“Port Blair is producing 93 percent electricity from diesel, but will be producing it from green energy resources in another 2 years”, said Chetan B Sanghi, Chief Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar Administration at the 7th Smart Cities conclave held in the union territory.
He pointed out the logical and smart systems that are being worked in Andaman, highlighting the compulsory introduction of electric vehicles, shipping services to be introduced on green energy, and converting the existing boats into Electric Vehicles(EV).
Chetan B Sanghi also stressed the challenges in Andaman islands adding, “We have stopped using certain types of plastic, and the amount of plastic you bring is the amount you will have to take back. We have converted into an opportunity. This is a blessing and opportunity to take smart cities mission to a logical system. Earlier, we never had this opportunity to think of such opportunities, and never had such resources.”
The Chief Secretary also talked about a proposal of bringing Rs 20,000 crores of investment to the islands from private stakeholders in the next 4 years, in a recently held meeting of the UTs. He said, “If you have the intention, the money will come in. We are working on Rs 30000 crores till 2025. We are leveraging investment opportunities, and Andaman will be a huge opportunity for everyone.”
Adding to that, Vikram Dev Dutt, Principal Secretary, Dept. of Urban Development, Andaman & Nicobar talked about the humongous challenges the islands face in getting things on the ground but added that the opportunities outgrow the challenges. He said, “IT inventions are the bedrocks are the base of smart cities development. Andaman has a submarine under-cable project underway, and by June 2020, the lack of connectivity may be a thing of the past. I can assure you Port Blair is ready to put its foot forward, and bringing citizens in the development process and projects is important.”
There are a few ambitious tourism projects currently underway and would depict the enormous potential. He also asked people to soak in the place, and be their ambassadors to bring in more opportunities to the islands.