Hanspuri in North Andaman cries for attention

Report by: 
KURMA RAO
Mayabunder
6 Mar 2017

One of the most remotest territories of this archipelago is a sorry tale of  how the human race in today’s era is forced to live without basic amenities. The human settlement at Hanspuri in the North Andaman region till date lacks basic facilities like roads, proper drinking water, power etc, which are considered taken for granted these days. Home to more than 1000 people, Hanspuri has become a glaring example of official apathy. Though the local government has assured respite on more than a couple of occasions, villagers are reportedly in a state of extreme unrest.
According to reports, almost all political parties, during their formal visit to Hanspuri - a settlement of forest workers, assured to address their grievances. But sadly, decades have passed without any action. Speaking to this correspondent, the Panchayat Samity Member of Pahalgaon and Chainpur, Mr Ganesh Prakash, said that Hanspuri villagers have been living in abominable conditions for the past several years. The administration has proposed a road project to Hanspuri which will pass through Bagota. But the execution needs to be expedited in the interest of the villagers. “There are certain clearances which are required to be passed on fast-track. Other facilities like power,  potable water etc should also be provided to the villagers without any glitches. I have been taking up the demands of the villagers of Hanspuri and expect the administration to act promptly,”  he said.
Mr Prakash also demanded early execution of construction of the LPG storage facility at Panighat. “Residents of Mayabunder and its adjoining areas have been suffering from erratic supply of cooking gas refills for a long time. Land has been allotted at Panighat for the storage facility and the local administration should execute the project at the earliest in the interest of the residents here.”