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General information:

Capital : Port Blair

Location : Bay of Bengal 920 to 940 East Longitude 6o to 14o North Latitude


Area South Andaman District : 3106 Sq. Kms.
N & M Andaman District : 3302 Sq. Kms.
Nicobar District : 1841 Sq. Kms.
Total Area 8249 Sq. Kms.


No. of Islands : 572 Inhabited Islands - 38
Unhabited Islands - 534


No. of Districts : 3 South Andaman District
North & Middle Andaman District
Nicobar District

Parliamentary Constituency : One

Municipal Councils : One

Municipal Wards : Eighteen

Gram Panchayats : Sixty Seven

Panchayat Samities : Seven

Zilla Parishad : Two

Length & Breadth of Andaman Group of Islands:  Total Length : 467 Kms (Maximum Width : 52 Kms, Average Width : 24  Kms)

Length & Breadth of Nicobar Group of Islands:  Total Length : 259 Kms (Maximum Width : 58 Kms)

Villages: Revenue villages : 204, Census villages :547,  Inhabited villages :501, Unhabited villages : 46



1.    Name of the District:



2.    Names of the sub-divisions, including Sadar:  




3.    Area in Sq.Km. of the District as a whole and its different sub-divisions:

                    Total area of Andaman & Nicobar Islands - 8,249 Sq. Kms.

4.    Population (total as well as Sub-division-wise):      Total population - 3,56,152

5.    Literacy rate of males and females (total as well as sub-division wise):

6.    Police stations (total as well as sub-division wise):


South Andaman Sub-Division

  • PS Aberdeen
  • PS Pahargaon
  • PS Chatham
  • PS Havelock
  • PS Humfrygunj
  • PS Hut Bay
  • PS Central Crime Station
  • PS Anti-corruption
  • PS CBI

Mayabunder Sub-Division

  • PS Bambooflat
  • PS Ograbraj
  • PS Baratang
  • PS Kadamtala
  • PS Rangat
  • PS Billyground
  • PS Mayabunder

Diglipur Sub-Division

  • PS Kalighat
  • PS Diglipur

Car Nicobar Sub-Division

  • PS Car Nicobar
  Nancowry Sub-Division
  • PS Nancowry
  • PS Teressa
  • PS Katchal
  Campbell Bay Sub-Division
  • PS Campbell Bay


Mythologically, the name Andaman is presumed to be derived from Hanuman, who was known to the Malays as Handuman. Since pre-historic times, these islands were the home of aboriginal tribes. The tribes of the Andaman group of islands are the Great Andamanese, Onges, Jarawas and Sentinelese, all of Negrito origin, while the tribes of Nicobars are the Nicobarese and Shompens, both of Mongoloid stock. The first settlement in the islands by the British took place in 1789, which was later abandoned in 1796. The second settlement which was basically a penal settlement, was taken up in 1858, after the first War of Independence, followed by the settlement of convicts including Moplas, some tribes from Central and United Provinces, refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan, Burma and Sri Lanka as well as ex-servicemen. The islands no more carry the sobriquet of "Kala pani" and have become one of the most sought after destinations of the world.

These emerald Islands, blessed with natural beauty, 86% forest cover, world class beaches, undulating creeks, crystal clear water and unpolluted environment command the first place to visit for tourists. This archipelago of more than 572 islets and and islands with 37 inhabited islands stretches over a length of more than 700 kms. from North to South. The topography of the islands is hilly with exotic flora and fauna. The sandy beaches, fringed with coconut palms, and the sea around the island offer excellent scope for Adventure Water Sports and game-fishing. These green islands attract many nature-lovers, and bird-watchers from all over the world. Adventure tourism like trekking, island camping snorkeling, scuba diving etc. are the major attractions here.

Location Bay of Bengal

92º to 94º East Longitude

6º to 14º North Latitude

Capital Port Blair

Highest Peak Saddle Peak – 732 meters


Tropical and humid. Humid ranges between 70% to 90% with a gentle breeze blowing at all times. The weather is generally pleasant with a mean minimum temperature of 23ºC and mean maximum of 30ºC.


By Air: Port Blair is well connected with Chennai and Kolkata by Air. There is also a daily hopping flight of Jetlite linking Delhi with Port Blair via Kolkata. Presently flights are operated by Air India, Jet Airways, Jetlite and Kingfisher. The number of flights are increased during the peak tourist season based on demand. (Journey time: 2 Hrs.) Foreign tourist charter flights are also permitted to land at Port Blair subject to the fulfillment of guidelines of the Director General of Civil Aviation. The islands are also interconnected by helicopters operated by Pawanhans.

By Sea: Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam. There are three to four sailings for Kolkata and Chennai one sailing for Vishakhapatnam every month.

Chennai – Port Blair : Journey time about 60 hrs.

Kolkata – Port Blair : Journey time about 66 hrs.

Vishakapatnam – Port Blair : Journey time about 56 hrs.

Cellular Jail – National Memorial

Cellular Jail constructed by Britishers in 1906 located at Port Blair, stands mute witness to the atrocities meted out to the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in this jail. The name ‘Cellular’ was given as this jail is made up of individual cells for solitary confinement of the prisoners. Originally, it was a seven pronged building with central tower acting as its fulcrum and a massive structure comprising honey comb like corridors. This jail, now a place of pilgrimage for all freedom lovers, has been declared a ‘National Memorial’.

Ross Island

Once the seat of British power and capital of these Islands, it stands now as a ruin of the bygone days with the old structures almost in debris. A small museum named ‘Smritika’ holds photographs and other antiques of the Britishers relevant to these islands.

Viper Island

Notorious for chain gang punishment, this island was used as open jail for the convicts as well as freedom fighters by the Britishers prior to construction of the Cellular Jail. The jail at Viper Island was abandoned after the construction of Cellular Jail. It has a gallows atop a hillock, where condemned prisoners were hanged. Sher Ali, who killed Lord Mayo, the Viceroy of India in 1872, was also hanged here.

Chatham Saw Mill

The Chatham Saw Mill, one of the oldest and the largest Saw Mills in Asia, is built on a tiny island named Chatham and is connected to main Island by a bridge. It is a storehouse of timber like Padauk, Gurjan, Marble, Satin Wood, etc. This island has the second largest wharf of these islands and is near the Haddo Wharf.

Mount Harriet

Once the summer Head Quarters of the erstwhile Chief Commissioners during British Raj, this place is ideal for fascinating distant view of the other islands and the sea. It is the highest peak in the South Andamans. (365 meters high). One can trek upto Madhuban through a nature trail and can find rare endemic birds, animals and butterflies. Conducted tours to Mt. Harriet are available from Andaman Teal House.

Barren Islands

Barren Island, having the only active volcano in India, has a big crater of the volcano, rising abruptly from the sea, about ½ km from the shore and is about 150 fathoms deep. Can be visited onboard vessels only. Administration is contemplating facilitating aerial view of volcano from helicopter/seaplane for tourists.

8.    The distance of any of its sub-divisions from Kolkata and mode of transport/communication from Kolkata:

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District Court Information

9.    Number of Courts (total as well as sub-division wise):

            Total number of Courts in Andaman & Nicobar Islands - 09

10. Names of the Judicial Officers and their respective dates of posting in that particular station and if any court

          is vacant, against it "Vacant to be written:

            (as on 05.09.2013)


Sl. No. Name and Designation of the Judicial Officer Date of Posting / if vacant, "Vacant Since" Vacancy Contact Numbers


Shri Debasis Mukhopadhyay

District Judge (NDPS)



Office : 03912-232353

Resi.:    03192-232258

Fax:     03192-237598


Shri Sovan Kumar Mukhopadhyay

Additional District  Judge,

Port Blair



Shri Anjan Kumar Sarkar

Chief Judicial Magistrate - cum - Civil Judge (Sr. Div.), Port Blair

10.07.2013 Nil  

Shri Nachiketa Bera

 Judicial Magistrate, 1st Court, Port Blair


Sri Joy Sankar Roy

Judicial Magistrate , 2nd Court, Port Blair


Shri Arabinda Panti

Chief Judicial Magistrate - cum - Civil Judge (Sr. Div.),  Car Nicobar


Shri Priyajit Chatterjee

Chief Judicial Magistrate - cum - Civil Judge (Sr. Div.), Mayabunder


Shri Mintu Mallick

Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.) - cum - Judicial Magistrate,  Mayabunder


Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.)  - cum -Judicial Magistrate,  Campbell Bay




11. Particulars about the court building (sub-division wise)


Name of Sub-Division Details of Court Building including date of inauguration
Port Blair

Building owned by the Judiciary. Inaugurated on 07.04.1975


Building owned by the Judiciary. Inaugurated on 14.02.1975


Building owned by the Judiciary. Inaugurated in a temporary building on 27.05.1999. Permanent Court building was constructed and inaugurated on 11.10.2004

Campbell Bay Building owned by the Judiciary. Inaugurated on 08.10.2001



12. Names of different Offices of the Court:


Office of the Public Prosecutor / Additional / Assistant Public Prosecutors are housed in the Court buildings at each court complexes.

The following are the other offices housed in the building:

  1. Establishment Section

  2. Accounts Section

  3. Nazarath

  4. Cash Section

  5. Record Room

  6. Copying Department

  7. Library

  8. English Department

  9. Bar Rooms

  10. Custody Room

  11. GRO Office



13. Particulars about accommodation for the Judicial Officers in a particular station (sub-division wise)


Name of Sub Division Accommodation Details
South Andaman District
  1. District & Sessions Judge is residing in a quarter owned by the Judiciary.

  2. Additional District & Sessions Judge, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Port Blair, Judicial Magistrate First Class, 1st Court and Judicial Magistrate First Class, 2nd Court are residing in general pool accommodation.

  3. Chief Judicial Magistrate, Nicobar - cum - Joint Civil Judge (Sr. Div.) Andamans stationed at Port Blair is residing in govt. circuit house since he has not been allotted with any govt. quarter.

North and Middle Andaman District Judicial Magistrate First Class, Mayabunder is residing in a quarter owned by the judiciary.
Campbell Bay Sub-division

Judicial Magistrate First Class, Campbell Bay was residing in a small type-III quarter owned by the judiciary.

Nicobar District

The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Nicobar was residing in a small portion of the court building after renovation. The Court is now functioning at Port Blair.


14. Sanctioned strength and number of vacant posts of different categories of staff

        (as on 25.03.2011)


Categories Sanctioned strength Working Strength Number of vacant posts
Administrative Officer 01 01 Nil
Superintendent 01 01 Nil
Nazir 01 01 Nil
Stenographer Gr. - I 01 01 Nil
Head Clerk 01 01 Nil
Stenographer Gr. - II & III 08 04 04
Higher Grade Clerk 11 09 02
Record Keeper 01 01 Nil
Head Comparing Clerk 01 01 Nil
Lower Grade Clerk / Typist 14 10 04
Driver 07 06 01
Process Server 07 05 02
Daftari 07 01 06
Peons 20 18 02
Chowkidar / Night Guard 04 04 Nil
Farash 01 01 Nil
Gardener 01 01 Nil
Sweeper 04 04 Nil



15. Pendency of cases (total in the District as well as court wise in the different categories of staff


Sl. No. Name and Designation of the Judicial Officer Civil Cases Sessions & Other Cases

At Port Blair (as on 31.12.2010)


Court of District & Sessions Judge, A & N Islands




Court of Additional District & Sessions Judge, A & N Islands



Court of CJM - cum - Civil Judge Senior Division, Port Blair

1013 1371

Court of JMFC - cum -Civil Judge Junior Division, 1st Court, Port Blair

218 4213

Court of JMFC - cum -Civil Judge Junior Division, 2nd Court, Port Blair

53 2626
Total 2034 8611

At Mayabunder (as on 31.12.2010)

1. Court of JMFC - cum -Civil Judge Junior Division, Mayabunder 88 4477
Total 88 4477

At Nicobar (as on 31.12.2010)

1. Court of CJM - cum - Civil Judge Senior Division, Nicobar -- 22
2. Court of JMFC - cum -Civil Judge Junior Division, Campbell Bay 04 26
Total 04 48



16. Particulars about District Legal Services Authority and Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committees


I.    Andaman & Nicobar Islands District Legal Services Authority

  1. District Judge, Andaman & Nicobar Islands                      -    Chairman

  2. Chairman, Zilla Parishad, Andaman & Nicobar Islands                             -    Member

  3. District Magistrate, South Andaman                                    -    Member

  4. Superintendent of Police (District), South Andaman       -    Member

  5. Govt. Pleader, Andaman & Nicobar Islands                      -    Member

  6. Superintendent, Juvenile Home, Port Blair                         -   Member

  7. Chief Judicial Magistrate, Port Blair                                      -   Secretary

II. South Andaman Taluka Legal Services Committee

  1. Civil Judge (Sr. Div.), Port Blair                                            -    Ex-Officio Chairman

  2. Pramukh Panchayat Samiti, Port Blair                            -    Ex-Officio Member

  3. Sub-Division Officer, South Andaman                             -    Ex-Officio Member

  4. Dy. S. P., South Andaman                                                      -    Ex-Officio Member

III. North & Middle Andaman Taluka Legal Services Committee

  1. Civil Judge (Jr. Div.), Mayabunder                                             -    Ex-Officio Chairman

  2. Pramukh Panchayat Samiti, Mayabunder                             -    Ex-Officio Member

  3. Sub-Division Officer, Mayabunder                                            -    Ex-Officio Member

  4. Dy. S. P., Mayabunder                                                                    -    Ex-Officio Member

IV. Car Nicobar Taluka Legal Services Committee

  1. Civil Judge (Jr. Div.), Nicobar District                                     -    Ex-Officio Chairman

  2. Sub-Division Officer, Car Nicobar                                           -    Ex-Officio Member

  3. Dy. S. P., Car Nicobar                                                                    -    Ex-Officio Member

V. Nancowry Taluka Legal Services Committee

  1. Civil Judge (Jr. Div.), Nicobar District                                    -    Ex-Officio Chairman

  2. Pramukh Panchayat Samiti, Campbell Bay                        -    Ex-Officio Member

  3. Sub-Division Officer, Nancowry                                             -    Ex-Officio Member

  4. Dy. S. P., Nancowry                                                                      -    Ex-Officio Member


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