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Port Blair
19 Mar 2018

NHIDCL begins road repair works at Bhatu Basti
In a big respite for commuters, the National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) has started repair and development of the national highway stretch at Prothrapur and Bhatu Basti. The agency carried out bitumen laying and other allied works on the stretch, which earlier was marred by massive craters in various places. “Motorists were having a tough time travelling on this stretch which was full of pot-holes and battered at different parts. Repair and development work carried out by the agency has brought huge relief for commuters now and it is expected that the agency will meet the deadline for construction of the ambitious highway project,” said a resident of Bhatu Basti. 

Road signages to guide commuters
Installation of road signages in different parts of the city is drawing praise for the local administration. Under the Smart City mission, the facility installed at vantage point to guide commuters partially tourists contains navigational information. The move is expected to benefit commuters mainly tourists hiring two-wheelers to travel to different locations of the city and tourist places. Signage is a kind of visual graphic created to provide wayfinding information in places such as streets or inside/outside of buildings to the general public. Besides adding to the city beautification, signages primarily help in disseminating information to the public so that the receiver can make cognitive decisions based on the information provided.

Ugadi celebrated with pomp in isles
Ugadi, the Telugu new year day, was celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety in these islands on Sunday. People thronged various temples and also decorated their homes with mango leaves and flowers and consumed the Ugadi Pachadi made with neem flowers, jaggery, pepper or green chillies, salt, tamarind juice, small pieces of raw mango, which signifies that life is a mixture of happiness, sadness, anger, disgust, fear and surprise which should be accepted with equanimity throughout the year. The main function was held in the premises of Andhra Association here. Statues of Manyam Veerudu Alluri Sitaramaraju and Amarajeevi Potti Sreeramulu were unveiled in the premises of the association in the presence of an august gathering. A colourful cultural programme was also organized on the occasion which was graced by. Mr. Arava Gopi Krishna, Secretary (Education) and Ms Amrutha Guguloth, Superintendent of Police, Indian Reserve Battalion, A & N Islands. Classical bits presented by Kumari Sai Sriya from Vizag received huge rounds of applause from the gathering.