Port Blair, Mar. 3: Indian Coast Guard Ship Bhikhaiji Cama in a swift operation successfully nabbed 06 Myanmarese poachers on a Thai Boat alongwith 500 Kg sea cucumber, 100 Kg Fish and 40 shells near Kondul Island during early hours of 01 Mar 13.  The Ship under the command of       Commandant Sanjay Negi, in a brilliantly executed operation involving hot pursuit for 02 hrs in the pitch dark night successfully captured poachers. 

The alert officer of the watch along with vigilant bridge team of ICGS Bhikhaiji Cama on surveillance mission in Southern Group of Islands observed an unlit contact at Radar 10 Nm North West of Great Nicobar Island moving suspiciously at around 0230 hrs on 28 Feb 13.  The ship staff immediately moved to higher state of readiness and proceeded to investigate.  On being challenged by fast approaching Coast Guard Ship, poacher’s boat increased their speed and commenced running to shallow waters.   The strong winds, darkness and proximity from shallow waters were assisting poachers in evading CG ship.  However, the ship tactically maneuvered to block the escape routes of poacher’s boat while maintaining navigational safety.  Despite repeated calls made by the ship staff utilizing loud hailers directing them to stop, the poachers did not stop their boat.  Finally, warning shots were fired by the ships marksmen compelling poachers to surrender. 

The apprehended boat along with 06 Myanmarese poachers were escorted to Campbell Bay and handed over to local police for further legal action.  A communiqué received from the office of the Chief Operations Officer of the Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (A&N).

Port Blair, Mar. 3: The Lt Governor has sanctioned one lakh seventy five thousand rupees from LG’s Relief Fund for the treatment of two patients in mainland. One lakh rupees has been sanctioned to Master M. Yogesh, aged 3 years, S/o Shri M. Srinivasan, who is suffering from ‘Cyanotic CHD’ and seventy five thousand rupees to Kumari Nikita Dhali, aged 8 years, D/o  Shri Kangsha Dhali.

Kumari Nikita met with a traffic accident as a result of which she had sustained fracture of shaft of left femur and fracture left neck of Condyle and fracture Rt. body of Mandible. As she required surgical fixation of (L) Fumur and Rt Mandible, she has been referred to mainland for further treatment.

Master M. Yogesh is the resident of Lamba Line, Ranchi Basti, Port Blair and Shri B.P. Ray, Member of Parliament had requested for sanctioning the ex-gratia relief to Master Yogesh. Kumari Nikita Dhali is the resident of Badmashpahar, South Andaman and the Pradhan, Gram Panchayat, Chouldhari had requested for grant of relief to Kumari Nikita Dhali.

Port Blair, Mar. 3: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, has approved creation of Water & Sanitation Circle in the Andaman Public Works Department (APWD), the premier construction agency of the A&N Administration. The creation of a dedicated Water & Sanitation Circle in APWD will be headed by a Superintendent Engineer. There will be four Executive Engineers and a total of 160 new posts will be created. The posts include 27 AEs, 35 JEs including 56 clerical cadre. This will help in augmenting the drinking water supply and for providing treated water in various remote and dispersed habitations of the A&N Islands and will simultaneously generate additional employment opportunities.

Since the population of the A&N Islands is growing rapidly and the demand for water is increasing manifold, there is a greater need for concentrating on supplying demand based water and its quality. The objectives of the dedicated Water & Sanitation Circle will be to take control of all the existing sources/water works installation, distribution of water for urban, water treatment plants and all downstream activities related to water supply including land, to update database of all the existing sources, water works installation etc, to prepare master plan for drinking water for Port Blair town and adjourning urban areas, to take up studies for indications of sources, their viability/feasibility studies preparation of detail project report etc. for rural areas, augmentation of distribution system so as to achieve 24/7 system of distribution, realization of tariff from consumers/users, rationalization of tariff and revision of tariff from time to time in order to make the water supply system sustainable, conduct quality checks and quality measures for ensuring safe drinking water to every resident of the urban/rural areas, implementation of various water supply schemes as per the Master Plan for Port Blair urban and other rural areas,  to prepare rules/regulation related to water supply and sanitation, administer day to day affairs, enforce rules, prepare budget, revenue collection, auditing of accounts and preparing of balance sheet adopting commercial accounting system etc, to implement underground sewerage system for Port Blair town, its running and maintenance and expansion (as and when required) and to have interface with urban local body, Panchayati Raj Institutions, communities, NGOs, departments in the matter of water supply and sanitation and to take steps for conversation of water and improvement of sanitation of Port Blair urban areas for protection of fragile ecosystem of A&N Islands.

Apart from this, a sewerage system for the Port Blair town areas at present and other areas in future is also proposed to be developed. Detailed project reports have already been prepared for laying of sewerage lines with treatment plant and other facilities in Port Blair Municipal Council. A dedicated circle will facilitate fast implementation of the project and will ensure adhering to the quality parameters as per norms.