THE SIXTH CASINO ON ITS WAY TO RIVER MANDOVI WAS GROUNDED AT MIRAMAR BEACH DUE TO THE CHOPPY WEATHER ON 17TH JULY 2017, AND IT BECAME AN ISSUE OF CONTROVERSY IN THE MEDIA. DESPITE AN ASSURANCE FROM THE BJP GOVERNMENT TO NOT TO ALLOW ANY MORE CASINOS IN THE RIVER MANDOVI, THE CASINO BOAT BELONGED TO THE FORMER HARYANA MINISTER GOPAL KANDA WAS ALLOWED TO ENTER THE RIVER, AND NOBODY KNOWS WHO GAVE THEM THE PERMISSIONS. MEANWHILE, THE SALVAGE PLANS ARE GETTING DELAYED DUE TO THE VARIOUS REASONS…
According to the sources, the 6th casino boat M V Lucky Seven may remain stuck in Miramar waters for little longer. The sources have confirmed that on Sunday the vessel was supposed to take place of the 6th Casino in river Mandovi was drifted back into the Miramar shoreline due to the bad climatic conditions.
However, the vessel owners Golden Globe Hotels Pvt. Ltd. and the Mumbai based salvage company, Arihant Ship Breakers have started making their salvage plans for the drifted ship. Earlier the government had assured that the ship will be removed from the Miramar shoreline as soon as possible, but looking at the delay and silence of the authorities over the issue, it looks like the M V Lucky Seven may remain unlucky for quite some time.
Meanwhile, according to the sources, the salvage company Arihant Ship Breakers have said that the plans for the refloating of the vessel may get delayed due to the need of redrawing of the plans, and the Salvage attempt would be possible only after the 28th of July or later.
Speaking with the media, Managing Director of the Arihant Ship Breakers Mr. Sanjeev Jain said, that there are some constraints faced by them, and the same needs to be addressed before the grounded vessel towed back into the sea. “An attempt will be made to salvage the vessel next Friday or next Saturday. We are mobilizing the equipment,” said Mr. Jain.
Meanwhile, the bow of the ship has already started emerging on the sands of the Miramar Beach, which means that the ballast water tanks which were supposed to keep the ship afloat in the water failed to prevent the vessel from moving about.
At the same time when the ruling party leaders keep telling the Goan people that no more casinos will be allowed into the River Mandovi, the owner of “Casino Big Daddy”, Gopal Kanda had announced before the media that his casino would have four decks with the restaurants and the entertainment area on the third deck. He also said that the casino boat will also have the sun deck.
Based on the information available from the sources, the removal process of the distressed ship would be done with the help of Crane Barge used in the combination of powerful Tugs and Pneumatic air floats. The marine experts feel that if the ship remains for the longer period of time on the Miramar shore than it will pose a risk for the vessel, and the leakage of the oil also could not be ruled out. Please do share your views on this issue.
IMAGE SOURCE: JOE GOA UK