Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday undertook an aerial survey of various developmental projects including Shaheed Dweep Eco- tourism Project and Swaraj Dweep Water Aerodrome on the second day of his visit of A&N Islands. He virtually inaugurated the Humphrey Strait Creek bridge from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island in Port Blair today. The bridge has been named as Azad Hind Fauz Setu. The Home Minister dedicated this bridge to the people of Andaman and Nicobar.
Humphrey Strait Creek bridge is the longest bridge in Andaman and Nicobar Islands of length 1.18 kilometres. It is constructed on NH-4 formerly known as Andaman Trunk Road over Humphrey Street creek in Kadamtala, Middle Andaman. The bridge is located about 120 kilometres away from Port Blair in Middle Andaman. NHIDCL has constructed this pillar bridge with a project cost of more than 202 crore rupees. With inauguration of this major bridge the inter-district road connectivity between North and Middle Andaman and South Andaman has been boosted. The state-of-art bridge is a milestone in the infrastructure of A&N Islands. Tourism in North and Middle Andaman will also be flourished with the completion of this bridge.
The Bridge will reduce the time and efforts of daily passengers who need to cross Humphrey Strait Creek from Gandhi Jetty to Uttra Jetty by boat. It takes about more than a hour but with the completion of this bridge, the commuting time to pass the creek will be reduced to 10 minutes.
The bridge will provide constant road connectivity to the residents of North and Middle Andaman in reaching South Andaman till Middle Strait. Movement of patients and supply of goods materials will become easier than before. The Bridge will also be helpful from a strategic point of view for the movement of defence forces in case of emergency.
There is one more bridge being constructed by NHIDCL on NH-4 over Middle Strait creek. This bridge will provide straight road connectivity between the two districts i.e. South Andaman and North and Middle Andaman. Most of the population of these islands lives in these two districts whose life and journey will become easier than ever. He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of 14 various health and development projects today. It includes the inauguration of Cath Lab at G.B. Pant hospital and 50-bedded Integrated Ayush Hospital in Port Blair. This modern Cath lab was constructed with a cost of eight crore rupees and will provide treatment facilities like Angiography, Angioplasty and pacemaker transplant to heart patients of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. On establishing this Cath Lab in Port Blair, the rate to refer heart patients to mainland hospitals will be reduced. Patients will get speedy treatment itself in Port Blair.