Tourism Minister Nilkant Halarnkar assured the House on Friday that the Britona jetty will not be used as a scrap yard to store the scrap from River Princess which is currently being broken down.
Replying to a calling attention motion tabled by Congress MLA Dayanand Narvekar representing the Aldona constituency, he said the scrap will be kept at Britona only to assess its value before it is disposed off. He pointed out that the scrap has to be kept at a Customs designated Point so that the scrap can be valued as the government has to pay the Customs duty on it.
He also assured the House that the Goa State Pollution Control Board will monitor the entire exercise to ensure that no damage is caused to the environment and added that the Tourism Department may even construct another jetty at Britona to expedite the work.
Dayanand Narvekar had raised the issue on grounds that the local people were agitated over the matter and also that it would damage the riverine ecosystem.
Work on breaking the ship that was marooned off the Sinquerim coast for 10 years began last month with M/s Arihant Ship Breakers, a Mumbai based company bagging the contract.