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Palolem Beach, Goa, Wikimedia

May 25, 2017: College life is all about fun, excitement and making memories for a lifetime. It is the time when most students travel, seek opportunities and relish life. However, many students studying in college have a limited budget and lack the financial support to fund the trip. But the brighter side is, college students are least bothered by commitments that most young professionals have, and they can mask their appetite for wanderlust quite easily.

The good thing is, the budget is a state of mind and college students are free-spirited. They will find a way to travel even on a budget. College brings out the perfect time to travel because it helps you sort out your mind and you can meet new people on your way. It can be a life changing experience and traveling with your college gang can indeed be a happy affair!

There are pocket-friendly places where you can head out with your college group and experience the Incredible India!
BANGALORE
Bangalore is one of the most popular cities in Southern India and offers plenty of attractions for people for all ages. The city with a rich heritage, it is also known as the garden city. A country that brings together contemporary and traditional themes fused in its milieus. The architecture is mostly modern but with few historical exceptions. Bangalore has several colleges, universities and has a serious influx of young working people. It is highly popular for its vibrant nightlife and friendly neighborhoods. If you visit the city, you can search for cheap hotels in Bangalore on websites like Yatra; a one stop travel solution for all your travel needs. You can start the day however you like, but visiting Woderla Amusement Park and Cubbon Park are a fantastic way to pump energy and enthusiasm. Bangalore is famous for its parties so make sure you find yourself a pub!

Bangalore, Pixabay

MANALI
A highly popular place among people from North India. Manali is a highly-recommended place if you are fond of mountains, greenery, and breathtaking views. The city is easy to reach, and the drive to Manali will leave you panting in awe. With several adventure sports are on offer ranging from paragliding, rappelling, river rafting and skiing. Often called as the backpacking capital of India, Manali offers its visitors many hiking options and is a breath of fresh air! Make sure you visit Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, and Jana Falls. Go with your college friends, and be a part of the adventure!

Manali, Pixabay

RISHIKESH
Rishikesh is another fun place to visit with your college friends. If you are adventurous, then this is the place to go. It is popular for camping, bonfires, river rafting, bungee jumping, rock climbing and more. Bond with your friends, and make memories of a lifetime. One can hop from one café to another and eat scrumptious western food. Since religion is an integral part of Rishikesh; one can sign for yoga or meditation classes. If you are heading out to Rishikesh, make sure you visit the Beatles Ashram, which is one of the niftiest places to hang out with your friends.

Rishikesh, Pixabay

GOA
No college trip is complete without Goa on the list. The epitome of fun, Goa is the informally known as the party capital of India. It is the place to experience a range of emotions without worrying. A truly joyous place, the laid-back culture is what attracts most college students. The beautiful and serene beaches are truly enchanting and are dotted with several shacks on its front. It offers a memorable time that will leave you wanting for more. If your group likes a more calm and soothing place, then heading to South Goa makes sense. Otherwise, if you guys are all about noise and need a happening place, then nothing beats North Goa. Make sure you visit Baga Beach,, Fort Aguada and Calangute Beach.

Goa, Pixabay

All these places are pocket-friendly if you do your research right. If you are worried about the prices of hotels, then check out the popular travel websites like Yatra, MakeMyTrip, GoIbibo and more to make your holiday a hassle free and fun affair! College students are concerned about budgets, and these websites will make sure you get the best deal!

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Goa Coast in Danger with 2,800 Million Tonne Naphtha Floating Off the Coast

Alerts have been issued to coastal states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra, including Union Territories of Lakshadweep besides fisheries authorities

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Goa, Naphtha, Tanker
It lays cantered 200 km south east of Minicoy in Lakshadweep Islands and is to move north westwardly across Lakshadweep islands during the next 24 hours and then emerge into east central Arabian Sea. Pixabay

An abandoned tanker laden with 2,800 million tonne naphtha floating off the Goa Coast could spill its toxic content with a strong cyclone set to buffet the Arabian Sea Coastline.

Indian Coast Guard issued a fresh alert on Wednesday of a new cyclone towards Arabian Sea. The Coast Guard said, “While the Cyclonic Storm Kyarr moves away from the Indian coasts and continue to weaken, another well marked low pressure area has developed over Commorin and adjoining Indian Ocean area.”

It lays cantered 200 km south east of Minicoy in Lakshadweep Islands and is to move north westwardly across Lakshadweep islands during the next 24 hours and then emerge into east central Arabian Sea. Alerts have been issued to coastal states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra, including Union Territories of Lakshadweep besides fisheries authorities.

This has made things worse for the abandoned vessel laden with the toxic chemical. Top government officer said, “If any of the content spills, it will spell disaster for the aquatic and marine life as well entire coastal zone running for miles.” The main concern is that the vessel is laden with naphtha, which is highly volatile, carcinogenic and toxic with low boiling point, the officer added.

Goa, Naphtha, Tanker
Indian Coast Guard issued a fresh alert on Wednesday of a new cyclone towards Arabian Sea. Pixabay

Kyarr has already done damage to the abandoned vessel — MV Nu-Shi Nalini. The vessel ran aground on October 25 in close proximity of Dona Pula, near the house of Goa Governor, about eight cables from the shore Light House Aguada in Goa. “The said vessel has been abandoned since June 2018,” said the officer.

Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert. However, they cite negligence on the part of Central government authorities dealing with the vessel. MV Nu-Shi Nalini, an Indian registered abandoned vessel anchored off Goa since September 21, 2019, but it was abandoned, unattended for more than a year after seepage and explosion in the engine room.

Explosion and death

It was at about 5.30 p.m. on June 31, 2018, Indian Coast Guard Kochi received information from Cochin Port Trust regarding explosion in engine room on board MV Nu-Shi nalini at 14 nautical miles south west of Kochi.

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The fire was brought under control by the vessel crew. There were a total of 22 crew, all Indians, on board.

The ship is owned by Electran Shipping Limited and the vessel managers were Arya Shipping Limited.

The last port of call was Mundra in Gujarat and the vessel was moving towards Budge in West Bengal with enroute halt at Colombo in Sri Lanka.

INVESTIGATION

Goa, Naphtha, Tanker
The Coast Guard said, “While the Cyclonic Storm Kyarr moves away from the Indian coasts and continue to weaken. Pixabay

During investigation, authorities found that the vessel departed from Mundra port on June 8, 2018, and during passage leakage of Naphtha was observed in pump room with high volatile fumes ingress in the engine room at 12 noon on June 13, 2018. Because of this, the vessel deviated from its passage to Colombo and anchored off Kochi.

The leaked naphtha was transferred from the pump room to an empty tank, however due to seepage of Naphtha fumes in engine room, an explosion occurred at about 4.50 p.m. in the engine room.

The fire rendered the vessel without power generation and propulsion and the vessel remained off Kochi anchorage.

Post the fire incident, 17 crew members disembarked on board Cochin Port Trust Tug and four crew members, including the captain remained on board. The Cochin Port tug boats remained in close vicinity of the vessel for monitoring. One of the crew members received 80 per cent burn injuries and he later succumbed. Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy and Coast Guard tugs were deployed for assistance.

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Salvage Operation

In the meantime, the owner of the vessel appointed Resolve Salvage and Fire (India) for salvage. They embarked on the vessel on June 15 for assessment and subsequently four crew members disembarked from the vessel.

The salvours deployed one safety Tug named Tanzanite which remained in close vicinity of the vessel for any emergency. However, on July 22, 2018, salvours issued notice of termination to the owner due to disagreement in invoking the Special Compensation P&I Club Clause (SCOPIC) clause. Lastly, the salvours terminated the services from August 10, 2018, and demobilized the various equipments and tug.

Later, the owner appointed Lots Shipping Limited as new salvour on September 20, 2018 and the salvage operation started on October 10, 2018. The dangerous cargo was shifted by the salvours to other safer tanker on board and the owner planned to shift vessel to Sri Lanka for repair and safe discharge of cargo.

However, the vessel remained unmanned and posed a threat to the ecology of Kerala Coast and with salvours having terminated its services.

Threats and Legal fight

Indian Coast Guard took up the matter with Kerala state administration for disposal of vessel. A meeting was organised by state additional chief secretary, revenue head, environment head and disaster management head on November 16 to discuss the matter. It was decided that the issue will be taken with Director General Shipping for early disposal of the vessel.

In the meantime, Cochin Port Trust refused to provide berth to the vessel and the managers of the vessel thereafter files petition against the Cochin Trust Post at the Kerala High Court for not allowing the vessel to enter Kochi.

The port subsequently filed an affidavit stating that the vessel poses ecological and fire hazard to the port premises. The owner wanted to shift the vessel to Sri Lanka for repairs, however, case was filed with High court by one of the involved parties due to financial liabilities.

The Kerala High Court on April 3, 2019, directed the vessel not to enter the Kochi owing to safety issues and remain anchorage under arrest till financial security is provided.

Considering the impending danger posed by the unnamed vessel, the Central government counsel on the request the Director General Shipping approached the Kerala High Court to reconsider the directive and allow the vessel to proceed to any port where safe transfer of cargo is feasible.

“The High Court dismissed the admiralty suit and vacated the arrest order on May 29, 2019,” said the officer.

Thereafter, a series of meeting took place between all the stakeholders where it was decided for safe disposal of the vessel.

From Kochi to Goa

The vessel was taken over by Allahabad bank and was shifted under tow on July 9 from Kochi anchorage to Goa to discharge 2,800 million tonne of Naphtha. The vessel entered Mormugao port on July 15, 2019.

“Owing to local issues, the vessel was again shifted along with the cargo to outer anchorage of Mormugao port, Goa on September 21, 2019,” said the officer, adding that it was left unattended.

But with cyclonic storm Kyarr long the west coast of Goa, the unmanned, abandoned and anchored vessel slowly dragged from its initial position in north east direction and ran aground on October 25, 2019.

This has raised a serious threat to sea shore life. The Mormugao Port Trust and District Collector of the region have kept Pollution Response equipment standby.

The District Collector has also requested to augment contingency measures as per national Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan. But if the new cyclone hits the vessel it could be disastrous. (IANS)