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Indira Point got submerged under water in the year ________.
A. 1984
B. 1985
C. 1972
D. 2004

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Hint: Indira point is a village situated in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands situated in the Bay of Bengal form a group of 572 islands.

Complete Answer: The southernmost point of India’s territory is the Indira Point, a village formerly known as the Pygmalion Point in the Nicobar district. It was later named as the Indira Point after the name of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The island is located on the eastern side of the Indian Ocean at 6.780621 degrees North and 93.8258513 degrees East. A lighthouse was commissioned into service by the Government of India on 30th April 1972. The southernmost tip of the shoreline sank 4.25 metres after the earthquake that occurred in 2004. In addition, many of the inhabitants, almost sixteen to twenty families, including four scientists who were researching leatherback sea turtles went missing in the tsunami that followed.

The current government of India has drafted a blueprint of the plan to transform the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and also protect the Jarawa inhabitants. The Indira Point lighthouse is an important navigational radar for the shipping lanes in the Malacca Strait.

Thus, the correct answer is option (D).

Note: Indonesia’s northernmost island, Rondo island is situated in the Sabang district of the Aceh Province lies 145 kilometres or 80 nautical miles away from the Indira Point.