Euphoria at MB after launch of maiden Fuel Station

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KURMA RAO
Mayabunder
3 Mar 2017

No more trouble for the residents of the headquarter region of the North and Middle Andaman region in refuelling their vehicles! The Andaman and Nicobar Islands Integrated Development Corporation formally launched its maiden Retail Fuel Outlet at Lataw village on Friday. The Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Mr Anindo inaugurated the facility in the presence of the Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray. The Deputy Commissioner of North and Middle Andaman, Mr Arava Gopi Krishna, Adhyaksh, N&M Zilla Parishad, Saw Tathu, Superintendent of Police, North and Middle Andaman, Mr Ingit Pratap Singh, MD, ANIIDCO, Smt Ankita Mishra Bundela, IOC officials, Heads of government agencies and a massive gathering of villagers attended the function.
Lauding ANIIDCO for timely completion of the project after missing initial deadlines, the Chief Secretary stressed upon Swachha Bharat Abhiyan and urged the officers and PRI members to work with each other with coordination for the overall development of the North & Middle Andaman District especially in the tourism sector. He refuelled a vehicle himself after the inauguration of the Fuel Station.
In his address, the Member of Parliament apprised the status of various on-going government projects being implemented like bridge from Gandhighat to Uttara, undersea OFC, opening of Milk Collection Centres at various locations by ANIIDCO. He also informed that all the fishermen will be provided licence for storing petroleum products for their dinghies/boats which can be obtained from IOC directly.
Earlier, the Assistant Commissioner (HQ), Mayabunder welcomed the gathering. The Company Secretary-cum- General Manager (Admn.), ANIIDCO proposed the vote of thanks.
The first month of 2017 is set to bring massive respite for the residents of the headquarter region of the North and Middle Andaman region. According to reports, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Integrated Development Corporation (ANIIDCO) is likely launch the Petrol Fuelling Station at Mayabunder on the 23rd of this January and minor pending works are being executed on a fast pace. The current Adhyaksh of Zilla Parishad, North and Middle Andaman, Saw Tathu is being credited the most for realising the most cherished dream for a Petrol Pump in the region. Sources say that Saw Tathu, since being elected as Zilla Parishad member and Adhyaksh last year, has been continuously raising the demand at available platforms following which the administration ordered fast-track of the project.
EOI had earlier reported how residents of Mayabunder and adjoining areas were suffering due to lack of a Fuel Station in the headquarter region despite years of formation of the North and Middle Andaman District. Devoid of the facility, thousands of residents were forced to pay extra money for their fuel requirements from local petrol/diesel vendors, which ranged between Rs 9-10/- per liter for petrol and Rs 6-7/- per liter for diesel. Agencies accelerated efforts following the news report and the Fuel Station began trial operations in the month of January this year.