Havelock’s Petrol Bunk to boost tourism: LG

1 Jun 2017

It was a momentous occasion for the residents of Havelock, as the new ANIIDCO Petrol Retail Outlet at Havelock No.6 was inaugurated by the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi here this morning. The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Mr Anindo Majumdar, Executive Director, IOC, Mr Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra, ZPSA, Adhyaksh, Mr Jaydeep Kumar Dey, Pramukh, Havelock, Apurba Chandra Roy, Senior Officers from A&N Administration, IOC and ANIIDCO, ZPSA Members, PRIs and a good number of residents of Havelock were present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, soon after unveiling the plaque, marking the inauguration of the new ANIIDCO Petrol Retail Outlet, the Lt. Governor said the inauguration of ANIIDCO Petrol retail outlet marks an important occasion for the residents of Havelock. He said, with its inauguration, the problem of procurement of petrol and diesel at higher prices will be solved, as people can now buy petrol and diesel at the same price that is prevailing at Port Blair. This new retail outlet will benefit the people of Havelock Island as the prices of petrol and diesel will come down as per the existing rate, he added. The Lt. Governor further stated that this initiative is a step in the right direction, which will benefit both, the residents as well as visiting tourists, who hire private vehicles for sightseeing, as hiring charges of the vehicle might come down.
Lauding ANIIDCO Chairman, Mr Anindo Majumdar, MD, ANIIDCO,  Smti Ankita Mishra Bundela, IOC Executive Director, Mr Ranjan Mohapatara, Officials of APWD and the A&N Administration for the timely completion of this project, the Lt Governor said, the concerted efforts mounted from all quarters truly deserves appreciation. He also stated that ANIIDCO has been catering to the needs of the Islanders by providing petrol, diesel to every part of the Islands with the support of IOC. This ANIIDCO Petrol retail outlet has a storage capacity of 20000 ltrs. of petrol and diesel each. The Lt. Governor said, since 1990, ANIIDCO has been striving hard to ensure the supply of petroleum products like petrol, diesel and lubricants at various places of A&N Islands. It had set up a petrol pump at Junglighat as dealer of IOC. In the year 1994-95, the Corporation took over petroleum, Oil, Lubricants (POL) storage facility at Rangat, Mayabunder, Diglipur and Little Andaman catering to the needs of mainly Govt. Departments. At present, ANIIDCO is engaged in the operation of 4 IOC Retail Outlets at Junglighat, Mayabunder, Diglipur and Hut Bay and 6 Consumer Pumps at Rangat, R.K Pur, Katchal, Teressa, Kamorta and Campbell Bay. The Lt. Governor expressed hope that Havelock being a tourism hub of the Island with hundreds and thousands of tourists visiting this place daily, the new retail outlet will play a pivotal role in development of Havelock in a big way besides boosting of tourism.