PORVORIM: Goa tourism development corporation’s (GTDC) amphibious service project seems to have stalled for now.
The project had a soft launch two years ago but failed to take due to delays in getting various statutory permissions. Amphibious Tours Private Ltd, the agency which was selected to operate the service and was touted as one-of-its-kind in the country, has opted out of the project.
“The GTDC has decided to re-tender the services to look for a new bidder who will be given the responsibility to introduce these vessels in the state,” state tourism minister Manohar Azgaonkar told the assembly on Thursday, in reply to a question by St Cruz MLA Antonio Fernandes.
“As the process of obtaining the permissions took a considerable amount of time, the selected bidder lost confidence and backed out from the project. As a result, the agreement executed with the Amphibious Tours was terminated by GTDC and the performance security deposit of Rs10 lakh has been forfeited,” Azgaonkar said.
The minister also told the House, “GTDC has not incurred any expenditure on the project; neither capital or revenue expenditure. It was the responsibility of the successful bidder to design, develop, upgrade, finance, manage, market, operate and maintain, the amphibious bus. Due to the termination of the contract, the performance security deposit of Rs 10 lakh stands forfeited in favour of GTDC.”
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