- Will replace old boats: River Navigation Dept
Will replace old boats: River Navigation Dept
The age-old ferry boats continue to inconvenience passengers and put their lives at risk. Against this backdrop, the government is planning to slowly phase these out and replace them with the new ones. For now, the River and Navigation Department (RND) has decided to add 3 new ferry boats to the existing fleet of 35, of which 29 are plying across 18 different routes.
With the addition of three boats, likely by September-end, the old boats namely ‘Chodan,’ ‘Miramar’ and ‘Penha Da France’ will be condemned. “We are expected to receive three new ferry boats, although there is no decision taken about its deployment route. It can be put to service at any ferry route where there is an urgent need,” a senior RND official said.
With 35 ferry boats on record of which 29 are in operation, 1-2 ferry boats are always on a stand-by. The department concedes that many of these boats are prone to technical faults on many occasions due to 18 hours of operation every day; however, they are sea worthy. “These boats undergo regular repairs and annual survey for sea worthy,” he added.
With demands to increase the fleet along busy routes, the RND official said it is the decision of the government. Government sources claimed that requests/demands from the residents are seriously considered. As per the official records of the department, four routes Ribandar-Chorao, Panjim-Betim, Old Goa-Divar and St Pedru-Divar are identified as busiest routes.
The last new addition was made in the year 2018 with ‘Malar’ ferrying passengers at Adpai-Rassaim route, and ‘Agapur’ and ‘Talapur’ on the Volvoi-Surla route.