PORVORIM:Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant today infomred that the government has decided to drop the Marina Project at St Andre.
“Marina will not come up now. So Hearing and all has been dropped. Let’s take other developmental projects forward ,” said Sawant
Kargwal Constructions Pvt. Ltd, an infrastructure developer based in Mumbai, had proposed to develop a yacht marina at Nauxim, a fishing hamlet near the state capital Panaji in North Goa. A concession agreement to this effect with the Mormugao Port Trust was signed in October 2010 and is valid for 30 years.
Under the agreement, the Trust has leased 10 ha of waterfront area to the developer. The area comes within the port limits of the Trust, as notified under the Indian Ports Act, 1908. According to the projects feasibility report, since Goa is a landstarved state, no land would be acquired for the project, and the company will reclaim 5 ha of riverside area to build the yacht terminal and other landbased facilities. The report estimates that the marina would host an annual traffic of 161 yachts by 2020 and over 500 yachts by 2040.
In December 2010, several hundred fishermen from Nauxim gathered to express their opposition to the marina. In January 2011, the Village Council of CurcaTelaulimBambolim (that Nauxim comes under) passed a resolution opposing the project. The project was in cold storage until it was approved by the State Investment Promotion Board at its meeting held on April 13, 2015, along with another marina project aimed at introducing yachtoriented tourism in Goa.