CS assures ‘execution’ follow-up in next evaluation meeting

Mir Groups Consultancy project for ANI traffic
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ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
8 Nov 2017

In 2011, local and national newspapers carried reports bringing a lot of cheer to the islanders. The news read that the UT administration awarded a global firm, Mir Group, the consultancy to design a master plan for traffic (air, sea and road) to make our islands an efficiently connected entity. It was expected to be completed in 10 months. Till today the Mir Group website too boasts of this prestigious project in A&N Islands.
Speaking to EOI, the Chief Secretary of the Andaman and Nicobar Administration assured to look into the reasons for delay in completion of the project. Yearly change of officers sometimes causes such problems of communication and that the issue will reach its logical conclusion. However, the subject matter will be taken up during the evaluation meeting scheduled on November 14, he added.
When contacted recently by EOI seeking details of the project, a senior executive of Mir Group demanded an email query, but EOI received no response. Later, the executive informed over phone that the consultancy report has been submitted to the District Administration. “We’ve submitted the report and it is the prerogative of the administration to incorporate necessary changes mainly after Port Blair has been included in the Smart City Project of the Union Government,” the official then said. 
Mir Projects and Consultants, a Kerala based consultancy firm, a prestigious global firm, was awarded the task of designing the masterplan for efficient traffic management in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and for preparing a roadmap on assessment of traffic projections in these islands for 20 years up to 2030. The Master Plan is meant to provide long-term solution to intra-island, inter-island and island- mainland transport requirements by providing better transport linkages with special focus on ensuring that the pristine ecology and environment of the islands are least impacted. The ambitious traffic plan is expected to define the air, sea and road traffic infrastructure and provide cost effective travel in this remote region until 2030. The report would make use of a combination of urban planning, multi-modal traffic engineering, ecology and economics. The master was supposed to be developed in association with Pointec of Spain, a renowned leader in traffic and transport consulting, according to reports.