Report by: 
Port Blair
26 Jun 2018

Dugnabad fishermen stage protest
Fishermen from the Dugnabad area staged a protest in front of the office of the Fisheries Department on Tuesday. The agitators mainly demanded construction of a fish landing centre in the area. They also demanded construction of a modern fish market at Junglighat, construction of houses for the fishing community under appropriate scheme of the government, among others. “Before vacating us from Aberdeen Jetty, the administration promises to construct a Fish Landing Centre at Dugnabad, but the commitment remains unfulfilled till date. In the absence of a fish landing centre, we are facing countless hardships in earning our livelihood. Besides, a modern fish market has become imperative for hundreds of fishers from Dugnabad, who presently sell their catch on the roadsides,” said some fishers. A delegation of the protestors, later met the Director of Fisheries, who after giving a patient hearing, assured to place their grievances before the appropriate authority for early redressal.

Battered road stretch becomes nightmare for ship commuters
Passengers opting for the sea route for their voyage to mainland and other parts of these islands are having a tough time negotiating the battered road stretch between Haddo gate no.1 to gate no. 3 near Police Station, Chatham. Massive potholes on this stretch have been a nightmarish experience to the commuters availing autos or other modes of transport for embarking or after disembarking the ships. Ship passengers, mostly from inter-islands, prefer to take the seashore road to Phoenix Bay jetty to head for their destinations but are forced to shell out extra penny as auto and taxi drivers reportedly decline to traverse on this pothole-laden stretch. Even cops of Chatham Police Station are facing hardships patrolling in the sensitive wharf area due to the dilapidated road stretch “This stretch of road here is a horrible sight. In fact the road is not at all visible and is full of massive potholes. Many of us coming from inter-islands prefer the take the sea shore road to Phoenix Bay as this is the shortest route but autowallas charge more money for crossing this stretch. Authorities should take prompt steps to renovate the road stretch and alleviate the sufferings of thousands of ship passengers,” lamented a passenger after his arrival from Hut Bay.

Fire at Govt. Press
A minor fire accident was reported from Government Press, South Point on Monday. Fire fighters rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control. Electrical short-circuit is believed to be the cause of the fire. As per reports, the accident occurred at around 1 pm yesterday. Old electrical fittings (tubelights) installed in the Machine Room of the Government Press near News Division melted due to overheating and triggered fire on the stock of papers kept nearby. The Fire Station was immediately informed after which fighters from Aberdeen Station rushed to the spot. Reinforcement was also sought from other nearby Fire Station to prevent any major catastrophe in the Government Press.