Bambooflat Bandh against erratic power supply, poor roads

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
25 Sep 2017

A dawn-to-dusk bandh was observed by traders in different parts of Ferrargunj tehsil on Monday to protest the failure of the local administration to provide uninterrupted power supply and ensure repair and maintenance of road network in rural pockets of the South Andaman region. Normal activities were affected in the region as shopkeepers kept their shutters closed to vent their ire against the administration.
The bandh call given by Shop Owners Association of Bambooflat I and II, Shopkeepers Association of Wimberlygunj and Shop Owners of Ferrargunj was reportedly supported by other organizations in the area. Speaking to EOI, Mr. Sahadevan, general secretary of Shop Owners Association of Bambooflat claimed that the bandh was successful and all commercial establishments in the area remained closed from 5 am to 5 pm barring Medical Shops and Bakeries, which were allowed to open at 12 noon in view of public requirements.
Mr K Hamza, president of Shop Owners Association of Bambooflat, said that the protest was held to invite the attention of the authorities towards countless problems being faced by traders and general public in South Andaman. “Unrelenting power-cut is taking a toll on businessmen here who faced huge losses in the past few months due to frequent and long hour blackouts. The deplorable road network in Bambooflat and adjoining areas has become a scourge for villagers here. However, the APWD has failed to embark on remedial measures in the interest of the general public. Among others, we demand interrupted power supply in rural areas of South Andaman, installation of separate transformer in Bambooflat Jetty area, repairs of damaged roads, construction of culvert and drainage at Jetty area, issue of instructions to concerned Panchayat to contain stray cattle menace in their respective areas, development of parking spaces,” he said adding that such protests will continue if the demands are not met soon.