Minister for Science and Technology Alina Saldanha on Thursday stated that the concerned authorities should issue necessary permissions required to cut the grounded pontoon, otherwise there would be repercussions.
Saldanha was speaking to media following a meeting held to review the salvage operation of the pontoon at Arossim beach on Thursday. She said that there has been a lot of delay in cutting the grounded pontoon despite discussions and meetings with the stakeholders.
“Till date no concrete action has been taken to remove the grounded pontoon from Arossim beach,” she said, adding, the pontoon is now on the verge of sinking.
“It is high time the salvage operation was undertaken as the monsoon is fast approaching. The concerned authorities should issue necessary permissions to M/s Arihant Ship Breakers to start the salvage operation,” she said.
When asked whether any action will be initiated against the persons who are involved in issuing permission to hold a wedding party onboard the pontoon, Saldanha maintained that the concerned authorities should conduct an inquiry and not let anyone go scotfree.
Cansaulim Arossim Cuelim panch member Luis D’Costa said that the villagers of Arossim have decided to come out on the streets from Monday if the salvage operation is not undertaken by Sunday. “The villagers of Arossim are agitated and will not stay mum,” added D’Costa.
The deputy captain of ports Premlal Sirsaiker when asked about the delay in issuing the permission to cut the grounded pontoon, he disclosed that the government authorities should bear their responsibilities.