In order to commence the work of breaking down River Princess, the Candolim coast will be notified as “Notified Customs Point” as a foreign vessel can be broken only in such a notified area.
As it is not possible to move the vessel to the ship breaking yard at Alang in Gujarat which is the nearest “Notified Customs Point” for Goa, the authorities have decided to notify Candolim coast, revealed Director of Tourism Swapnil Naik.
The Goa government is also seeking to get an exemption from payment of 16 per cent customs duty on the value of the scrap from the vessel.
Meanwhile in another development, the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Mapusa has directed the Calangute Police to file an FIR with regards to the theft of Rs 6.2 crore copper wires from the vessel.
Two persons, Keta Govekar and Kashinath Shetye had complained to the Calangute police of the theft but they had not registered the FIR which forced the duo to approach the courts for a direction.
The duo had complained that the theft had caused loss to the exchequer and alleged that it must have been done in connivance with some government officials.