Just months after the tripartite memorandum of understanding between the Goa government, Mormugao Port Trust and Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) was quietly inked, MPT has gone ahead to implement the national waterways (NW) project in the state.
MPT has floated a tender for the design and commissioning of three concrete floating jetties on Mandovi (NW 68) and one on Chapora (NW 25). The estimated cost of all the four floating jetties is pegged at Rs 13 crore, officials said.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, an MPT official said that the project is being implemented on behalf of IWAI. IWAI has also appointed consultants to do a techno-feasibility study of the projects, which are being undertaken under the national waterways project.
The four floating jetties include extension of Captain of Ports Jetty at Panaji and Old Goa, the city jetty opposite of Dempo House, and jetty in Chapora river on the west side of the Siolim-Chopdem bridge.
MPT has floated a request for proposal asking qualified companies to bid for the project by submitting financial and technical bids by October 15. Thecompany should have a manufacturing facility for floating concrete pontoons in India and should not only design the floating concrete jetties but also supply and install the jetties at the earmarked location.
The floating jetties will consist of floating finger jetties, approaches, landing platforms and gangways. The jetties will be capable of berthing vessels which have a length of 22m and a draft of 1.80m.
Each floating jetty will have fenders, water facilities, fire extinguishing systems, electrical cabling, lights, fuel dispensers, drainage outlets and pumps.
“The design life of the jetty should be at least 30 years,” sources said. Six rivers — Mandovi (44km), Zuari (50km), Cumbharjua (17km), Chapora (33km), Mapusa (27km) and Sal (14km) — in the state have been identified as rivers of national importance under nationalisation of waterways project.
According to sources, a pre-bid meeting was held on September 20. Prior to setting up of the floating jetties, the approval of IWAI, Captain of Ports, Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and an environmental impact assessment will have to be obtained.