Port Blair, April 10: Dr. B. Srikant, IPS, Superintendent of Police, Nicobar District passed away today at 9.15 am at Bishop John Richardson Hospital, Car Nicobar due to cardiac arrest, while on duty. He was 49.

Dr. Srikant was a 2005 batch IPS Officer. He joined the Pondicherry Police service on 15/02/1990 and inducted in IPS in the year 2005 and presently was holding the charge of Superintendent Police (District), Nicobar from May 2012. He served more than 23 years service in Police Department at various posts including a stint in Intelligence Bureau and was appreciated for his outstanding professional competence.

The sudden and untimely death of Dr. Srikant has been mourned by the Director General, and all ranks of the A & N Police.  

With his death, the Police department has lost a sincere and devoted officer. We convey our heartfelt condolences to his wife and his son and the members of the bereaved family. We pray to the Almighty to give them the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss, said the DGP (i/c) in a communication.

The District Administration, Nicobars has also mourned the sad and sudden demise of Dr. B. Srikanth, IPS, Superintendent of Police, Nicobar District.  

The untimely death of the Superintendent of Police has also come as a shock to the members of the Tribal Council. In a message the Chairman, Members of Tribal Council and Nicobarese community, Car Nicobar conveyed its shock and grief to hear the sudden and unfortunate demise of Dr. B. Srikant, IPS, Superintendent of Police, Nicobars district. He was a great friend and reformer to the youth of Nicobarese as well as the tribal community. We will always remember his role in giving moral support and un-conditional help to the whole community. We hope that Almighty God will give courage to the bereaved family to bear this such a great loss. Time can only heal itself. Hope his soul rest in peace, said the Chairman, TC in a communication.

Meanwhile the Member of Parliament Shri. Bishnu Pada Ray has mourned the sad and sudden demise of Dr. B. Srikanth, IPS, Superintendent of Police, Nicobar District Shri. Ray expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed to the Almighty for his rest in peace.

The PCC President Kuldeep Rai Sharma and all leaders of the Party have also mourned the untimely demise of Shri B Srikant, IPS, Supdt. of Police, Nicobar District who left for heavenly abode today. The Party prays for the eternal peace to the departed soul and strength to his family members.

Port Blair, April 9: The Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray has questioned the A&N Administration for irregularities in implementing various schemes of the Govt. of India, also for a biased approach and for disobeying the orders passed by the Prime Minister of India.

Addressing a press conference at MP Bhawan today, the Member of Parliament said that he had raised the issue of Unorganised Sector Workers Social Security Act, 2008 which is not being implemented in the islands. In response the A&N Administration had said that it would be implemented in the islands in 2013-14. To my surprise, he said that the Administration in hurry has declared that the rules have been implemented in North & Middle Andaman. It is surprising to note that no Smart Cards have been issued to any of the members and moreover the scheme has not been implemented in the South Andaman district. The Smart Cards is meant to reduce corruption, he said.

On the issue of PBMC which ordered demolition of a building at Aberdeen Bazar, mentioning it has violated the Building Bye Laws, the MP said the Municipal Board was formed in the year 1980 and the said bye laws was issued in 1989. If one considers the Bye Laws, 90% of the buildings inside Port Blair city are illegally constructed. These buildings include Raj Niwas and the MP Bhawan too. Even the defence buildings are constructed without considering the bye laws of the Municipal Council. As per records, 306 buildings inside Port Blair city have been constructed without Plan Approval and 174 buildings have violated the said Building Bye Laws of the PBMC. In such a situation, when the buildings are being constructed, are the authorities sleeping to wake up after the construction is over, asked the MP.

Naming few other buildings such as KN Singh’s Building at Prem Nagar and Hotel Blair for which notices had been issued on 5.12.2007 and 29.02.2000, the MP asked the concerned authorities whether any action has been taken against them.

Regarding the compensation being given to the tsunami victims, Bishnu asked whether it is being followed as per the Prime Minister’s Order dated 15th June 2011 wherein the PM had mentioned about alternate land or monetary compensation as per the existing market rates.

Recently the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman had ordered removal of encroachment in selected pockets. To this Bishnu commented that it is a political drama as no encroachments would be removed ultimately. If the Administration is so keen on removal of encroachments, they should first check the encroachments attached to Raj Niwas.

The Prime Minister of India had also issued orders to consult with the local MP regarding plans to combat threats from China on 30th Sept. 2011 and also to consult the local MP before implementing the Island Protection Zone. I am surprised that the Administration and the Administrator seem to be above the Prime Minister and have decided not to obey his orders, Bishnu remarked.

Regarding opening up of Andaman Trunk Road, the Member of Parliament said it is again to attain political mileage as the Administration itself in it affidavit had mentioned that the road be allowed open till 2015 when an alternate sea route would be put in place.

Raising the issue of Viper Island lease, Bishnu Pada Ray said, the Administration and the Home Minister are fooling the Govt. in the name of tourism development and employment generation. I will be moving a privilege motion in the parliament soon against the Home Minister. Necessary correspondence for the same has been done today, added the MP.

Port Blair, April 8: The Principal Secretary (Power) A&N Administration today in a press note issued said that the Electricity Department has tried to minimize the impact of this shortage due to shutting down of another 10 MW capacity DG sets by M/s Suryachakra Power Corporation Pvt. Ltd. Bambooflat as they could not undertake timely overhauling of their DG Sets.

Consequently, Board examinations have been completed without a single minute of power cut, for which the department has expressed its gratitude to the general public for their cooperation and for economizing their electricity consumption during February - March, 2013. It was further informed that a 5 MW Solar Power Plant at Garacharma was commissioned on 30.3.2013 and is delivering about 3 MW which can save Diesel in day time and fully meet daytime peak, without any interruption.

M/s Sudhir Ready are under contract to supply 10 MW, however they are supplying 13 MW on our request to tide over the present crisis. Also, M/s New Bharat Engineering Company with 5 MW Power Generation, due to some fund constraint could only supply 2.3 MW power during the entire past 12 months, and has totally shut down on 8.2.2013. However, Administration with the approval of Hon'ble Lt. Governor has advanced sufficient Lube Oil to them to deliver 2.5 MW for continued power supply.

“We expect that in any case, no power cuts would be needed after about a fortnight as the existing supply from Chatham Power house will be increased from 7 MW to 9 MW and another 1 MW at Phoenix Bay Power House by mid-May 2013”, stated the Pr. Secretary.

As regards payment of dues of M/s Suryachakra Power Corporation Pvt. Ltd, the Administration is waiting for the final orders of JERC on the completed cost and fund tie-up fixation, and it would be premature to comment as certain matters are subjudice, he said.

General Public has been requested to continue to help this Administration by using power economically, and stop indiscriminate use of energy-intensive equipments as was done in last 48 hrs. With this, we can contain the evening peak and totally avoid power shut down even by 45 minutes as was anticipated on 6th April, 2013.