Port Blair, Dec 02: A delegation of the Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry led by its President called on H E Lt. Governor of A & N Islands on 25th November 2022 to discuss issues related to the economic development of the Islands.
During the meeting, the Chamber expressed its disappointment on the Islands recently being in the news for all the wrong reasons and also conveyed to his Excellency the pain of the business community since March of 2020 and the fact that the economy, especially tourism, has not even reached 50 percent of pre-covid levels. They also expressed their anguish and concern that over the last year or so the business community has had to face a lot of difficulties due to an atmosphere of fear which had been created and quite a few members had to face humiliation, coercion and vindictive actions.
They further highlighted the serious infrastructure challenges people are facing specially in the area of ports, power, roads & smart city.
The continuing policy of administration of not allowing any conversion of land which has put the development of new projects and enterprises at a total stand still was also pointed out. It was also mentioned about the fact that even the common people are not able to make houses for themselves as a result of this policy.
That Lt. Governor gave a patient hearing to the issues raised and in response said that the bottom line of all the problems in the Islands was corruption, whether in power port or other infrastructure and steps have been taken to initiate enquiries in this regard. As far as conversion of land is concerned it is a complex matter but case to case decisions will be taken, especially if it involves projects connected with public utility. He also mentioned that the Govt. of India is serious about the development of the Islands and never in the history has almost one lakh crore has been earmarked for investment in the Islands.