Utilities and Services in Car Nicobar

The inaccessibility of Car Nicobar is a major hindrance in its development, considering that it is not directly connected to the Indian mainland- neither by air nor by road. The two-and-a-half hour flight from Chennai to Port Blair, followed by the 12 hours travel by sea to Car Nicobar can test the most efficiently planned logistical operations. It is of no surprise that the infrastructural facilities here are not up to mark, as compared to other Indian States and Union Territories.

Utilities and Services in Car Nicobar

Entry Permits

The entry to the Nicobar Islands is restricted and permits are issued by the Administration to visit these Islands.

Indian Nationals
Indian nationals also require permits to visit Nicobar Islands and other tribal areas, which are given in exceptional cases. Application on a prescribed form should be addressed to the Deputy Commissioner, Andaman District, Port Blair.

Entry Formalities for Foreign Nationals
Foreign nationals could stay in the islands for 30 days. It could be extended by 15 days with permission. Foreign nationals require a permit to stay, it can be obtained on arrival at Port Blair (either by air or sea) from the immigration authorities.

In addition permits can also be obtained from:
  • Indian Mission Overseas
  • Foreigners Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta.
  • The immigration authorities at the airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta.

The places covered by this permit for Day Halt are:
  • Brother Island
  • Sister Island
  • Ross Island
  • Narcondum Island
  • Interview Island
  • Barren Island - can be visited on board vessels and sea plane only
The places covered by this permit for Day and Night Halt (*except Jarwa reserve) are:
  • Havelock Island
  • Middle Andaman Island
  • South Andaman Island
  • Little Andaman Island
  • Neil Island
  • Long Island
  • Diglipur
  • Baratang

Government Rural Development Schemes

Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme –MPLADS

Under this Scheme, the Hon'ble MP gives a recommendation for the developmental work with an emphasis on creating durable community assets, based on the locally felt needs; viz. drinking water, education, public health, sanitation and roads, etc. The appointed Agencies submit their reports of the developmental measures taken and the expenditures of the fund at regular basis to the District Administration. The district Administration then forwards this to the Central Government as feedback to the Ministry. The MPLADS is fully funded by the Government of India.

The National Rural Health Mission - NRHM

GOI has launched the National Rural Health Mission to carry out necessary steps in providing a synergistic approach by relating Healthcare to the determinants of good health - like nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and safe drinking water. Plans are in place to look into issues leading to the cases of leprosy, TB, malaria etc.

It also aims at streamlining the systems to facilitate health care. The Plan of Action includes increasing public expenditure on health, reducing regional imbalance in health infrastructure, pooling resources, integration of organizational structures, optimization of medical human resources, decentralization and district management of health programmes and community participation.

It helped induction of management and financial personnel into the district health system, and operationalizing community health centers into functional hospitals to meet the Indian Public Health Standards in each Block of the District. This way it aims to improve the availability of and access to quality health care by people, residing in rural areas - the poor, women and children.
The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act - NREGA

Under the NREGA ACT 2005, the UT Administration of Andaman & Nicobar Islands has made the Andaman & Nicobar Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (ANREGS) with two main objectives
  • to provide no less than 100 days of Guaranteed Employment (in a financial year) to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work in rural areas.
  • to create durable social and economic assets and develop the infrastructure in rural areas.
The Nicobar District pioneered the physical implementation of NREGA in the UT by providing wage employment to the rural household. The cumulative numbers of households registered under ANREGS in Nicobar District are 4284 and the cumulative numbers of individuals registered are 7340.

Permanent Shelters

Housing needs were covered under the SCA Scheme. Under this Scheme certain forests were cleared to construct permanent shelters for local and tribal population. Tsunami victims were also rehabilitated in the houses constructed by the Government.

Also, the transportation need for the tribal to carry their agricultural products from the farm to their homes, is met by providing them Bicycles on 50 % subsidy.

Development under IT Sector

A Vocational Training Center (Computers) has successfully trained 6 tribal candidates and is qualified for a one year Diploma course.

Under the E-Governance, a proposal for the Installation of VSAT has already been sent to the Administration. This would be effective for the monitoring of developmental works in the District, since the district has a peculiar geographical position.

District Disaster Management Control Room – DDMCR

Being the epic center of earthquakes, the District Administration recognizes the need to have a proactive, comprehensive and sustained approach to disaster management to reduce the detrimental effects of disasters on overall socioeconomic development of the region. The aim is to set necessary systems, structures, programs, resources, capabilities and guiding principles to reduce disaster risks, preparing for and responding to disasters and threats of disasters in order to save lives and property.

The functions of the Disaster Management Cell

The District Administration has a separate Disaster Management cell. The functions of the disaster management cell are:
  • setting up of control room.
  • dissemination of warnings.
  • monitoring of relief and rescue measures during disaster.
  • assessment of preparedness.
  • preparation and compilation of Standard Operating procedures.
  • distribution of aids and articles.
  • assessment of disaster vulnerability.
  • preparation of community based disaster management plan.
  • creating awareness through mock drills and training.

List of officers connected with Disaster Management

Shri Rupesh Kumar Thakur (I.A.S)
Deputy Commissioner (Nicobar District)

Telephone:
Office- 265220
Residence-265190
Fax-265177

Shri M. Sanjay Balan
Assistant Commissioner (HQ)

Telephone:
Office-265566
Residence-265177
Fax-265205

Shri Suresh Chand Meena
Assistant Commissioner (Nancowry)

Telephone:
OfficeE- 26322
Residence-263212
Fax-263202

Shri Rajeev Singh
Assitant Commissioner (Great Nicobar)

Telephone:
Office- 264264
Residence-264233
Fax-264222

Shri. Sunil Kumar
Tehsildar (Car Nicobar)

Telephone:
Office-265567

Important Helpline Contact Phone Numbers - Car Nicobar

Police Control Room 100 / 265242
Fire Service 101 / 265252
Ambulance 102
DC Nicobar 265220
Disaster Management Control 265241
Tribal Council 265309
BJR Hospital 265234,265228,265280
AC (Car Nicobar) / ITDP 265566
AC (Nancowry) 263222
AC (Great Nicobar) 264264
Telephone Complaint 265197
Electricity Complaint 265253
G.B.Pant Hospital 03192-232101, 233473
Mainland Shipping Information 03102-245555
Inter Island Ship Schedule 03192-232528
Airport Office 03192-232983
(STD code: 03193)


Basic Utilities and infrastructure

Health Infrastructure:
Hospital: 1 (BJR Hospital)
Sub Center: 11
Village Health & Sanitation Committees - VHSC 15
Doctors 10
Nurses/Midwives/LHVs 37
Para Medical Staff 60
Bed Strength 113

Veterinary Services:
Veterinary Hospital 1
Veterinary Sub Dispensary 1
Disease Investigation Lab 1
A I Centre 1
Doctor 3
Para Veterinary Staff 25
Transport:
Bus Service
Buses fleet strength 12
Bus on road 8
Trips made per day 16

Shipping Service
Connected by Boat from Port Blair
Postal Service:
Sub Post Office 1
ED Branch Post Office 4
Letter Box 8

Telecommunication:
Telephone
Telephone Exchange 3
Telephone Connection 1087
Mass Media & Entertainment:
Doordarshan Transmission Center 1
Assistance Employment Bureau 1
Banking:
Commercial Banks 1
Commercial Bank Branches 1
Co-Operative Bank Branches 2
Tribal Council 1
Infrastructure:
Roads Pucca 72.80 KM
Villages provided with piped water supply 16
Fire Station 1
Police Station 1
Power 24 hours power supply to 100 % electrification of 15 Villages of Car Nicobar
Electric Connections 439
Civil Supplies:
Fair Price Shops 13
Ration Cards Holder 4317
Education:
Sr. Secondary Schools 4
Secondary school 4
Middle school 4
Primary 6

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