The removal of the M V River Princess moved a step forward with the project receiving a clearance from the Goa Coastal Zone Management Agency (GCZMA).
Government sources told GoaChronicle.com that the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearance was issued on Thursday evening. “All permissions have been received. The only one remaining is the customs clearance. The chief secretary is in Delhi pursuing other matters. He has been asked to take up the River Princess matter too and expedite the customs clearance,” sources said.
“Seeking a notification from the central board of direct taxes may also crop up. However, the notification of the customs is required. Payment of duty to the customs can be made later, as the government can furnish a bond. This is possible for the government, but not for a private agency,” sources said.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that the state government has asked Arihant Ship Breakers to move its machinery to Sinquerim beach. “The machinery can be moved and kept there as long as they (Arihant) don’t touch the ship,” sources said.
It is learnt that Arihant has apprehensions in doing so. Company sources say that they would prefer a letter from the government in this regard rather than a verbal direction.