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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Govt: casino vessels cannot be shifted to Chapora river

PANAJI: Water Resources Minister Dayananad Mandrekar, on Tuesday, ruled out the possibility of shifting the casino vessels to Chapora River, saying that the height of the bridge would not permit the navigation of these vessels.
Replying to a question raised by Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, Mandrekar said that there have been speculations of the casinos being shifted from Mandovi River to Chapora.

“The casinos cannot even go to Chapora as the bridge is low, and the height of this bridge will not permit these casino vessels to navigate across,” he added.
He further said that the depth of the waters close to the banks is very shallow, and just about 1.5 meters, and locals go for clamp harvesting to this area.
He informed that the Chapora River Front Development project has received all the required approvals before the work on it  was commenced.
Permissions from all agencies including GCZMA (Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority), Captain of Ports (CoP), environment and others were taken, and only then the project work was started, he added.
He expressed confidence that the department would win the case filed before the National Green Tribunal (NGT), and the development work would be completed at earliest.
Meanwhile, the Water Resources Minister  informed the legislative assembly that 90 per cent of the works of the Tillari Irrigation Project has been completed.
“There are some issues of land acquisition, and the work shall be completed by 2017,” he assured the Leader of Opposition Pratapsingh Rane, who had moved a cut motion to the demands for grants for 2016-17 for water resources department.
He further said that the Betul Fort would be declared a heritage monument, adding a report has been submitted by the Archives and Archeology Department and the law department’s report is awaited for completion of the process.
He said that the finance department will draw up the financial expenditure estimates to be incurred.
Responding to the long pending demand of converting Adil Shah’s Palace, the old Secretariat of the state, into a museum, Mandrekar said that all the works pertaining to the project have been completed by the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (GSIDC).
“Files have been moved for the appointment of museologist and the GSIDC has been asked to do the appointment. I assure the House that the work will be completed by 2017”, he added.

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