No payment for River Princess removal; probe into scrap deal

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 01 April 2013 14:06 IST

Goa government has decided not to pay for removal of River Princess until the complete ship wreckage is removed off Sinquerim beach, Goa’s most famous coastline till Calangute and Baga.

The state government is also planning to conduct an inquiry into the alleged fraud of selling the scrap material of the part of the ship that has been removed.

“We will not pay until the Arihant Shipbreakers complete the work as per the contract”, tourism minister Dilip Parulekar told the House today.

The issue was raised by Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, demanding criminal proceedings against the contractor for misguiding the government that the ship wreckage has been completely removed.

The MS River Princess, which had washed away to the Sinquerim beach on 6 June 2000, has been lying at the world famous beach for the last 13 years.

As the removal issue event went into several litigations and many contractors backed out last minute, the contract was finally given to Arihant Shipbreakers.

While removing only half of the ship remains, the contractor told the government that it has been completely cleared off.

Parulekar admitted in the House today that the wreckage of almost 180 meters in length and 40 meters in breadth is still remaining under the sand, as per the report submitted by the National Institute of Oceanography.

“Final decision in this regard would be now taken on 5 April at the Monitoring Committee meeting”, said Parulekar.

The demand of Lobo as well as Fatorda MLA Vijay Sardesai that the contract of remaining wreckage should not be given to the same contractor but a new company was not accepted.

“It is not a new contract but we are telling Arihant to complete its contract, otherwise they would not be paid a single paisa”, Parrikar assured the House.

The Monitoring Committee, in a meeting held last week, had in principle decided that the removal would begin after monsoons.

The final decision in this regard however would be taken on 5 April, said Parulekar.

When Lobo pointed out that Arihant has already taken away Rs 14 crore by undervaluing and selling the scrap of the part of the ship that has been removed, the chief minister assured him to inquire into it.

Lobo was demanding that FIR be filed against Arihant for causing environmental damage to the beach since the contract is not fully honoured.

He also pointed out that the state government has till date spent around Rs 36 crore to restore the beach.

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Dear sir

Now all works river princess removal are waste.The removal work is to be started now at the bottom materials taken.

No one can take them out.

Re tender will be good for remove the debris from inside the sea for 160 crores.

Others wise.deaths will happen like Chennai Merina beach.

Like River princess one wreaked vessel is not taken at Chennai Merina beach from the sea.

ship breaker has cut above water level.Most of the iron material are inside the water in sharply.

When the people take both in the water.the sharp materials enter the body and kill them.

The same thing has chance in Goa sea shore near river princess.

In chennai merina beach yearly death are nearly 10 to 15 per year because pf not taken the scrap iron materails.

Most deaths are happening in festivel time at Merina beach, Chennai.

If you have a doubt..you may refer in beach police station at Chennai

So.i ask the Government kindly to stop like deaths not happening at Goa beach.

Thanks

- bagthasingh Joseph, Tuticorin | 24 th December 2014 23:00

 

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