Blockade at Dhanikhari over poor road conditions

Port Blair
11 Sep 2018

The Andaman Nicobar Pradesh Congress Committee along with other political parties organised a dharna and road blockade at Dhanikhadi junction on Tuesday to invite the attention of the administration towards the dilapidated and unsafe condition of the road from Sippighat  junction  to Dhanikhadi junction. A large number of residents from the nearby villages and supporters of the party participated in the dharna. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kuldeep Rai Sharma, president, PCC said that the Andaman Trunk Road which is main support system for transportation of men and material  has turned into   a major annoyance   for the people of South Andaman and Middle & North Andaman districts.  He said commuting in the ATR recently notified as National Highway - 4  has become a matter of “great inconvenience”  in everyday life of the islanders.  Mr Kuldeep further  said  that the dilapidated condition of the road with huge potholes  on almost entire stretch of ATR give tough time to the commuters, while bumpy rides on the road  leads to bad driving experience even resulting in accidents.  For local residents the condition of the road  is  a continuous pain and it effects  people from all walks of life.  Due to bad condition of the road  the patients, students and elders are the worst suffers.   The dilapidated condition of the road coupled    with ever increasing high cost of fuel has  increased the running  and maintenance cost of vehicles moving on  ATR.  The tourists travelling on ATR carry bad impression and experience back home.
The PCC president said that  even after  approaching the Administration and the concerned authorities  innumerable  number of times  and being unheard,  the congress party  is  forced to stage     this road blockade &   dharna   to invite the attention of Administration, the NHIDCL    for  immediate  maintenance and repair of ATR .The dharna was also addressed by Smti Shanta Singh, Mr Mohd. Safique, Mr Subir Chander, Smti Sahay  Mary, Mr N.N. Nag,  and many others  cutting across the  political boundaries. All the speakers in their address highlighted the difficulties being faced by the villagers due to the worst condition of the NH-4 (ATR) and demanded immediate action for the repair and maintenance of the existing road. Sensing  the gravity of the situation,  the contractor from the mainland M/s. Jandu Construction Company who has been awarded with the work of overlay of  Road from Mithakadi junction to Shippighat junction assured in writing to make  the road in  motorable condition  within 10 days  with  over  laying of road to  be taken up  immediately.  On   the basis of assurance given by the contractor in the presence of  officers of the Administration,  the dharna and road blockage was called off.    The Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman has also  called for a meeting  with PRI members of the Mithakhadi, Sippighat, Humfrygunj and the adjoining areas to  resolved  the issue in presence of the NHIDCL and the contractor.