Tourism dept proposes pontoon in Morjim river


While Tourism Department’s earlier plans of floatels met with poor response, the tourism ministry has now thrown up a novel proposal for a floating pontoon for recreation and tourism in Morjim-Chapora river.
The pontoon, which is ready for commissioning aims to cater to weddings, conferences, parties with 150 pax and has a restaurant on board. The proposal has come from Goa based Marine Solutions which specialises in yatch stations and has already completed two in Britona.
Cosme Da Silva, regional manager for Marine Solutions told Herald that the pontoon is approximately 30 meters x 10 meters and would be an attraction for corporate and local clientele who are now looking for novel and exotic avenues for organising programmes and parties. Da Silva has however pointed out that there would be no cooking on the pontoon and it would have only a kitchen for warming the food. 
The tourism ministry is however treading cautiously on the proposal as the company has to procure several licenses and approvals from the river navigation department, CRZMA, fisheries department and Goa pollution control board.
A senior official in the department however said, “This proposal is the first of its kind and various aspects will have to be considered before granting the approvals as is done in the case of water sports.”
Captain of Ports James Braganza when contacted said that the department would examine the proposal and felt that the idea was unique as long as it did not interfere with the navigational route. He said that so far the proposal for the floating hotel had not made any headway and the department would be open to the idea of considering the proposal. Earlier da Silva said that the new concept would also make use of Goa’s unexplored waterways for recreational purpose. He added that all safety measures and garbage disposal provisions will be given top priority. [H]