Sunday, May 10, 2020

Water scarcity hits the islanders hard; Administration struggles to provide water once in 5 days

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, May 6: The acute scarcity of water has already started affecting Port Blair city and the South Andaman District. With the dam water being all time low, Port Blair Municipal Council had already curtailed the water supply to once in four days. Within few days after the curtailment, further curtailment was done by the Council restricting the supply for once in five days that too for mere 15 minutes, without announcing it in public. At some places it is seen supplying water through PBMC tankers also which forces people to wander for water with buckets and drums amid COVID-19. 
Since then the situation has started worsening and water is being collected from inter-islands in boats or ships and by using tankers pour into water tanks to supply to the general public. Some islanders says, 'at least through this experience, the administration may realize that the need of the hour is water in the South Andaman and works related to water projects could also complete timely in the spirit'.
With the predicted low pressure over Bay of Bengal not attracting sufficient showers in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the situation seems to be worsening. Last minute rush to clean up existing wells inside Port Blair city is being noticed now and the Andaman Administration seems puzzled on how to address the issue.
Few years ago the height of the Dhanikhari Dam was increased to five meters and it was announced then that the water scarcity in the islands has been resolved for the next 25 years. Sadly the islanders knew well that the announcement was only to console as no concrete plans were ever made and executed timely.
The project of transporting water from Rut Land Island to Dhanikhari Dam through undersea pipeline was half done and the RO plants to convert salt water to sweet water which was donated and installed after the tsunami of 2004 was never maintained.
There were also few sensible proposals by the Member of Parliament, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma to execute the Flat Bay project and other such proposals, but it was never heard by the concerned authorities.
In the absence of executing proper and timely remedial measures by the Andaman Administration, people of Andaman Islands now wait for the monsoon showers, which has been the only relief since ages for the islanders. 

Citizens' Corner 07/08/2020

* Chanakya says, 'However, difficult may be the tasks, proper effort endowed with suitable device can always accomplish it. A ruler should be use six devices (like Sama, Dama Danda Bheda, Upeksha and indrajal) to accomplish tasks as the case may be. In personality also one has to first ascertain about the means of accomplishment and then start doing it'. Will our ruler apply these devices on those, who are behind the failure tasks of crores worth?

* Govt. has opened some outlets ANIIDCO wine shop to generate its economy. But citizens related to business are struggling to generate their economy, because of the lengthy process i.e. one need to go GB Pant Hospital by walk from wherever and whatever far their house may be to get health certificate, after screening and doctor's certification on medical slip at GB Pant Hospital. Finally, at Tehsildar office issued Movement Permit to the owners of various business establishments in city. Is there no other way to make ease to business people to resume their economy, instead of harassment?

* The guidelines issued by authority are changing every other day. We are getting updates through the available electronic media AIR, and plans for the next day accordingly. But, when we visit to concern office to follow, we are being forced to run pillar to post to get whatever work to be done. Of course the DC is doing well with the motto to prevent gathering of people, but last minute changes are causing inconvenient to the people.