The project proponents say the marina has a lot to offer the local people, region and Goa in toto. The Marina is envisaged to accommodate of 239 boats on the northern bank of the Mormugao Bay, on the opposite side of the MPT. It’s designed to accommodate small boats, with space to accommodate two larger 50m length yachts.
Stating that it will be an ISO standard, clean, green and pollution-free marina, AHOY Marina, project general manager-engineering Shridhar Kori, said the marina is a service industry, boat repairing service that provides servicing, maintenance and ensures the safety of boats parked in the facility.
“AHOY Marina will provide international standard yacht parking, yacht repair and maintenance including minor repairs, etc (also for local boats), Yacht club, dry docking using 600MT travel hoist, environmentally friendly boat fuelling without spillage (also for local boats), OEM specialized services, yacht school, catering, laundry services for sailors, wooden boat construction, international yacht racing, venue for international conferences and sailing events,” he added.
Kori added that the State will earn revenue from its taxes on all services offered by the Marina.
“There will be a steady growth in economy over a wide spectrum from tourism for every group of tourists, whoever has a genuine interest in marine life, boats, and water sports. There will be increased employment opportunities of both direct and indirect employment under marine and hospitality services provided for employment for Goans. It will have repair, fuelling and maintenance of locally owned boats in an ecologically friendly manner,” he added.
“Marina project will put Goa on the international yachting circuit. There will be first-of-its-kind marine education and skill development centre in the country, sailor education for fishermen with international certification for skill. Worldwide promotion of Goan culture will take place. This will also create way for creating avenues for organising events viz boat shows at an international level. Improvement of the area under corporate social responsibility on an ongoing basis will also take place,” Kori added.
Reacting to the opposition from loacls, Kori said his team had visited around 15 nearby panchayats.
“Environmental Impact Assesment (EIA) was sent to the panchayats via the government about this project. Special booklets even translated in Konkani language were also sent to panchayats to give information about these projects. There were several meetings taken with the panch members of various panchayats about the benefits of this ‘green project’, which is completely non-polluting” said Kori.
Project Director of AHOY Marina project, Col. Milind Prabhu, said they are open for any discussions, debate and are ready to satisfy people’s queries about the project, which will boost tourism, employment generation and provide other benefits to the locals. He added that it’s a blue green enterprise, which is compatible to coastal environment.
Prabhu added that the Solid waste generated will be collected and transferred to the approved municipal SWM facility of Goa.
“As there is no combustion process involved, there will not be any emissions. The “Zero Waste Objectives” will be the basis to establish Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP).The liquid waste will be managed for no disposal condition and the solid waste be managed off site in approved facilities. Thus, the proposed ETP will perform as Zero Liquid Discharge Plant” Prabhu stated.
He added that the development of marina shall pave the way to direct and indirect employment opportunities in the village. “Nauxim shall be identified as a tourism destination. The development shall also lead to development of ancillary industries in the village. The village shall gain revenue as taxation. There shall be development in the infrastructural facilities like roads jetty etc. Development in the fishing activity as there would be development and maintenance of jetty, market would be available at the door step, availability of fuel for the trawlers shall be easy,” he added.
He added that the youth can acquire knowledge on yacht training, maintenance and repairs etc. “They can get trained in skilled professions through the marina’s sailing school, get some experience working for the marina, and then go abroad and do the same job at a much, much higher salary,” he said.
He stated that pollution levels in the village shall be kept in check due to periodic monitoring. “ AHOY will also devise an exclusive Corporate Social Responsibility plan to improve upon the social infrastructures and progressively contribute to the social growth of the fishermen community around the project location,” he added.