C/Bay ‘Chakka Jam’ cripples life, agitation to continue

Report by: 
BALRAM SINGH
CAMPBELL BAY
6 Jul 2017

Hundreds of residents of the Great Nicobar region mainly daily commuters from remote pockets, students and patients faced problems as protestors held a `Chakka Jam` in the jetty bazaar area pressing for various demands. The entire region was closed for traffic as agitators held the road in siege pressing for their demands. The blockade, supported by the PRI members of the area, shop and auto unions etc, reportedly turned violent in the evening hours after protestors burnt tyres shouting slogans against the UT administration alleging neglect. The agitation was reportedly called off after 6.30 pm, but is likely to continue tomorrow.
Speaking to this Correspondent, an elected PRI member from the region said that the Great Nicobar region has been suffering apathy of the administration for the past several years. “The remote residents here are deprived of even the basic amenities. Repeated pleas to the authorities for redressal of the issues have proved futile. After numerous failed efforts, we’re now left with no other option but to stage Chakka Jam to press for demands. The agitation was called off today after an assurance was received from the Shipping Department to provide regular services to Campbell Bay. But the protest will continue tomorrow till top officials of the administration reach Campbell Bay, listen to our grievance and assure remedial measures with a specific period,” asserted the PRI member. 
Major among other demands of the protestors include regular passenger ship and cargo ship services to Campbell Bay, uninterrupted power supply, dependable cellular and internet connectivity, direct cargo ship services from Kamorta for supply of perishable goods, regular LPG supply, adequate petrol and diesel stock and specialist medical services with surgical facility at the health centre.