Report by: 
Port Blair
27 Dec 2017

City’s 4-lane road project to be complete by May 2018
Installation of concrete median strips in the city’s first four-lane road project has added to the aesthetics of the stretch from Bhatu Basti to INS Utkrosh. The construction agency which bagged the project has begun installation of concrete dividers on the arterial road and presently the dividers have been installed on the stretch from Bhatu Basti to Dollygunj. According to reports, the road expansion work from INS Utkrosh gate to Bhatu Basti from the present two-lane to four-lane road, being executed under the supervision of Executive Engineer of APWD, Mr Linga Raju, is expected to be complete by May 2018.  “Work for road expansion project has been accelerated soon after rains subsided and the city’s first ‘Four- Lane Road’ project is expected to be completed by May 2018. Drainage work on the stretch has been completed and stone aggregates stocked at the site for the project. Works relating to cleaning, measurement and markings are being carried out simultaneously. The project, after completion, will provide huge respite for motorists from congestion experienced in the city during peak hours and curb mishaps on the arterial stretch,” informed an APWD official.

Historic Clock Tower calls for attention
Despite renovation and painting works carried out by the civic body earlier this year, medley of political and commercial posters and bills continue to defile the city’s historical monument – Clock Tower at Aberdeen Bazar. The callous approach of the authorities in the local administration towards proper conservation of the structure is also evident from the fact that all the four timepieces installed in the structure presently display different time. Serious endeavour is required to preserve the city’s landmark structure, which is an attraction for visitors and islanders who treasure the heritage associated with the monument. The Clock Tower at Aberdeen Bazar was constructed in memory of the Victory 1914-1920 and the Glorious Dead including members of the Military Police Force namely Captain EB Fancett, former Assistant Commandant, Subedar Muzammal Khan, Naik Mangat Chand, Lance Naik Ali Sher and Sepoy Ferjee who fell in action.