Manch convener yet to receive NIO report

River Princess Hatao Manch convenor Fermino Fernandes told TOI that he was yet to get a copy of the NIO report on the River Princess, which has been reportedly submitted to the tourism department. Fermino is one of the members of the monitoring committee which had been appointed by the high court of Bombay at Goa to oversee the removal of the ship's wreckage from the sea off Sinquerim beach.

The RPHM had been formed by Candolim villagers who had been affected by the erosion of the beach following the grounding of the ship off Sinquerim beach 12 years ago. "As I had said earlier, it is for the experts to say if an ything remains of the ship," Fermino told TOI. He added, "I must say people are happy that the beach is coming up, specially the shack operators, and we are grateful to Arihant for that. At the same time, as per the terms of the contract, they should remove whatever is still left," he said. [TOI]