Goa's coastline has paid the cost of every minute in the last ten years that the River Princess ship has lingered at one of the most famous beaches.
Work begins on dismantling the River Princess 10 years after she was shipwrecked. Meanwhile, the government is poorer by Rs.90 crores. Again, taxpayer money.
The NDTV crew at the site of the River Princess.
The abandoned ship has proved to be an environmental disaster changing the topography of the Candolim beach in Goa. Experts say the presence of this large unnatural mass on the sea bed blocks the natural flow of the sand in waves, causing much of the beach on the south of the corroding hulk to turn rocky.
NDTV anchor Sarah Jacob at the site of the River Princess.
The real picture is on the sea-facing side, which we managed to capture because we rented a boat to circle it. Holes have been cut into the frame by various salvage companies who began and abandoned the process over the past 10 years.
NDTV anchor Sikta Deo at the site of the River Princess.
The owners refuse to take any responsibility for the clean-up. Finally, a ship-breaking company has taken the responsibility, but is it a case of too little too late?