MP alleges black-marketing of ship tickets, corruption in Chatham Mill

Port Blair
25 May 2017

The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, on Wednesday, alleged widespread black-marketing of ship tickets. Addressing a press conference, Mr Ray claimed that during a recent visit to the Ship Ticketing counter at Phoenix Bay, he found many persons without valid identity cards standing in queue to purchase tickets for various inter-island destinations. “A group of women line up at the ticketing counters from 4 am daily to purchase ship tickets and later sell them to passengers at higher rates. Even port labourers were found involved in black marketing of ship tickets. The entire exercise was carried out in the presence of the Station House Officer of PS Aberdeen and the Director of Health Services,” said the Member of Parliament.
Mr Ray also alleged serious corruption in issue of timber from Chatham Saw Mill. “Following complaints, I recently visited the Mill to ascertain the veracity of such reports. It was found that corruption has made deep roots in the functioning of the Chatham Mill. Bribery was found in almost every procedure involved in issue timber. Brokers were found pervasive in the Mill premises who get the timber requisitions passed in exchange of hefty money from the applicants,” claimed Mr Ray demanding a thorough probe into the affairs of the Mill. 
On the prevailing power crisis in these islands, the Member of Parliament said that administration is striving to improve the situation. Two DG sets will be installed at Rangat in the next 7 days to address the deficit of 1.8MW against the demand of 5.8MW in the region. “Against the requirements of 3.7 MW, Diglipur in North Andaman is presently having generation of only 1.6 MW. The situation is likely to improve after water levels at the hydroelectric power plant reaches the required level. The administration is, however, working on alternate measures and consumers in the North and Middle Andaman region has expect respite from the 1st of June this year. The Lt. Governor has also issued instructions to expedite repair of DG sets installed at Power Houses in South Andaman,” added Mr Ray. (EOIC)