Ray meets Defence Minister, vital issues discussed

Port Blair
21 Oct 2017

Mr. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament, A & N Islands along with group of Mahila  Morcha members met with Smti. Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister on  October 18 at ANC HQ, Port Blair.  During the meeting, the following pending defence projects of A&N Islands taken up by the MP  and other security concerned matters were discussed by the MP with the Minister and requested to expedite the same.  The Minister assured to look into the matter, in which the matters are being examined in the interest of safety and security.
Major among other issues raised were extension of Naval Air station at Shibpur, Diglipur, N&M Andaman from 1000 mtrs to 3050 and extension of Campbell Bay airport from 1000 mtrs to 3050 mtrs in which principal approval already accorded on  May 24, 2016 and awaiting for CRZ clearance, setting up of new Airports of Defence at Kakana village, Nancowry islands. The settlement of land disputes at Kamorta island as this lands are belongs to tribal since pre-independence and required payment of compensation, road connectivity from Gandhi Nagar to Ramnagar under Diglipur Tehsil in North Andaman for total length of 103 kms for coastal security and development of tourism etc, providing squad drones for constant vigilance.
The  remote left-out sensitive islands to be covered with helipads by opening more LOPs as the late President Dr. Abdul Kalam promised  that no un-inhabitant islands be left in view of security threat, commission of three more coast guard ships with helicopters for coastal surveillances for 12 months sea worthy etc. The  arrangements for laying of foundation stones by the PM for extension of Shibpur and Campbell Bay Airport from 1000 mtrs to 3050 mtrs, urgent Resurfacing of Port Blair airport which is being developed as International Airport since the present runway has outlived its design and unsafe.  Therefore, there is urgent need to upgrade the runway and the work may be executed by the Ministry of defence and resurfacing of Naval airport at Car Nicobar, since the airport has been damaged during Tsunami and no resurfacing work take up after Tsunami which is pending in the Ministry for sanction.