Mayabunder girdled by woes, one on top of another

Report by: 
KURMA RAO
Mayabunder
20 Jan 2019

There seems to be no end to problems being faced by residents in the headquarter region of North and Middle Andaman, Mayabunder. Firstly, it is recurring shortage of LPG refills that is literally making consumers scamper from pillar to post. Despite being the headquarter of the district, the basic LPG cylinder problem seems to have become as old as its history, with no systematic or time bound supply of the household necessity. People here are so much in jitters about the erratic supply of LPG, that once news of cylinder supply at places like Billyground or Betapur is heard, they leave all work and rush by any means so that they can get hold of a cylinder for their next meal.
Second is deficient services at Dr RP Hospital at Mayabunder. Shortage of medicines and basic constituents remains a major concern for patients at the hospital in the district.  Despite having a dedicated Dental Unit, the District Hospital reportedly lacks articles required for even basic dental care like root canal treatment forcing patients to travel all the way to Port Blair burning holes in their pockets.
“LPG refills have not reached consumers here for the past two months. Consumers are fuming over recurring disruption in supply of LPG cylinders that has forced household to turn to firewood and kerosene to keep their kitchen fires burning. Erratic supply has become the main grouse of the customers here. Anger among consumers is gradually reaching its peak and a massive outburst is likely in this region. Drawbacks at Dr RP Hospital have also started drawing flak for the Health Department. Shortage of even basic components in the Dental Unit is surprising. For a minor root canal treatment, one has to travel around 240 kilometers to port Blair. The top brass of the UT administration and issue appropriate instructions to the concerned authorities to alleviate the problems of the rural population here,” said some residents of Rangat.
Meanwhile, former Pramukh of Mayabunder, Mr Abdul Siddique has take up the issue of LPG crisis with the Civil Supplies Department at Mayabunder. In a letter, Mr Siddique urged the department to ensure deployment of at least 4 to 5 trucks at a time so that adequate numbers of LPG refills are supplied to consumers in the region. He also requested the Director of Health Services to take appropriate steps so that stock of basic components are made available for the Dental Unit of Dr RP Hospital.