Lucky 7 saga: govt oscillates on EIA study by NIO

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PANAJI: The state government, which had  approached the National Institute of Oceanography  for a study on the environmental damages occurred after the casino vessel MV Lucky Seven ran aground at Miramar beach, has failed to respond to the NIO after the national agency submitted cost details.

In September 2017, the government  had written to the NIO asking it to carry out an environment impact assessment  study on  the environmental damages occurred after Lucky Seven ran aground at the  beach.

The vessel lay grounded at the  beach for over two months in the monsoon and developed a 12-metre deep crack at its bottom. This   caused massive soil erosion at the shoreline.

It was later rescued and taken to Cochin for repairs.

“The NIO had received an official communication from the Goa government seeking a study on the damages caused to the Miramar shore by the vessel grounding. We soon prepared our plan on the required manpower and equipment and wrote back to the government quoting the cost of the proposed study. However, till date the NIO has not  received any response from the government,” said a source from the NIO.

The government had stated that the cost of the EIA study could run into  Rs 55 lakh suggesting that the Golden Globe Hotels Pvt Ltd, the promoter of the casino vessel, will have to bear the financial burden of the study that the NIO would undertake.

Sometime back Antonio Mascarenhas, a retired NIO scientist, had told ‘The Navhind Times’ that the Miramar shoreline had  started showing signs of damages.

Some environmentalists had  also raised an alarm saying that the vessel  might  have caused damages to the Mandovi waters and its marine life.

It appears that after the vessel had been taken to Cochin for repairs the government has not been keen on  knowing the facts about the damages.