Closure of Rangat Bay Fuel Stn. ups expenditure of govt. depts. in Middle Andaman

Report by: 
V SENTHIL KUMAR
RANGAT
10 Jun 2018

Sudden closure of the Fuel Station at Rangat Bay in Middle Andaman has started causing inconvenience for government departments functioning in the region. As per reports, the Diesel and Petrol Vending Station was closed in March this year over some land dispute between ANIIDCO and ALHW and shifted to Mayabunder in North Andaman. However, the move has reportedly escalated the fuel expenses of almost all the government departments in the area particularly the Transport Department.
Sources say that since the shifting of the government petrol pump at Rangat Bay, incidents of STS buses getting stranded in the midst of their trip due to diesel exhaust has become a common phenomenon in the North and Middle Andaman region these islands. Other departments deploy heavy trucks to procure diesel and petrol in drums from the Mayabunder outlet to maintain stock of fuel in their divisions. Massive rush of government vehicles in the Mayabunder Fuel Station almost on a daily basis has now become a cause of harassment for government officials posted in Middle Andaman region.
“The Transport Department operates a large fleet of buses in the Middle Andaman region, which ply between different routes ferrying hundreds of passengers daily. Most of the buses in different routes require replenishment of fuel every alternate day. However, after shifting of the ANIIDCO Government Petrol Pump, refilling of diesel has become a cumbersome task for STS employees. Many bus drivers return to Rangat terminus without refilling due to the massive rush of government vehicles at Mayabunder. Other key departments like APWD, Agriculture, Revenue etc functioning in Middle Andaman are also facing difficulties in carrying out day to day works due to the closure of the Rangat Bay Fuel Station. The administration should reconsider the decision and resolve the dispute between the two departments so that the Fuel Station can resume operations,” said a government employee posted in Rangat.