This mill was established in 1883 with the primary objective to meet the local requirements of sawn timber for the constructional works. The machines initially installed were second hand and operated with unskilled man power available at that time. Unfortunately during the Second World War, the mill was destroyed badly by the direct hit of bombs, paralysing its working completely.
However, after the Second World War, the Mill was revived in mid forties and fifties by salvaging the old machinery to meet the continued need of sawn timber of the islanders..
The Govt. Saw Mill, Betapur is one of the two Govt. Saw Mill in Andaman & Nicobar Islands established in the year 1955-56. It is located in Betapur Range of Middle Andaman Forest Division. It has got installed capacity to intake 5000 Cbm of round logs. It has got facility to treat timber as per directions of Hon'ble Supreme Court. It is under process of upgradation with aim to increase capacity of intake of logs to 12,000 Cbm, increase percentage outturn, improve infrastructure in terms of buildings & machinery to make all record keeping computerized and improve transparency in allotment of timber.