expressed confidence that submarine Optical Fibre cable connectivity that is set to be operational by June 2020 would transform the development of the Islands. "Four routes in the Islands have been included in UDAN for regional connectivity and International air travel is expected to be operational from Port Blair this year", he added.
Launching the project for the replacement of traditional electricity meters with smart meters, Shri Naidu termed it as a pro-poor move. The Vice President said that smart meters will increase the ease of bill payment and eliminate the possibility of incorrect billing. He added that paperless billing with smart meters would also help the environment by saving the trees. He also laid the foundation stones for Feacal Sludge Treatment Plant, Marine Esplanade and Neighborhood Park, by pressing the remote control.
Earlier, the Vice President visited a photo gallery and exhibition put up by the Port Blair Municipal Council on 'Sanitation and Solid waste management'. The gallery showcased the best practices of the PBMC in the arena of sanitation and solid waste management, such as the use of 10 percent plastic in road construction and the restoration of traditional Japanese wells under the Jal Shakti Abhiyan.
In his address on the occasion, Lt. Governor, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) at the outset welcomed the Vice President on behalf of the A&N Administration and the Islanders. He mentioned that through the Island Development Agency, two transformational projects have been inaugurated during this month. On January 9, the cable laying work of the Optical Fibre Cable Project connecting Port Blair and 7 other Islands started, the foundation of which was laid by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi during his visit to these Islands in December 2018. This historic project, which will be completed by June 2020, will increase speed of data and other public services being provided through digital mode. The bandwidth augmentation will be almost 60 times of the present bandwidth and will indeed give a boost to the economic activities, besides bringing transparency in the public services delivery and also improve skill development. Within two months' time, the Satellite bandwidth will be increased from 3.6 to 4.5 Gbps which will be a major step towards 'Digital India', the Lt. Governor added.
The Lt. Governor said that the first Ship to Ship (STS) Transshipment hub in India at Port Meadow, A&N Islands will commence its operations soon as an agreement in this regard has been executed on Jan 7, 2020 which will be profitable from the first year itself. The agreement has been signed between the Port Management Board with MATSYA Shipping and Ports Private Limited, Kolkata (an Indo-German Joint venture company) and once the operations starts, about 40lakh MT of cargo is expected to be trans-shipped every year. Port Meadow provides an all weather ideal location for off shore STS operations and it lies at an advantageous location to attract cargo emanating from Australia, New Zealand & South East Asia and bound for Ports of East Coast of India, West coast of Myanmar and Bangladesh. The revenue generation through STS operations at Port Meadow, A&N Islands is expected to further increase to 20-40 crores per annum in times to come.
The Lt Governor said these Islands despite geographical challenges are marching forward on the path of progress by way of developing various projects to become a 'New Andamans'.
The Lt. Governor further said that under the agenda of the Island Development Agency and with the support of the NITI Aayog, four big Eco-Tourism projects will be developed on PPP mode for which RFQ application has been invited by Jan. 31, 2020. Under these eco-tourism projects, 60 percent jobs will be made available to the local youth of these Islands.
The Lt. Governor said a Joint Task Force has been constituted to give boost for bringing construction materials from ASEAN Countries. This, the Lt. Governor said will not only bring down the cost of living but accelerate economic development through tourism and business.
The Lt. Governor said that the work to make NH-4 a double lane and the work of the two bridges at Humphrey and Middle Strait are also underway. These projects will reduce the travel time from Diglipur to Port Blair significantly. The execution of these projects is a major effort of the Administration towards infrastructure development in Isles. The Lt. Governor informed about the 6th IDA meeting chaired by the Union Home Minister on Jan 13 in which important decisions were taken on the upcoming projects which will have far reaching impact.
The Lt. Governor said for regional connectivity under 'UDAN Scheme', the Civil Aviation Ministry has started bidding process for four routes. Facility of sea planes will be made available in these Islands for which the Airport Authority of India is developing water aerodromes for its smooth operations.
He said, Consultant has been appointed for the development of two Green Field Airports, one at Port Blair and the other at Campbell Bay. The project report will be submitted by the Consultant within two months. The new airport terminal complex at Port Blair will be completed this year itself. There is also a proposal to upgrade the fleet strength of Pawan Hans Helicopters with new increased passenger capacity helicopters, the Lt Governor said.
The Lt. Governor further informed about the proposed Modern Container Transshipment Port to be set up at South Bay in Great Nicobar Island which will not only contribute towards the socio-economic development of these Islands but also towards the economic growth of the country. The A&N Administration has invited Expression of Interest for the establishment of the Container Transshipment Port under PPP Mode and the process for selecting developers is underway.
The Lt. Governor said that for power generation, the Administration is focusing more on renewable and clean energy power plants and moving towards de-dieselization. The Administration has plans for de-dieselization from current 9% to 93% within three years time for which different energy efficiency projects have been undertaken.
The Lt. Governor mentioned that the Administration is instrumental in executing various transformational projects for these Islands through IDA by which 'New Andamans' can actively contribute towards fulfilling the vision of 'New India'. 
The Lt. Governor also thanked the Vice President for inaugurating and laying foundation stones for different transformational projects for the benefit of the people of these Islands.

The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu visited the Ramakrishna Mission at Port Blair on Jan 18, 2020. He also visited the library of the Mission in the same premises.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Undersea Optical Fibre Cable laying work connecting Chennai- A&N Islands inaugurated

Submarine link will open global gates for tourism & community development of the people of A&N Islands: Union Minister

Submarine cable project will be a boost to Islands’ economy and yield long term dividends for the people: Lt. Governor

          Chennai, Jan 9: The undersea Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) laying work, connecting Chennai to Port Blair and seven Islands has begun with its inauguration by the Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and Information Technology and Law & Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad in the presence of Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice- Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) today at a function held at Hotel Le Royal Meridien, # GST Road, Chennai. The inaugural function was followed by flagging off ceremony in the cable laying ship ‘KT Responder’ harboured at Chennai Port.
     During the function held at Hotel Le Royal Meridien, Chennai, the Union Minister of Communication, Electronics & IT stated that the CANI Project is a milestone in the history of India. A&N Islands is a proud part of India and has blossomed into a truly Mini India with people from all parts of India living cordially and peacefully. Development of Islands through digital tool is a model to emulate, he said. This Govt. reaches the last person through the last mile connectivity which emphasizes and reinforces the faith in the Govt. The challenge or dream of getting the world class medical facilities through this digital initiative will now become the reality for the people of the Islands. This Govt. spans over the sky (satellite) to under the sea (submarine cable). Presently, the communication to A&N Islands is through satellite and with the laying of submarine cable, it would be connected under water/sea with parts of sea depth more than 3 Kms. Traffic handling capacity would increase 4000%. This is the first time such a gigantic exercise is taken up by GoI through BSNL, the Minister said adding that GoI has also approved the submarine cable project for connecting Lakshadweep with Cochin at a cost of Rs.1200 Crores.
     The Minister highlighted the ‘Digital India’ Vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India which would bring power through Technology & Communication to each and every citizen of India at a low/affordable cost. He emphasized on the Hon’ble PM’s vision statement ‘India’s Talent + Information Technology = India’s Tomorrow’ will become closer to reality.
     The Minister further stated that BSNL should complete this Project of national importance well within timeline and serve A&N Islands. These Islands have enormous potential to become the most favourable and attractive destination for the tourists.  The MoC & IT stated that the SMC would enable Aadhaar based digital transaction in A&N Islands. Further, he stated that GoI plans to introduce Financial Inclusion through Post Offices which will witness banks reach every home. Digital economy is expected to contribute to 1 Trillion dollars. He stated that he would be personally very happy to see the people of Andaman & Nicobar Islands strengthen their emotional connect more through this digital connect. This submarine link will open the global gates for tourism and community development of the people of A&N Islands.
      Addressing the gathering, the Lieutenant Governor, A&N Islands said that it is a privilege and an honour to be a part of this event and to witness the commencement of the laying of Chennai-A&N Islands Submarine Optical Fibre Cable. The submarine cable project would multiply the speed and reliability of data and voice telephone facilities manifold in the Islands, resulting in a boost to its economy and life standards. He said, it will greatly improve the services, governance delivery and skill development, besides helping the defence forces immensely. He said, the project would yield long-term dividends for the public.
    The Lt. Governor said though, the internet bandwidth has increased almost three-fold in last two years from 1.233 Gbps (December 2017) to 3.548 Gbps (at present), it has only provided some relief to domestic segment. With completion of the transformational Submarine OFC Project connecting Chennai to Port Blair and seven other Islands with optical fiber link by June 2020, the bandwidth augmentation then will be almost 60 times of the present bandwidth and will indeed give a boost to the economic activity.
     The Lt. Governor said that new devices/innovations have given us more ways to harness the power of connectivity and functionality than we could have imagined and ICTs and digital e-skills are proving engines of inclusion, economic growth and development. Towards this end, the increased bandwidth coupled with projects being implemented by Department of Telecommunications such as BharatNet and BTS covering all uncovered villages, will ensure availability of the Government services to last mile and guarantee service delivery within the stipulated time. He said, the A & N Administration, besides making substantial progress in implementing various core projects for e-governance, has also drawn plans to use robust telecom connectivity for tele-education, tele-medicine, etc., apart from improving the facilities for tourists at important tourist destinations.
      The Lt. Governor further stated that the Tourism and Hospitality industry is a major segment of economy in the A&N Islands, which is blessed with over 92% Green cover. However, tourism alone cannot be sufficient to realize the full economic, strategic and HR potential of these Islands. We are therefore considering select non-polluting niche hi-tech industries such as R&D driven Silicon Carbide Chip Fabrication and IT/Telecom enabled enterprises. He disclosed that preliminary discussion with Industry players including NASSCOM was held and some have shown interest to establish IT firms once redundant connectivity from Andamans with Mainland is established, so that in the event of cable cut, the connectivity with rest of the country and overseas is not disturbed. Once implemented, these transformational projects will further accelerate the economic growth and provide greater employment opportunities.
      The Lt. Governor  thanked the BSNL for their support and urged them to closely associate/ monitor technical aspects of the work being executed at all the nodes, and also ensure that there is no lag between completion of the project and last mile connectivity with the end users of the bandwidth.
    The Lt. Governor also thanked the Government of Tamil Nadu for supporting A & N Administration in not only this endeavour, but also across various sectors to the benefits of residents of the Islands. The Lt. Governor also thanked Ministry of Communications for their continued support to the A&N Administration in overcoming the geographically imposed challenges of remoteness and connectivity and propelling New Andamans onwards for realisation of the New India vision.
      The submarine cables will be initially laid from Chennai to Port Blair, covering a distance of 1,461 kilometres. Afterwards it will be extended to Rangat, Long Island, Swaraj Dweep, Hut Bay, Car Nicobar, Kamorta and Campbell Bay in the Union Territory. The works are expected to be completed by June this year. The cables are of four-fibre pairs, with the capacity to transfer 6.4 tera-bytes of data per second by each fibre-pair. At the initial stage of commissioning of the project itself, the Islands can get a data speed of 400-gigabytes per second.
     Earlier, welcoming the gathering, the CMD, BSNL, Shri Pravin Kumar Purwar stated that the CANI SMCP will provide high speed connectivity to A&N Islands with speed upto 100 times more than the present speed. BSNL is geared up to finish the CANI- SMC Project well within the timeframe. With all help extended from A&N Administration, BSNL has build up the Cable Landing Stations and Beach Man Holes in Chennai and in all the eight Islands of A&N Islands being connected with the submarine cable. Equipment testing has been conducted successfully at Port Blair and Chennai. At Swaraj Dweep, Rangat, Long Island, Hutbay, Car Nicobar, Kamorta and Campbell Bay work is in advanced stage and is scheduled to be completed well within timeline as set by GoI. He further stated that BSNL Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) are the project implementation agency (including operations for 5 years), nominated by DoT/USOF. The turnkey contract has been awarded to M/s NEC Technologies India Ltd.    The CANI-SMC project is being constructed at a total cost of around Rs. 1200 crores, funded by USoF, Govt. of India. The project will play a significant role in bridging the digital divide and for spreading the various e-governance programmes in the Emerald Islands. CMD, BSNL highly appreciated and thanked the Govt. of India for approving such a mega project for A&N Islands and nominating BSNL as the implementing Agency. He stated that the CANI-SMC Project once completed will enormously boost the socio-economic development in the Islands along with enhanced security. The Islanders’ dream to witness/handle internet/data speed at par with that of Mainland India is going to be fulfilled shortly. A&N Islands will see an overall improvement of the entire spectrum of telecom services in the A & N Islands and it will make the entire Union territory of A & N Islands as a smart territory.
     The Director (Enterprise), Shri. B.L. Varshney proposed the vote of thanks.

Salient features:
  • The total link distance is 2250 Kms, with Chennai to Port Blair as 1450 Kms, whereas other 7 segments, its 800 Kms.
  • The total cost of the Project is Rs.1224 Cr (CAPEX Res. 948 Cr. Being funded by USOF + OPEX Rs.276 Cr. To be funded by A&N UT Administration under viability gap funding principle).
  • The Cable System will be maintained by BSNL
  • The bandwidth created under this project will be available to all Telecom Service providers to extend their telecom services to the A&N Islands.
  • The submarine cable will also meet the strategic communication requirement of country’s defence forces.
  • We have constructed 8 new green field building for housing Cable Landing Stations (CLS) in a record time.
  • All equipments in Chennai and Port Blair are installed and at other places work is in advance stage.
  • The ship ‘STRAIDER’ reached in Chennai in November, 2019 for pre layingactivities and the work has been completed between Chennai and A&N Islands.
  • The ship “CS Responder” has already reached at Chennai for commencing the cable laying work at sea bed from 10th Jan 2020.

Water shortage started early Summer 2020?

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Jan 7: Many parts of the city and its suburbs are started facing acute shortage of drinking water early summer this year, despite awareness campaigns about the various water conservation measures during July and August 2019 as part of "Jal Shakthi Abhiyans" in the entire A&N Islands.
However, water starved residents of these areas are having a tough time without bath for days together. The bigger families are facing even tougher situation. Many households are compelled to purchase bottled water for cooking and even taking bath.
The Port Blair Municipal Council Secretary, Mr. Suneel Anchipaka told agencies that he was seized of the situation and all possible steps are being taken to minimize people's difficulties. He named a number of areas where the people are facing severe water scarcity. These include Dairy Farm, Buniyadabad, Junglighat, Goalghar etc.
The PBMC Secretary further said that as one of the measures to tide over the water shortage, multiple water connections will not be given to the applicants during lean season. Anchipaka also urged the public to conserve water. He said that as an immediate step, drinking water will be supplied through tankers.
"We have five water tankers and three more will be hired from private parties for supplying drinking water in different areas during the dry season. At the same time, only raw water will be supplied for other activities such as construction and gardening. People should realize the importance of precious water and try not to waste it," advised the civic body Secretary.