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Hon'ble Lt Governor virtually inaugurates two new POL Retail Outlets of ANIIDCO at Baratang & Uttara

Port Blair ,

    With a vision to ensure availability of essential services to islanders living in far flung areas, the Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) today inaugurated two POL Retail Outlets set up by ANIIDCO virtually from Raj Niwas. The inaugural function was attended by the Member of Parliament, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Jitendra Narain, Adhyaksha, ZPSA, Smti. Pramila Kumari, Chairperson PBMC, Smt. U. Kavitha, DGP, Shri Neeraj Thakur, Senior Officers of A&N Administration and DGM (RS) IOCL Kolkata, Shri Tahseen Rayaz. 
    The POL Retail Outlets have been established by the Andaman & Nicobar Islands Integrated Development Corporation Limited (ANIIDCO) one each at Kanchangadh (Baratang) and Uttara (Kadamtala). 
   With the inauguration of these two outlets, the A&N Administration has fulfilled the aspirations of the people residing in remote areas besides providing relief to the vehicle users as well as commuters passing through NH-4. This will also boost the economic growth of the region.  
     The inaugural function was also live streamed in the conference hall of Secretariat, Port Blair, Office of the Deputy Commissioner, N&M Andaman District and Office of the Assistant Commissioner, Rangat from where the Adhyaksha, ZP N&M Andaman, Smti. Elizabeth, the Deputy Commissioner, N&M Andaman, Assistant Commissioner, Rangat, PRI members, officials of different Departments of South and N&M Andaman Districts witnessed the inaugural function virtually.
     In his welcome address, the Executive Director (POL), ANIIDCO, Shri Suneel Anchipaka said, the inauguration of the Outlets by the Lt Governor is a historic moment as it will benefit the people of Baratang and Kadamtala and the commuters using NH-4. He said, ANIIDCO is engaged in the integrated development of various sectors in A&N Islands. It also ensures the supply of petroleum products like petrol, diesel and lubricants in co-ordination with IOCL at various parts of A&N Islands. With the inauguration of these two POLs, the number of Petroleum Retail Outlet/ Depots in A&N Islands maintained by ANIIDCO has gone upto 13, he added.
    A video presentation by the Indian Oil Corporation Limited was screened showcasing their activities in A&N Islands.
    Proposing the vote of thanks, the Managing Director, ANIIDCO, Shri Santosh D. Vaidya expressed his sincere gratitude to the Hon'ble Lt Governor for gracing the occasion. With the inauguration of these Outlets, ANIIDCO has extended its network of Retail Outlets from 11 to 13 and made available the petroleum products in between the stretch of Sippighat to Rangat, thus eliminating the daily struggle of the residents of the area and the commuters passing through NH-4.
   The Andaman Public Works Department (APWD) has completed the construction work of these 'Outlets' in 1 year and four months  despite COVID challenges.  
     The Petroleum Retail Outlet at Uttara (Kadamtala) is having Storage Tanks of capacity 40 KL (20 KL for Petrol and 20 KL for Diesel) and has 2 Dispensing Units with 4 nozzles while Baratang Petroleum Retail Outlet is having a storage capacity of 40 Kilolitre for Petrol and 40 kilolitre for Diesel having 3 Dispensing Units with 6 nozzles. 
     Both these POL Retail Outlets one each at Baratang & Uttara (Kadamtala) have been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.5.33 crores. Facilities such as drinking water, washroom, air refilling stations, sales room of lubricant oil are also available in both these Retail Outlets.