Arihant had urged NIO to defer study

 In a strange development, a day after the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) began the study to find out whether parts of the River Princess were still left in the sea off Candolim beach, the management of Arihant Shipbreakers wrote a letter to the NIO urging it to defer the study as they would send a team of divers to check whether any part of the vessel was left in the sea.

The NIO had conducted the survey between October 25 and 31 after accepting the government’s request. The letter surprised the NIO officials, who did not pay heed to the request of the Arihant Shipbreakers’ management and went ahead with the study, requested by the government following the demand by Arihant to settle their bill as they had fully ‘removed’ the vessel.

The sources in NIO said that they did not pay heed to the letter of Arihant as they could not delay the study as some members of the team assembled for the purpose had been brought in by rescheduling other studies being carried out by the institute and that any postponement could delay other projects. [NT]