Govt to stop Goa Shipyard work to probe illegalities

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 29 April 2013 17:30 IST

Goa government has decided to stop the ongoing work of Goa Shipyard at Vollant Bounter and conduct a fresh inquiry into the hurdles caused to the fishing locality in Vasco.

The South Goa Collector, on 2 May, will convene a joint meeting of GSL, other concerned authorities and the local MLAs to find out a via media.

Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida has raised a concern while alleging that the GSL is illegally constructing a jetty and blocking access to the beach.

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar earlier stated in his written reply that there are no illegalities involved.

He also stated that the GSL had sought all legal permissions from the Coastal Zone Management Authority, Inspector of Factories and Boilers, Pollution Control Board as well as the MPT.

However, Almeida later pointed out that permissions belong to some other area while some permission has actually lapsed.

He also said that the GSL is denying reclamation when actually they are working in the reclaimed area.

Almeida also complained about loud sound and vibration being created due to the ongoing construction activity.

Parrikar agreed that solution needs to be found out for the vibration but denied that access to the beach is blocked.

“it is not proper to initiate action unilaterally against Goa Shipyard, keeping in mind that it manufactures ships for the defense ministry of the country”, said the chief minister.

Rather than giving them order to stop the work, he thus prefers to request the authorities to halt the work till the inquiry is complete. 

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