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Another different view of the rocky Neil Island beach,the rock structure almostgoing down to the sea.This place is extremely hard to reach as it is filled with sharp edeged rock structure all around,which could prove fatal even if anyone suffer a little fall while balancing their way there,as they can penetrate deep in the skin like a knife.

Not all of Neil Island is sad story,as I mentioned in my earlier notes.In the year 1990 the Rotary Club of Port Blair (RCPB) decided to adopt Neil Island as a community development project. There were four founder members of SANE in the Rotary Club. The Club had the support of the hon'ble Lt. Governor that was a great help. RCPB constructed many sanitary latrines, established a Children's Park, arranged immunization of all the children with the help of the Directorate of Health Services and organized a massive tree-planting programme with the help of the Forest and the Agriculture Departments. In fact, on most holidays 10 to 15 Rotarians with their families used to visit Neil Island with a boatload of planting materials, spending the day there. The Directorate of Agriculture and the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) deserve the credit of keeping the green spirit alive that resulted in transforming the Island from a dust bowl to Neem Island. This project was instrumental in securing The Rotary District Governor's Environmental Award for that year. The Rotray Newsletters "Islander" of the time acknowledged the support of INTACH, SANE, CARI, School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamraj University, and Dr. Susan M. Wells of IUCN. The blue-green algae introduced at the time " to at least partially replace chemical fertilizers" did very well and is very visible today. More than 4000 tress planted them got established, thanks to the efforts of the Islanders, particularly, the youth who formed a Rotary Volunteer corps. In the Island. Neil is indeed a success story of people-NGO-Academic-Government collaboration for eco-restoration.

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