Discusses Potentials of Future Projects and Places Burning Issues of Islanders before LG

Port Blair, Oct. 13: The Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Mr. Kuldeep Rai Sharma today called on the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) and discussed burning issues of the islanders apart from discussing the ongoing projects in the Islands.

During the meeting with the Lt. Governor, the Member of Parliament demanded filling up all vacant posts in Andaman & Nicobar Administration immediately, restricting it to only local candidates.

The Member of Parliament also demanded to commence the Flat Bay water project, which has the potential to solve the water crisis, often witnessed in Islands. According to the MP, keeping the future in mind and considering the expected boom in tourist-footfall after completion of the Airport Terminal Building of Port Blair, it is necessary to plan availability of sufficient water for Islanders as well as visiting tourists. He said that the Rutland water project can fulfill the water requirements of Islanders, while the Flat Bay water project has potential to meet the water requirement for our growing Tourism Industry.

The MP also demanded construction of Bridge between Minnie Bay and Mitha Khadi. He explained the bridge if constructed will not only bring an economic boom in the South Andaman region but will also bring more prosperity for Tourism Industry, besides making life easy for Islanders. The bridge will minimize the distance between Port Blair and Jirkatang by nearly 12-15 KM and reduce the time to reach Jirktang by half, he said.

He also placed the demand of starting International Flights from Port Blair, which will bring foreign tourists to the Islands and give a tremendous economic boost to Andaman’s Tourism Industry. The International flight once commenced, will also create thousands of new job opportunities for Island youths, the MP added.