Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Efforts on by Administration to overcome water scarcity due to deficient rains


  • Water transported from Rutland to Phongibalu through water barge
  • Transshipment of water from Hut Bay to Port Blair through DSS vessel
  • Tender floated for laying of submarine pipeline between Rutland & Phongibalu
  • General public urged to adopt water conservation measures

 Port Blair, Apr 15: Due to high deficit of North-East monsoon rains, Hon’ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands had issued directions to APWD to review the water availability and supply position and take necessary measures for sustaining water supply till the arrival of next monsoon. Accordingly, APWD reviewed the availability of water supply from various sources including Dhanikhari Dam which is the main water source for Port Blair and surrounding areas. The storage level of water in all the reservoirs and sources, have drastically declined due to poor rainfall during the period from December, 2019 to till date. The rainfall data of the previous years is given below:
                                                           (Rainfall in millimetres)
Year

2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
2019-20
December

478
219
189
0
January

96
88
195
0
February

0
0
0
0
March

37
25
15
0
April
(upto 14th April)


35

115

0

0
Total rainfall from Dec to April (in mm)

646
447
399
0
Water level in Dhanikhari dam (in metres) as on 14th April)

58.27
56.33
59.94
52.27
Dead storage level of Dhanikhari dam is 48 metre
& water cannot be drawn below 48 metres
    While the total rainfall during the period 1st December to 14th April, in the last 3 years (2016-17 to 2018-19) was between 399 mm to 646 mm, there was virtually no rainfall at all from December, 2019 onwards, on account of which the reservoirs could not get recharged to their optimum level.
    Taking the rainfall of previous months into consideration and factoring in the availability of water in the reservoirs, once in three day supply was made from 1st March, 2020 and later, once in 4 day supply was started in PBMC and other areas from 8th April, 2020, with a view to conserve water and sustain the supply till the arrival of next monsoon in last week of May, 2020.
    The Administration is also augmenting the water supply by transporting  water from Rutland to Phongibalu, through water barge. Presently, one barge of 200 tonnes (2 lakh litre) capacity is making 4 trips in a day and transports about 800 tonnes (8 lakh litres) of water to Phongibalu, which is then pumped to Dhanikhari dam through an already existing pipeline. In another few days, a second barge will be deployed, which will help to transport an additional 8 lakh litres of water every day for distribution to urban and rural areas.
    In addition, water is also being transported from Hut Bay to Port Blair through DSS vessel M.V. Campbell Bay, which has a capacity of 500 tonnes (5 lakh litres). The first consignment of 500 tonnes of water by M.V.Campbell Bay reached Port Blair on 14/04/2020 and the PBMC water tankers are distributing the water to various locations within municipal area as required.  Trips of MV Campbell Bay would be regularly planned to fetch water from Hut Bay, to supplement the water supply position in Port Blair.
    In order to augment the water sources in rural areas, the MP along with team of officials consisting of DC, South Andaman and CE(APWD) visited Ferrargunj Tehsil of South Andaman on 26/02/2020 and suggested construction of check weirs in the nallahs in Herbatabad, Sona Pahar, Ograbraj, Namunaghar etc. for which estimates are under preparation by APWD. Development of these water sources will improve the water availability in these rural villages.
    The laying of submarine pipeline between Rutland and Phongibalu and the commissioning of Rutland Water Supply scheme will help to overcome the water scarcity problems due to deficient rains, as is being faced now.  In this regard, tender floated by APWD for laying of submarine pipeline between Rutland and Phongibalu has evoked good response and the tenders are under evaluation.
    While the Administration is making all the required efforts to augment the water sources and sustain the water supply to the residents, the general public have also been requested to use the water judiciously and adopt water conservation measures to tide over the present water crisis, a press release says.

Extension of nationwide lockdown till May 3; Centre notifies Revised Consolidated Guidelines


Travel, operation of educational institutions, hospitality services, social events, and religious congregations suspended

Port Blair, Apr 15
    The Prime Minister, in his address to the Nation on April 14, 2020, declared that the lockdown in India will have to be extended till May 3, 2020, with a view to arrest the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
    The Prime Minister also declared that select necessary activities will be allowed to be opened up from April 20, 2020, in identified areas of the country.  
    In pursuance of the announcements of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order dated April 14, 2020, extending the lockdown in India till May 3, 2020.  Further, MHA issued another Order, dated April 15, 2020, to allow select additional activities in areas not demarcated as containment zones by States/ UTs/ District Administrations. 
    Along with the Order dated April 15, 2020, consolidated revised guidelines have been issued, delineating the prohibited activities across the country, activities allowed in containment zones, and select permitted activities allowed from April 20, 2020 in the rest of the country.
    The objective of the revised guidelines is to consolidate the gains achieved during the 1st phase of lockdown and further slowdown the spread of COVID-19 and at the same time provide relief to farmers and labour and daily wage earners.
  • ·         The activities prohibited across the country include travel by air, rail and road; operation of educational and training institutions; industrial and commercial activities; hospitality services; all cinema halls, shopping complexes, theatres, etc.; all social, political and other events; and opening of all religious places/ places of worship for members of public, including religious congregations.
  • ·         There are certain national guidelines like mandatory homemade face covers at work places and in public places, strong hygiene and health care measures like provision of sanitizers, staggered shifts, access control, thermal screening and imposing fines for spitting etc. penalties will be imposed for violation.
  • ·         The activities permitted under the revised guidelines, from April 20, 2020 will not be allowed within the containment zones as demarcated by States/ UTs/ District Administrations as per the guidelines of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHF&W). In these zones, no unchecked inward/ outward movement of population would be allowed, except for maintaining essential services, i.e., medical emergencies and law & order duties, and government business continuity.  
  • ·         Very strong containment measures will be implemented in the hotspot districts accounting for large number of COVID-19 cases or with fast growth of cases. Detailed guidelines on delineation of containment zones and containment measures have also been issued. Only essential services are to be permitted in these zones and strict perimeter control and strict restrictions on movement enforced. These hotspots are under 3 km perimeter from residence of confirmed case and are being enforced in Atlanta Point, Mohanpura Masjid area and Biggi Line area. Moreover, the District Administration of South Andaman has notified 7 km perimeter from residence of confirmed case which would also remain under strict surveillance. This will more or less include PBMC area and nearby peripheral areas of Port Blair.
  • ·         The permitted activities from April 20, 2020 are aimed at ensuring that agricultural and related activities remain fully functional; the rural economy functions with maximum efficiency; employment opportunities are created for daily wage earners and other members of the labour force; select industrial activities are allowed to resume their operations, with adequate safeguards and mandatory standard operating protocols (SOPs); and the digital economy. At the same time, keeping the imperative of containing the spread of COVID-19 in the country, National Directives for COVID-19 management have been laid down, which shall be enforced by the District Magistrates through fines and penal action as prescribed in the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
  • ·         Transportation of goods will be permitted without any distinction of essential or non-essential.
  • ·         Farming operations, including procurement of agricultural products, agriculture marketing direct and decentralized marketing, manufacture, distribution and retail of fertilizers, pesticides and seeds; activities of marine and inland fisheries; animal husbandry activities, including the supply chain of milk, milk products, poultry and live-stock farming are allowed to be functional.  
  • ·         To provide an impetus to the rural economy, industries operating in rural areas, including food processing industries; construction of roads, irrigation projects, buildings and industrial projects in rural areas; works under MNREGA, with priority to irrigation and water conservation works; and operation of rural Common Service Centres (CSCs) have all been allowed.  These activities will create job opportunities for rural labor, including the migrant labor force.
  • ·         Manufacturing and other industrial establishments with access control have been permitted industrial estates after implementation of SOP for social distancing.  Manufacture of essential goods and packaging are also allowed. It is expected that the industrial and manufacturing sectors will see a revival with these measures, and will create job opportunities while maintaining safety protocols and social distancing.  At the same time, the important components of the financial sector, e.g., RBI, banks, ATMs, insurance companies will also remain functional, with a view to provide enough liquidity and credit support to the industrial sectors.
  • ·         Digital economy is critical to the services sector and is important. Accordingly, e-commerce operations, distance learning through Doordarshan, All India Radio and cable TV are all permitted activities now.  
  • ·         The revised guidelines also permit all health services and the social sector to remain functional; public utilities to function without any hindrance; the supply chain of essential goods to operate without any hindrance.
  • ·         The guidelines provide that the UT Administration may impose stricter measures than the guidelines as per requirement of the local areas from time to time.


Alternative learning platform for school students of A&N Islands

DD Port Blair to telecast contents throughout the Islands
Students urged to take maximum benefit

Port Blair, Apr 15
In order to facilitate the students with learning activity during the lockdown period the Directorate of Education has initiated an alternative method to provide learning contents to the students of Class VIII to XII at their home through local Doordarshan channel and cable network.
Doordarshan (Port Blair) channel will telecast the contents throughout the Islands from 20.04.2020 onwards at 5.15 pm to 6.15 pm on all days (except Saturdays and Sundays).
The contents will be telecast in South Andaman Urban and Rural areas upto Jirkatang from 16.04.2020 onwards in CITY PLUS – Channel No. – 705 from 10 am to 12 Noon with a repeat telecast from 6 pm to 8 pm (except Sundays). The classes for the Primary and Upper Primary students from Class I to VII will be included in the meantime.
Days
Broadcast through Local Cable TV (CITY PLUS – Channel No. 705)
For South Andaman urban and rural area upto Jirkatang
(Timings: 10 AM to 12 Noon)
Class – VIII
Class – IX
Telecast
10.00 AM to 10.30 AM
10.30 AM to 11.00 AM
11.00 AM to 11.30 AM
11.30 AM to 12.00 Noon
16.04.2020
English
Social Science
Mathematics
Science
17.04.2020
Mathematics
Science
English
Social Science
18.04.2020
Social Science
English
Science
Mathematics
20.04.2020
Science
Mathematics
Social Science
English
21.04.2020
English
Social Science
Mathematics
Science
22.04.2020
Mathematics
Science
English
Social Science
23.04.2020
Social Science
English
Science
Mathematics
24.04.2020
Science
Mathematics
Social Science
English
25.04.2020
English
Social Science
Mathematics
Science
27.04.2020
Mathematics
Science
English
Social Science
28.04.2020
Social Science
English
Science
Mathematics
29.04.2020
Science
Mathematics
Social Science
English
30.04.2020
English
Social Science
Mathematics
Science
Repeat
Telecast
06.00 PM to 06.30 PM
06.30 PM to 07.00 PM
07.00 PM to 07.30 PM
07.30 PM to 08.00 PM

Days
Broadcast through Doordarshan available in all Islands
(Timing: 5.15p.m. to 6.15 p.m.)
Class – X
Class – XII

05.15 PM to 05.45 PM
05.45 PM to 06.15 PM
20.04.2020
English
Physics
21.04.2020
Mathematics
English
22.04.2020
Social Science
Accountancy
23.04.2020
Science
Geography
24.04.2020
English
Chemistry
27.04.2020
Mathematics
Economics
28.04.2020
Social Science
Mathematics
29.04.2020
Science
Business Studies
30.04.2020
Mathematics
Biology

The details of timing of telecast of educational contents in others zones is given below:-
Name of area
Date
From
To
Class
From
Channel No.
Diglipur
16.04.2020
10.00 AM
11.00 AM
X & XII
X – Social Science
XII - English
Active Cable Network Channel -1
03.00 AM
04.00 AM
XII (Sci.) – Chemistry
XII - English
Mayabunder
17.04.2020
03.00 PM
05.00 PM
X & XII
X – Maths, XII – Political Science
SAI Ram Cable Network, Channel - 8
Rangat
17.04.2020
03.00 PM
05.00 PM
X & XII
X – English, Social Science
XII - English
Happy Home Satellite Network
Channel -92
Hutbay
16.04.2020
10.00 AM
12.00 Noon
VIII, IX, X and XII
VIII – Science, IX – English, X – Maths, XII - Chemistry
Shreya Electronics (NXT Digital) Little Andaman Channel no. 130
Campbell Bay
16.04.2020
07.15 PM
08.15 PM
X & XII & XII
XII – Maths, Economics
Local Cable Network
Channel No. – S - 03
Note: The schedule for next day’s telecast will be scrolled in the channel during the session.
The students, parents and all stakeholders have been appealed to make use of this facility to the maximum extent for the benefit of enhancing teaching-learning activity during this lockdown period. Parents have also been requested to engage their wards to compulsorily attend the virtual classes as per the schedule and feel free to contact the teachers in the given mobile number for any clarification of the content at later stage.