Progress Report for the month of December, 2012

Date:
14.02.2013

1. Government has administratively approved:

i) Upgradation/renovation of the street lighting from Saligao Church in Saligao to Calangute Church in Calangute.

ii) Upgradation/renovation of the street lighting from Saligao Seminary to Pilerne Junction.

iii) 2 Nos. High Mast Lights one each at Cavelossim and Zalor beach.

iv) 9 Nos. of 4 arms lights at various beaches of Benaulim Coastline.

v) 1 No. High Mast Light at Sirlim.

vi) 4 Nos. of 4 arms lights at Dramapur in Velim Constituency.

vii)  Aesthetic façade illumination of Gajantlaxmi Temple at  Volvoi in Ponda-Taluka.


2. On 05/12/2012, this Department has carried out demolition drive against encroachers at Colva. During this drive, 25 Nos. of illegal structures/huts/shops were removed/demolished.

 

3. Government has Administratively Approved and Financially Sanctioned the work of upgradation/renovation of the existing Toilet block at Calangute beach.
 

4. The work of development, deployment, management, and operation of a water safety patrol almost throughout the coastline with State-of-the-Art facilities in the coastal waters of the State of Goa on turn key basis is in operation through M/S DRISHTI SPECIAL RESPONSE SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED, Dona-Paula. However, renewal of the contract for further period beyond 16/6/2013 has not been considered by the Government and accordingly, agency has been informed.  

5. Patrolling on the beaches is being carried out by the IRB Police personnel deployed on the beaches of Goa.
 

6. “M. V. River Princess”:   
Meeting of the Monitoring Committee chaired by Pr. Secretary, Revenue was held on 10/12/2012 at 11.00 A.M. in the Conference Hall, Secretariat, Porvorim-Goa, regarding cutting and removal of M.V. River Princess.
 

After the complete study of the survey conducted by the Officials of NIO and after deliberate discussions the committee decided as below:

i) That the claim submitted by M/s New Horizon Survey (I) Pvt. Ltd is false, and is a breach of contract Agreement, and hence there was no question of making any interim payments to them.

ii) That the report submitted by M/s New Horizon Surveys (I) Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, is also incorrect.

iii) It was noted that there is a substantial portion of wreck debris of M. V. River Princess which remains underneath the sea floor and on the sea bed, as per NIO report.  The wreck debris of M. V. River Princess is  approx. 180 mts. in length and 40 mts. in breadth and unestimated whole mass is still lying on the sea bed which needs to be removed at the earliest. The committee therefore decided to direct M/s Arihant Ship Breakers to get the ship wreck instantly removed and to submit in detail the actual plan on the system of removal of the buried wreck below the sand in the sea bed before the Monitoring Committee within 12 days. The committee also insisted on proper Monitoring of the removal of the debris. It was decided that that the Government should appoint an approved surveyor to monitor the whole process of the cutting work and the cost for the same should be borne by the contractor. It was decided to approach Goa Shipyard Limited or any suitable reputed agency for undertaking the task of estimating the debris tonnage and monitoring the work.

iv) The Committee decided that the Contractor should be asked to renew the Bank Guarantee of Rs.10.00 Crores immediately.

v) The committee also decided that it was important to verify the exact amount of wreck debris in tonnage which is still remaining on the sea bed and underneath the sea. For this the Committee deliberated upon the possibility of calculating/estimating the remaining portion of the wreck by obtaining the original construction plans of the vessel either from Director General of Shipping or elsewhere. The committee directed Director of Tourism to obtain the original construction plans of the ship for estimating the balance quantity of wreck debris of the ship.

vi) The members of the committee opined that M/s Arihant should be asked to submit justification for submitting a false claim to the Government. It was also decided to ask the M/s Arihant to come out with a plan of action and the time frame within which they would complete the balance work of complete removal of debris lying on the sea floor. The further course of action to be undertaken in this regard shall be decided in the next meeting of the Monitoring Committee.

vii)  The Committee deliberated on the fair weather days calculated by the Department and felt that the same should be carefully evaluated and taken on record after considering the holistic picture and completion of the contract.

Subsequently, necessary direction has been given to the Contractor and also explanation on some of the points have been sought from the contractor, as was decided in the above said meeting.

7. As part of promotional activities in domestic markets, Department has participated at Tourism fair held from 14th to 16th December 2012 at Milan Mela Ground, Kolkata.
 

8. Department has also Organized Heritage Festival held from 14th to 16th December 2012 at SGPDA Ground, Margao-Goa.
 

9. The Department has carried out the following trade activities:

 

Sr. no.

Name of the Activity

New Registration

Renewal

1.

House/Guest Houses

06

58

2.

Travel Agencies

02

02

3.

Tourist Taxis

57

203

4.

Water Sports Boats

NIL

NIL

10. Department of Tourism has also issued 248 Nos. NOC’s for setting up of temporary shacks in private properties being 106 in North Goa and 142 in South Goa. Similarly, Department of Tourism has issued 246 Nos. NOC’s for setting up of Huts in private properties being 86 in North Goa and 160 in South Goa.

 

11. Quite a number of tourists domestic as well as foreign continued to visit the State during the month of December, 2012.