Port Blair, March 25: The Administration endeavours to protect Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) and keep them safe from COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping this in mind, the Administration has taken a number of proactive steps especially restriction of convoy in the Andaman Trunk Road passing through Jarawa reserve to contain spread of COVID-19 infection among the tribes especially Jarawa tribes who are more exposed to non-tribal passing through Andaman Trunk Road (ATR) and fishermen on the west coast.

The Administration has now decided to re-schedule the convoy timing from 29.3.2021 onwards for the ease of general public.

Only Two (02) convoys per day as per the following schedule shall be allowed:-

First Convoy:

Jirkatang to Middle Strait - 0830 Hours

Middle Strait to Jirkatang: 1400 Hrs

Second Convoy:

Jirkatang to Middle Strait - 0630 Hours

Middle Strait to Jirkatang: 1430 Hrs

Maximum 90 vehicles will be allowed in each convoy. The morning convoy comprises of 6 STS buses and 84 other vehicles and the afternoon convoy would include 15 vehicles of NHIDCL and the remaining 75 would be for general purpose. 

All persons availing convoy from Port Blair to North & Middle Andaman District shall undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at PHC Ferrargunj as per the following rates: -

 General Public: Rs. 100/- per head

Driver & one attendant of cargo vehicle: Rs. 100/- per head

Medical patient along with an attendant: Rs. Nil

Govt. servant on official duty: Rs. Nil