Ravaged govt. quarters at Junglighat flattened

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
19 May 2017

In a welcome step, the local administration has initiated action to demolish government quarters damaged in the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in different parts of the city. Heavy machinery deployed by the Andaman Public Works Department flattened many wooden and RCC government quarters at Junglighat near Fish Market on Thursday paving way for construction of new accommodation facilities for government employees in the area, according to reports. Earlier in February this year, the government agencies here demolished dilapidated government quarters at Junglighat near Ayush Hospital. Sources say that UT Administration and the civic body has major infrastructure development plans to be executed on the vacant land in the heart of the city.
The Echo of India has been regularly highlighting how 12 years after tsunami struck these islands, many government quarters ravaged in the city’s low-lying areas mainly at Junglighat in dilapidated condition stood as symbols of towering negligence of  the local government particularly APWD entrusted the onerous responsibility to dismantle and rebuild such buildings. While hundreds of employees in the UT administration are awaiting their turn to secure government accommodation, the lead construction agency remained indifferent to the urgent need to renovate or rebuild the damaged quarters for the government workforce. According to sources, the APWD has now formulated plans to demolish and reconstruct all the damaged government quarters in the city in a phased manner.