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Indira Point

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Country  India
Tehsil  Great Nicobar
2011 census code  645188
District  Nicobar
Time zone  IST (UTC+5:30)
Elevation  47 m
Indira Point photoswikimapiaorgp0002656814bigjpg
State  Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Indira point lighthouse submerged in greater nicobar island tsunami


Indira Point or Pygmalion Point is a village in the Nicobar district of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. It is located in the Great Nicobar tehsil. It is the location of the southernmost point of India's territory.

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Map of Indira Point, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744302

Etymology

The village is named as Indira Point after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The point was formerly known as Pygmalion Point and Parsons Point. It was renamed in honour of Indira Gandhi during mid-1980s. The announcement was made by the local Member of Parliament when Indira Gandhi visited the local light house on 19 February 1984. The official renaming ceremony happened on 10 October 1985.

History

The Indira Point lighthouse was commissioned into service on 30 April 1972.

Located 500 kilometres north of the epicenter of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, the southernmost tip subsided 4.25 metres after the earthquake, and many of the inhabitants went missing in the tsunami that followed. Sixteen to twenty families living next to the lighthouse and four scientists studying leatherback sea turtles were lost.

Administration

The village comes under the administration of Laxmi Nagar panchayat.

Demographics

The village lost many of its residents in the 2004 tsunami. According to the 2011 census of India, Indira Point has only 4 households left. The effective literacy rate (i.e. the literacy rate of population excluding children aged 6 and below) is 85.19%.

References

Indira Point Wikipedia


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