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Goa: Talks held to identify new salvors for removing River Princess

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The advisory committee of the Goa state disaster management authority that met on Thursday held preliminary discussions on identifying new salvors to remove the long-stranded River Princess from the Sinquerim beach.

In the absence of chief secretary Hauzel Haukhum, the development commissioner S K Srivastava chaired the meeting of the advisory committee that deliberated on various options of removing the ship. Sources said Goan salvor Anand Madganvkar provided inputs to the committee about experts in the field and the committee is expected to take up the ground work of identifying the salvors.

The committee clearly preferred that the ship be towed away. But if that was not possible, the committee also deliberated on whether the ship could be systematically cut and disposed under expert supervision to prevent pollution of the beach.

The government cannot act on the River Princess due to the permanent injunction given by the sessions court not to remove the ship. The high court of Bombay at Goa is scheduled to hear the River Princess case on June 15 and the government hopes the high court will vacate the stay.

Mihir Vardhan, north Goa collector, who is the member secretary of the advisory committee, told TOI that the committee will consider various options but “first it is important to get relief from the court.” Once relief is obtained, the advisory committee will meet again, Vardhan said. But sources said the committee will submit a representation to the court highlighting the anxiety of the people and the present condition of the beach which is disastrous.

The committee also discussed the measures undertaken by the water resources department to prevent the erosion of Candolim beach. Vardhan will meet with officials of the water resources department and the contractor on Saturday and urge them to expedite the work. The committee is of the opinion that the water resources department should put in more workforce to speed up the laying of the geo-tubes so that the work can be completed by June 25. It was also decided that the contractor should give a daily update of the progress of the work to the chief secretary.

The meeting was also attended by Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes, tourism director Swapnil Naik, captain of ports A P Mascarenhas, chief engineer water resources S Nadkarni, superintendent of police north Goa Tony Fernandes and others.

Courtesy: TOI

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