Port Blair, March 7: The Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray in a letter to the Minister of Home Affairs, GOI wherein he took up the case of the villagers of Narayan Tikry, Diglipur, North Andaman. 

The MP explained that during his tour to Narayan Tikry on 23rd Jan. 2013 he found that the village is on a Forest Encroachment, near Kalighat Nallah, Diglipur.

There are 33 families in Narayan Tikry, out of which, 28 families are of pre- 78 Forest encroachers. Some of them obtained license either at Parschim Sagar or Gandhi Nagar, Genesh Nagar, Shanti Nagar. But in the land as shown in the license, were occupied by old encroachers and some of the lands are having big commercial trees.

They are living in Narayan Tikry since pre – 78 and the Administration has opened Primary School, Pre-Primary and Anganwadi etc. there.

There is no drinking water facilities and electricity provided by the Administration. The villagers have been demanding that electricity connection from Nischandapur could be reached to them, which is hardly at a distance of two and half kilometres. As an alternative, they are also demanding Solar Home Light System on the BPL rate or it may be provided by the Administration, facilitating better education to their children.

The villagers have also made a demand that all the encroachers may be allotted land in the present Narayan Tikrey on cancelling the license already issued against some other place.

Shri Bishnu Pada Ray therefore requested the Minister to intervene in the matter and to direct the concerned in for an earliest action against the long standing public demand.