Line Departments should work in synergy with APWD for the timely completion of the developmental works:  DC-Ankit Yadav 

Diglipur, Sept. 17: Engineers from different sections and Departments have reiterated their commitment for the Development of the North Andaman District. In the Engineers’ Day District’s function organized at the Auditorium of new APWD Guest House at Diglipur, the Deputy Commissioner of the Middle & North Andaman District Shri Ankit yadav was the Chief Guest. Addressing the gathering of Engineers, turned up from different sectors including the Construction Division of APWD Diglipur, he said that Engineering is a resilient profession, where the Engineer has to find out the best possible solution for the problem. He needs to devise many algorithms to pick the best one in public interest, making the best use of the available resources. Shri Ankit Yadav said the District Administration will continue its role of the facilitator to the APWD to carry out the developmental works in the interest of the rural people of this rural region. Stressing upon the timely completion of the projects, he called upon the line departments to work in cohesion with good coordination in realizing the dreams of the common man.

The Chief Guest later felicitated the Junior Engineer-Mechanical of APWD, Shri Zubair Ali with this year’s Best Engineer’s award for his outstanding contribution. Congratulating the Engineers, the Guest of Honour, the Divisional Forest Officer, Shri Shiv Shakti B said that the Islands which we see today, is because of the hard work of the Engineers. Citing the Example of the Chandrayan-3 he said, the tireless efforts and dedication of the Engineers have created history when India became the first country to make a soft landing on the South Pole of the Moon.

Echoing the same words, the Assistant Commissioner Shri Aditya Kumar Asthana said the perseverance of the Scientists and Engineers enabled them to write a successful story of Chandrayan-3. It has been the untiring efforts of the Engineering Professionals, that country has achieved significant economic growth.  The Infrastructure created along the borders of the country are giving the sense of security to the people and we have shown our mettle to the world and our Engineers would definitely bring glory to the country by transforming it into a super power soon in the coming future, the optimistic AC Diglipur said.

In his address the Panchayat Samity Pramukh Shri Dipankar Mistry said that the Engineers are doing noble work like Lord ‘Viswakarma’ and the Society will remain grateful to them. He had special words for the school children for the sensitivity shown for the profession in their speeches, and hoped that they would stick to the ethics of the profession when they would opt Engineering as their career in future. Sharing his experience, the Pradhan of the Subhashgram Panchayat Shri P.R. Singaram said that it was a very challenging time 40 years ago in Diglipur, and the APWD had converted the dream of Road connectivity into reality. The Engineers had kept on working relentlessly amidst difficult climatic and geographical conditions and connected the people of remote villages to the mainstream by constructing roads. Suggesting the Engineers from mainland to exchange and share views with the local ones he said the Geographical make of the soil of the Islands is different from the one which we see in mainland and we need to adopt the technology which is compatible with these conditions here.

Earlier, while mentioning the achievements, the Executive Engineer of CD Diglipur, Shri D.R.R. Sidappa said that construction division of APWD has come into existence way back in 1978 and since then it has written many success stories of development in this area, which, being an Engineer he feels proud to share. The Kalpong Dam is a masterpiece project which has been rendering its services in catering to the needs of the people for power and drinking water for more than 20 years in this vast region. He informed that the proposal for the construction of another Dam at a different location is under consideration and the work will start once it is approved. Talking about the constraints he said the construction agency has to largely depend upon mainland resources when it comes to the construction materials and repair of the machines. An entrepreneur from the construction Agency Kaba Infra Ltd, Shri Baljit Singh PM too spoke about the constraints being faced while working in these islands but he expressed his determination to accomplish it whichever task they are being assigned.

Students of 7 different local schools spoke about the life and achievements of the legendary Engineer and Bharat Ratna awardee Sir M. Visvesvaraya. The winners of the Painting and Elocution competitions conducted on the occasion of the Engineers’ Day, were given prizes. Ms Shakila Jalal anchored the entire proceedings of the programme and Ms Puja Baroi proposed the vote of thanks.

A large number of serving engineers, Head of the offices of different departments and school students attended the Engineers’ Day function.