PANAJI: The Mormugao Port Authority(MPA) proposes to merely have a working facility for yachting purpose at Nauxim and there will be no infrastructure development for that part, claimed MPA Chairman N K Vinod Kumar.
“It will be only working facility for yachting purpose. Proposal is only in the conceptual stage,” he said. If people have objection or grievances about that we will be discussing with them, he added.
The Nauxim Marina issue resurfaced yesterday after MPA submitted before the High Court that they have withdrawing the previously issued show cause notice to M/s Kargwal Construction Pvt Ltd (KCPL) regarding the setting up of the marina.
International Cruise terminal to be operational by March 2024
International Cruise terminal work will be completed by November-December and the terminal will be fully operational by March 2024, informed Kumar.
The project with a capacity to attract high-end tourists was shelved by the MPA after a hue and cry by environmentalists who claimed it would harm the interests of the local people, including fishermen.
The Revolutionary Goans Party had filed a case in the High Court saying that the MPA had no jurisdiction over the waters where Kargwal Constructions Pvt Ltd had proposed the marina project (at Nauxim).
Later, MPA took a decision based on a board resolution to shelve the Nauxim project, while there was no word on another marina project on the south bank of the Zuari river.
In 2011, MPT, which is now MPA, tendered two marina projects and the highest bidders were called to construct the same. While the north bank was allotted to Kargwal, the south one went to a Goan company.