Chatham Saw Mill
The largest wood processors in Andaman is the Chatham Saw Mill in Port Blair. It was established by the British in 1883 and it can be reached by a wooden bridge as it is located on Chatham Island. The saw mill is still working and it has an important role in the betterment of the economy and development.
But now the mill is under the control of state government. It was set up for meeting the requirements of timber and wood based constructions. One of the largest saw mills in Asia, Chatham Saw Mill has gained international acclaim through these years for the high-quality timber products. The mill is able to saw about 20000 cum logs annually and almost around 750 employees are working at the mill.
Highlights: There is a modern museum in the compound of the Chatham Saw Mill complex exhibits the beautiful photographs and the working of Department of Environment and Forest and different handicrafts made of carvings, polishing, and paintings. The museum is a helping hand to know the history, culture, and development of the island through these years.
There is another highlight in the premises of the mill that is called Pillar of the Planet which was built in the year of 2009 to commemorate the 125 years of Forestry on the islands. You will be able to watch the different processes like bringing the woods into the mill, sorting, cutting and storing. You will be able to spot the bomb crater left by Japanese Ordnance in World War 2.
Timing: Except on Mondays and Public Holidays, the mill will be working on all the other days from 08:30 am to 04:30 pm.
Entry fee: Adults are requested to pay Rs.10 to enter the sawmill.
Location: Chatham Island, Port Blair. One can reach the mill via Foreshore Road in 24 minutes.