Herald: Despite cyclone warning, it’s business as usual for cruise boats

Despite cyclone warning, it’s business as usual for cruise boats

13 Jun 2019 05:40am IST

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13 Jun 2019 05:40am IST

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GTDC chairman seeks detailed report within two days

PANJIM: While the State has geared up to tackle the impact of the cyclonic storm, which has moved to the north-west in Arabian Sea parallel to Goa, there have been allegations that the cruise boat operators have ignored the weather warning. 

Following the complaints that cruise boat operations were continued despite the weather warning due to Cyclone Vayu, the State government has sought for a detailed report from the officers concerned.

Besides the private players, the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has also operated leisurely the cruise boat tours along River Mandovi. 

GTDC Chairman Dayanand Sopte, who is just two-day-old in the Corporation, said he has asked for a detailed report. “I have asked my officers to inquire into the matter and submit a report to me within two days,” he told Herald. 

The Santa Monica Jetty has been the anchoring point for all cruise vessels which operates in River Mandovi. Herald has contacted the staff at the booking counters of GTDC and that of a private cruise boat company who acknowledged that the tours were not stalled but safety precautions were taken.

 “Our cruise boat tours are going on and trips were also made during the last two days (Monday-Tuesday). We are aware of the Cyclonic Vayu. As per the instructions by Captain of Ports, we were not permitted to go beyond the Panjim jetty wharf due to a sand bar,” a GTDC staff told Herald. 

While the inquiry has been ordered against cruise boat operations, water sport operators have also been violating the safety norms as the activities were underway at certain beaches. 

In one of the instance, the water sport activities were in full swing at Tiracol close to the Goa-Maharashtra border. A local, who requested anonymity, said the activity is thriving near the Satarda Bridge.

The government has banned water sports activities, with the order being annual, in view of the monsoon. The ban is lifted soon after the rains during the onset of tourist season.  

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