Kuldeep raises issue of shortage of rooms in Andaman Guest Houses in mainland

Port Blair
17 May 2018

The President, Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Kuldeep Rai Sharma has invited the attention of the Lt. Governor, A & N Islands towards the  problems being faced by the islanders particularly the patients and students, while visiting Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi  for  various  purposes  due to non-availability of  accommodation in Administration’s Guest Houses/Bhawans in these cities. In his letter, Mr Sharma pointed out  that the Andaman & Nicobar Administration,  for the benefit of Islanders, general public, students  and Govt. Officials  visiting, New Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata  for medical  treatment, admission of their children for higher studies  and various other purpose, have constructed Andaman Nicobar Bhawans in all these cities/places  long back. With the passage of time, the number of islanders & Govt. officials visiting mainland for medical treatment and other purpose has increased manifold but the number of rooms  in these Bhawans remained  unchanged.  Consequently there is excessive demand of accommodation in all these Guest Houses / Bhawans owned by the A & N administration throughout the year. 
Mr Sharma said that the people of these islands visiting  Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi mainly for medical treatment, admission of their children  for higher studies and other purposes are mostly of poor financial background   and unable to afford  the  exorbitant rent of accommodation prevailing in these cities. He requested the Lt. Governor to  look into the  matter and initiate  appropriate action  for  increasing  accommodation/rooms  in these  Guest Houses/Bhawans considering the difficulties  being faced by the underprivileged people of these islands  visiting  these cities.  The PCC President further opined that, as an interim measure possibility can be explored to hire accommodation/apartments on lease rent basis till such time the augmentation of the capacity is done by the administration by constructing additional accommodation.